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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Series: Montague Siblings, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times best-selling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor - even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind - avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens - a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

©2018 Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Moira Quirk gives crisp, purposeful voice to Felicity Montague, a young Englishwoman in the 1700s with the single-minded ambition to become a doctor - a path that seems hopelessly closed to her.... Quirk makes the most of her portrayal of Johanna, whose high, girlish voice rises and falls with her emotions and belies her strength and ingenuity....listeners will be rooting all the way for these formidable women who are determined to carve out lives for themselves on their own terms." (AudioFile)

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Girls too Wild for the World

Felicity Montague is a fabulous narrator and a perfectly imperfect role model for stubbornly ambitious girls living in any century. It was great to see her leave the boys behind and go on her own voyage with two strikingly different yet equally admirable female accomplices (though minimal Monty was still marvelous Monty and I was delighted whenever he and Percy appeared) Once again, Lee's 18th century setting is lush and vivid and made accessible to 21st century readers with lashings of quirky humor. I got this on audiobook and am sure I was smiling giddily or getting sentimentally tearful whenever I was listening to it. I loved it. I have to pray Mackenzie Lee is not yet bored of writing about the Montague Siblings because I'm still craving more of their adventures.

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  • 14-09-19

Felicity was my favourite character from Book 1

This book was quite different to Gentleman's Guide and I enjoyed it more. Felicity was my favourite character from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue which is why I wanted to read this sequel. It was great to have a whole book dedicated to her.
Great narration as the main character though a couple of the side characters' accents were a bit suspect.

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Not as good as first book but still enjoyable

I absolutely loved the Gentleman's guide to vice and virtue, so I was rather happy when I found out there was a second book.

I wished there was a little more humour in this book like there was in the first one. I liked the story, and I love Felicity, but it didn't gel as well as the first one.

The narrator did a great job for the most part, expect for Monty's voice. It sounded too cockney for my liking, and not different enough from Platt's.

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Ridiculously Good!

Fantastic sequel to GGTVV! Great to hear about Felicity's travels whilst still getting little updates about Monty and Percy. It's so rare to find a book which has female and LGBT characters written so wonderfully!
Would definitely recommend!

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amazing

a wonderfull story filled with humer and joy with plenty twist and turns to keep you guessing on how it's going to go a grate read

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So glad for a second book

I stumbled on the first book as a recommendation via Audible and it was brilliant.

as soon as it ended I was left wanting more. Once I saw this was released I stated it straight away and was not disappointed. I loved the new new characters and story, beautifully performed and utterly addictive.

here is hoping for another instalment

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A fun romp

I definitely enjoyed this more than the first which... I wasn't sure could be topped

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Even better than GGVV

New favourite word - romp! You are Felicity Montagu and you deserve to be here.

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Great

Brilliant audible narration of a fabulous book highly recommended to all. Felicity is an incredible character and loved seeing Monty and Percy again

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  • H. Kravitz
  • 25-10-18

very fun listen

Wonderful story and a great sequel. I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it since I'd had lukewarm feelings about Felicity in the first book of this series but she has grown on me tremendously in this book. Reading about her struggles and seeing her grow because of them was wonderful She was a great pov character.

The reader also gave a wonderful performance. Great vocal work. I definitely recommend this book!

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  • Lili
  • 10-10-18

Quite the adventure and romp

I so enjoyed the first book...The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I was worried the sequel would disappoint, especially the narration, which was spectacular for the first book.

Well, this book has a different narrator, but one who is very much up to the task of telling this story, from the perspective of this protagonist....Felicity Montague. The tale starts off a bit slow, in a bakery in Scotland. It then picks up quite a bit once Felicity reunites with Monty and Percy in London. After that it’s all sort of perilous, pirate-y, a bit fantastical, and a real page turner.

The oppressive patriarchy of the time period is quite grim, but Felicity is grimly determined to overcome it. The author has a gift for creating very memorable scenes....like the description of Joanna in her Masquerade Ball costume, and the lights playing off of it.....that will stick with you. As will the incredible difficulties of the time period, especially for anyone who isn’t privileged, and most anyone who isn’t privileged and male.

I feel like the fantasy element that is introduced in both books is a bit distracting. Because they aren’t fantasy books. They are historical fiction books with a single fantasy element. But that aside, I love MacKenzie Lee’s style, and I hope there will be a third book in the series. And if there is, I hope all three principal characters Monty, Percy, and Felicity, will be in it, as they are their most interesting selves when they are in each other’s proximity.

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  • Jeffrey B (Pool) Nattania
  • 18-11-18

Brothers Do It Better

though this was a sequel and we pretty much new what might happen, the first book in this series was waaaaaaay funnier. maybe it's because I'm a gay male and for that reason Monte had better linea I could relate to, or it could be that Ms. Monteque was too predicable. Nonetheless, it was a great entertaining book

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  • Kehley
  • 03-12-18

Fun sequel and a great read

After finishing The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue I immediately wanted to read this next. It's a fun companion book and has much of the energy and humor that made its predecessor so good. The novel does a great job with strong, independent, smart women -- the development of their motivations, struggles, and relationships is wonderful. Topics like sexism and feminism (and femininity) blend well with the story and dynamic characters. It's a fun adventure in its own right, though it definitely perks up a bit more when Monty/Percy get involved. Overall I really liked it and the final chapters had me smiling.

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  • Jessica M. Henn
  • 11-11-18

Pirates and Dragons and Girl Power, oh my!

I absolutely adored the Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and was ridiculously thrilled when I saw there was going to be a sequel from Felicity's POV. I was a bit apprehensive about narrator choices because Christian Coulson was such an amazing narrator for the Gentleman's Guide but obviously it wouldn't really work to have a male narrator for the Lady's Guide. I was quite pleased with the choice of Moira Quirk. I have liked her work on other books and she does a good job here.
It is hard to not compare this with the Gentleman's Guide, and it is also difficult to compare them. The writing style that I loved in the Gentleman's Guide is the same between the two, and once again we find ourselves on an adventure traveling all over 1700s Europe and North Africa. Yet what I like about the two are different. I adore Monty and Percy's relationship in the Gentleman's Guide, and their search for the panacea was fascinating to me. Felicity is less charismatic than Monty, and while I enjoyed the plot, I was more interested in the panacea quest than Felicity's quest to find dragons and scientific acclaim. That being said, I could relate to Felicity's struggles against sexism so much, and I really liked the female friendships. I like both books, I just got different things out of them.

For those of you like me who couldn't get enough Monty and Percy in the first book, fear not for they make cameo appearances, though they aren't there as much as I'd like. (But let's be real, if they were around as much as I wanted it would be another Monty book).
I had an aunt that would always give me books with strong female characters when I was growing up and the whole time I was reading this I couldn't help but think this would have been one of her selections and it made me want to pass it along in the same tradition.
#Gender #1700s #clever #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-18

A snooze

A little boring. Long lead up to every single major event, but no payoff. More complaining than acting on the main character's part. The piracy thing is straight up misleading considering the main character has maybe 5 pages overall of dealing with actual piracy. Overall couldn't wait to finish this book so I could just move on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-18

THIS was EVERYTHING I could have ever expected

I was obsessed... OBSESSED with the first book. i was obsessed with the confrontation of racial injustice, feminism, and homophobia. the world was so perfectly realistic and fantastical that I was almost dreading this book. How xould it POSSIBLY live up to Monty and his beau's romance, and the relationship between siblings, the defiant spirits and the beauty that is the story around it all?
Let me just say, above anything I am ASHAMED to have every doubted the magic that is this book. ASHAMED to have seen it as just "the second book".. this, was everything I imagined, and more. The story sunk it's teeth into me from the start, and it only got worse the further I listened. I mean, the relationship between SIM and Felicity, to start was just... SO GOOD. There was a slow climb of attachment, and a slow climb towards what I see as a partnership. Felicity was never perfect, she was challenged in her mindset, and I'm just going to stop now. this book was almost better than the first... almost is so loose because I literally can't decide what book I loved more!!!

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  • Corrie Yadon
  • 12-11-18

Anti- Romance

Mackenzi Lee does it again. This novel was so much fun. Felicity is fierce, independent, driven and honest to a fault. Sometimes she isn't that likable, but she knows what she wants. Joanna is a joy, and Sim is a perfect contrast to the two English ladies. I appreciate that the protagonist recognizes that people are complicated and that she herself isn't as straightforward as what is considered "normal." Relatable and honest with a touch of fantasy. Oh! and Monty and Percy are a delight, as always.

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  • Aly P
  • 07-11-18

Okay sequel

The narrator did a really good job, I just didn't feel like the plot was super interesting. It was slow until halfway through, when we finally got to the pirates and dragons. The ending wasn't too bad and I'm glad we saw Percy and Monty again.

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  • Poonam
  • 23-10-18

Absolutely amazing

I became a huge fan of the first part, the reading was strikingly perfect and Monty was probably the best character I’d read about, with Monty and Percy’s chemistry being unmatchable so I thought this might be tough to like. But I was completely wrong. It is unbelievable that a sequel so different managed to be as great of a book, and performance that I can’t wait to listen to both of these books again.

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