Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist - a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse - or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high-society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
©2013 Sharon Biggs Waller (P)2013 Listening Library Audio
"An enjoyable historical romp." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Historical Fiction had quickly become my favorite genre, and its books like this that make it so.
Loved the story about the struggle for women's rights intertwined with the art world. It took a great deal of courage to do what they did.
"Not bad but not good."
I didn't mind the story, but it dragged. I found myself wanting this book to end.
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