My latest read from Bethany House is A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
A Most Peculiar Circumstance is listed under historical fiction, but I would say that it is about as historically accurate as Pirates of the Caribbean. But if you can handle a very large willing suspension of disbelief (and don’t mind camp), then this is a fun read.
Turano tells the story of suffragette Arabella Becket who gets hunted down by misogynist maniacs and rescued by a very handsome private eye.
There was a very strong women’s lib theme to the book, which I appreciated. I only wished there had been more facts included, or perhaps an author’s note at the end of the book.
The real historical truth is that suffragettes often went to jail for their cause. Sometimes they went on hunger strikes and were even force-fed. They put their lives on the line for all of us. (Check out I would camp out to vote!)
It’s hard to imagine a time when a woman could be in an abusive marriage, but know that if she escaped she would never see her children again. It’s hard to imagine a time when women couldn’t even deposit their own paycheck.
We’re so used to hearing names like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but what about Victoria Woodhull or Isabella Beecher Hooker?
So Ms. Turano, that would be my request. When you write a book about Felicia and discuss orphanages, put in an author’s note at the end. When you write about Agatha, include something about real-life female journalists like Rose Wilder Lane.
Or maybe you could work up a facts page about each book for your website. I’m sure you did a whole bunch of research as part of your writing. Please share!