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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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a fun romp with a heap of heart

fun historical fiction with all the representation. ace rep among them! and those friendships were so good. it was also very sweet to see Monty and Percy from the outside

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  • H. Kravitz
  • 25-10-2018

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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  • Becca
  • 10-10-2018

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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  • Kehley
  • 03-12-2018

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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  • Jeffrey B Nattania
  • 18-11-2018

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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  • Corrie Yadon
  • 12-11-2018

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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  • Jessica M. Henn
  • 11-11-2018

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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  • aly p
  • 07-11-2018

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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  • Saad
  • 23-10-2018

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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  • Tiffany Remediz
  • 14-10-2018

Talk about badass broads

I loved this book. Mackenzi Lee actually has another book called Bygone Badass Broads which tells stories about real women throughout history... if she wrote one for fictional characters this book would have some great women to write about.
This is book 2 of the Montague Siblings, read book 1!!, and it follows Felicity. Felicity wants nothing more than to be a doctor but sadly that day in age just wasn’t having it. So this book follows her on an adventure where she meets a new friend and reconnects with an old in a crazy series of events and it’s so entertaining. It’s funny, touching, and did I mention I loved it??
Must read or listen because the audible narrator was great!

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  • Mer Boy
  • 11-10-2018

Different enough to stand alone, but the same delight to hear

I loved “the Gentleman’s Guide” and couldn’t wait for the second book. It took me a while to adjust to a story about Felicity (after falling so deeply in love with Monty and Percy) but very quickly was drawn in and didn’t mind anymore.
Yes, I missed the sexual tension between the boys, but the new adventure story (similar story arc) had me hooked, and I finished it in no time flat. Hurrah to Mackenzi Lee and the ability to create such funny and meaningful characters. When is #3 coming out???

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  • Kell Cowley
  • 06-10-2018

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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  • 匿名
  • 06-12-2018

Even better than GGVV

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

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  • Scarlet Wilson
  • 24-11-2018

Great

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