Diana Forbes’s debut novel for Penmore Press (March 2017), Mistress Suffragette, is set in the Gilded Age of late nineteenth-century New England, when women were bound by strict rules of conduct and conformity. As the book’s charming, willful protagonist becomes involved in the budding Suffrage Movement, modern readers gain insight into the early fight for women’s rights.
Penelope Stanton attends a Memorial Day Ball in Newport, Rhode Island with a figurative gun pointing at her head. She has recently been jilted by her gold-digging fiancée after her family’s reversal of fortune during the Panic of 1893. Penelope is driven by her scheming mother to attract a wealthy suitor to keep the family financially afloat…
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