Sunday, 24 November 2013

Books Read: Catherine King - A Sister's Courage

When her mother passed away, Meg Parker was forced to sacrifice her chance at love for the sake of her family. She hopes she will be able to live a full life once again after her father remarries - until tragedy strikes a second time. Suddenly, Meg is facing a darker future altogether.


Lady Alice Langton is travelling the Yorkshire Dales, spreading the suffragette message. Florence Brookes, the daughter of a prosperous grocer, accompanies her, impassioned by the cause but seeking distraction from her own troubles. Appalled by their lack of domestic skills, Meg decides to flee her old life and joins the two women as their maidservant as they make their way to London.

When Meg is reunited with her old flame, she is hesitant about her feelings for him - not least because of the rift this causes between her and Lady Alice. It's not until Florence's actions land them in jeopardy that Meg realises she must find the courage to make a heartbreaking choice.

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Meg Parker is a victim of circumstances, being the only girl in the family she's expected to take on her mother's role after she died to the extent of sacrificing her own love life.  After her father remarries she finally sees a chance to create a life for herself but things don't work out quite as expected.

After a chance encounter with a travelling suffragette, Lady Alice Langton and her companion Florence, Meg joins them as their maid and finds herself amidst the fight for the rights of women to be able to vote whatever it may cost them.

It was interesting to read how the relationship between the three women worked as on paper they shouldn't have met or become friends as they have nothing in common as all are from very different backgrounds.  

All three, Meg, Florence and Alice, were very strong women in their own rights but I have to say that Meg was my favourite as she was the one who had overcome the most including a traumatic event that made for shocking reading that was completely unexpected.  

A Sister's Courage is now the third book by Catherine King that I've now read and once again she hasn't disappointed although it turned out to be a bit more of a grittier read than I first envisaged. 

I'd like to thank Frances at Little Brown for sending me a copy of this book to review.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Shaz, for writing this lovely review. I wanted to show how the lives and loves of three women from different levels of society contributed to them becoming committed to the Suffragette cause. I wanted, also, to write about how they suffered at the hands of parliament, the police force and prison service. Suffragettes were amazingly strong, determined women.