Blog Tour: Prospects of a Woman
By Wendy Voorsanger
353 pages, published October 20, 2020
She Writes Press
Note; I received this book directly from the publisher via PR By the Book to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.
About the Book:
Elisabeth Parker comes to California from Massachusetts in 1849 with her new husband, Nate, to reunite with her father, who’s struck gold on the American River. But she soon realizes her husband is not the man she thought—and neither is her father, who abandons them shortly after they arrive. As Nate struggles with his sexuality, Elisabeth is forced to confront her preconceived notions of family, love, and opportunity. She finds comfort in corresponding with her childhood friend back home, writer Louisa May Alcott, and spending time in the company of a mysterious Californio. Armed with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, she sets out to determine her role in building the West, even as she comes to terms with the sacrifices she must make to achieve independence and happiness. A gripping and illuminating window into life in the Old West, Prospects of a Woman is the story of one woman’s passionate quest to carve out a place for herself in the liberal and bewildering society that emerged during the California gold rush frenzy.
I love historical fiction, and have been intentionally reading historical fiction from different time periods that I haven't read about. I've read a ton of WW2 historical fiction, but little from the California gold rush time period. I was also excited to read this book because of the Louisa May Alcott connection, which was an interesting and fun component to this book. I loved the author's writing style--it was so easy to read "just one more chapter." Elisabeth was an engaging character who I grew to admire over the course of the book--I can't imagine being a woman on my own during that time period. I admired her spirit and determination throughout the book. If you're looking for a solid historical fiction set during this time period featuring a strong female character, I absolutely recommend this book!
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