In 1896, Isobel McFadden boards the S.S. Farnassia to seek a bright future in America, far from the hands of her cruel father. But the nightmare that awaits Isobel when she arrives in West Virginia is almost more than the 16-year-old Scottish woman can bear.
Sold into indentured servitude by her father, Isobel is appointed head matron of Helsley House Insane Asylum, where she is in charge of caring for 42 deranged women. As Isobel gets to know the women of Helsley House, she discovers a shocking secret: these women are not imprisoned because they are insane; their captivity is a result of something much more insidious.
The reform and suffragette movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought to light the stories of silenced and abandoned women – women who were tormented, abused, or locked away for speaking out for what they believed in, for fighting for their rights – for wanting better lives.
Spotted on Netgalley a while back and now on my wishlist. I found I couldn't get the premise out of my head. I wasn't approved so it's just a matter of waiting for release now.. Buying In by Laura Hemphill.
Bright, ambitious Sophie Landgraf has landed a job as a Wall Street analyst. The small-town girl finally has her ticket to the American elite, but she doesn’t realize the toll it will take—on her boyfriend, on her family, and on her. It isn’t long before Sophie is floundering in this male-dominated world, and things are about to get worse.
With the financial crisis looming, Sophie becomes embroiled in a multibillion-dollar merger that could make or break her career. The problem? Three men at the top of their game, each with very different reasons for advancing the merger. Now Sophie doesn’t know whom to trust—or how far she’ll go to get ahead.
Set inside the high-stakes world of finance, Manhattan’s after-hours clubs, and factories in the Midwest and India, this is the high-powered, heartfelt story of a young woman finding her footing on Wall Street as it crumbles beneath her. Written by an industry veteran, Buying In tackles what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, and how to survive in big business without sacrificing who you are.
Spotted and requested on NG because I LOVED this author's The Last Telegram, Liz Trenow's The Forgotten Seamstress. On my wishlist.
It is 1910 and Maria, a talented young girl from the East end of London, is employed to work as a seamstress for the royal family. As an attractive girl, she soon catches the eye of the Prince of Wales and she in turn is captivated by his glamour and intensity.
But careless talk causes trouble and soon Maria’s life takes a far darker turn. Disbelieved and dismissed she is thrown into a mental asylum, shut away from the real world with only her needlework for company.
Can a beautiful quilt, discovered many years later, reveal the truth behind what happened to Maria?
On my wishlist because it promises some women in aviation... What Our Hearts Remember by Judith McAllister. For some odd reason it is not available on Kindle and the PB is like 21 bucks, a bit out of my price range. I discovered while doing my "woman pilot" search on Amazon.
At the end of The Great Depression, three young women come of age in a small town. NORA has life planned-marriage to Charlie, a house with a picket fence, and children-until two fateful decisions, one his and one hers, put everything in jeopardy. VIVIAN seems to have it all-beauty, drive, and a golden voice, but beneath that bright veneer hides a wounded songbird with dark, self-destructive secrets. And, in the wake of painful disappointment and loss, reliable KATE must put romance and a life of her own on hold. Will these friends be strong enough to overcome what the future has in store? Or, as America plunges into a second world war, will they see their dreams fade?
And hey, this one is FREE TODAY!!!! Woman engineer in 1855.
Charles Lucas is one of the country's top engineers, tipped to be the new Brunel. He is too busy with his work for love - especially with a member of the gentry. When he meets Louise, she interests and intrigues him like no woman before. But he must make some serious decisions when he hears disturbing rumours about her.