Read Impossible Saints Online Free - Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson.
Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.
As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for.
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January 29, 2018
from my blog
(pardon the loquacious fervour!)
"Why is it that men's courage is called bravery but women's courage is called recklessness- or, even worse, foolishness?"
"That's just it, Harriet. Doesn't It bother you that we're still making the same arguments she (Wollstonecraft) made more than a h...
December 02, 2017
*** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***
Learn how a true suffragette balances life and love in Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood. Meet and fall in love with the kindness and strength of Ms. Lilia Brooke.
Lilia Brooke is the only child to the local headmaster. Her dreams and ambi...
October 26, 2017
I received a free e-copy of Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood is a one of a kind book. It will stay with me and become one of the books I read over and over again. It’s not because of the romance aspect but...
June 23, 2017
Of course I love this novel - I'm her agent! If you love fierce and fiery suffragettes, complicated romances, and Grantchester on PBS/BBC, this book is for you!
November 04, 2017
A wonderful debut, a solid plot, and intriguing characters. A book i would advise to people who are looking for historical fiction with something more. A bit too sedate and emphatic at times but really good on a generale level.
It surely deserves five stars.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Pegasus Boo...
November 28, 2017
There are two things I love to get from historical fiction, especially when I am thinking about whether it's a good book club book. First, does it teach me something I didn't know and make me want to learn even more? Second, does it lend itself to spirited discussion and debate? IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS...
November 01, 2017
It is hard to wrap your mind around the fact that barely over a 100 years ago, women were giving up their lives for the right to vote. Women were imprisoned for fighting for the right to vote. Women were ostracized for wanting the right to vote.
Impossible Saints reminds us of all these facts and...
December 18, 2017
Temptation takes many forms and IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Clarissa Harwood explores the theme of temptation in different ways. Paul, an ambitious clergyman, has fallen in love with Lilia, a temptation that causes him to question the things he thought were important. Lilia aspires to be like her hero,...
November 30, 2017
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, jeez, finally reviewing this.
Bored and unsatisfied with her life as a schoolmistress, Lilia exchanges the tedious doldrums of her rural village existence for one of drama and danger with the suffrage movement in London. A...
January 31, 2018
I made it through a whole two chapters before giving up. The writing is so bad that I wanted to stop after the first chapter, but I was entertained enough to keep going. I kept reading lines out loud to my son and we laughed hysterically. I felt like I was reading a first manuscript. It's just ba...