Author: Mackenzi Lee
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Audiobook Length: 11 hours 16 minutes
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling 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.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy follows Felicity Montague. While the first novel followed her brother Monty and his love interest Percy, Felicity was along for the ride in their story. In this novel, which takes place a year later, Felicity is the central character while Monty and Percy take on a secondary role. Due to this format, readers should read the novels in order, although they could read this as a standalone if they chose. Felicity is trying to find a medical school in the UK that will admit her, which is proving difficult despite her extensive medical knowledge.
Felicity’s adventure takes off when she discovers that her childhood friend, Johanna, will be marrying her idol, Dr. Alexander Platt, so Felicity goes to Stuttgart, Germany. Eventually this quest leads to an adventure involving pirates, dragons, and sea battles with many dangers along the way. Along with the adventure, Felicity is questioning her direction in life as she battles between accepting her role as a woman or to continue her dream of going into the male-dominated misogynistic medical world. This inner struggle plagues her throughout the novel and it is interesting seeing her go through her own journey. She has a lot of growth throughout the novel, and I liked how her story was portrayed. As this story has some historical basis, there was a nice note by the author included in the novel to give some additional background on this element.
After experiencing Felicity through Monty’s eyes in the first story, it was nice to see her as her own character and see how she sees Monty and Percy’s character traits. The pacing of this story is a little slower as it takes awhile for the perils to fully begin, but it does give readers the chance to connect to Felicity. I loved that Monty and Percy may not have been the main characters, but their story continued in this one. Readers have the chance to catch up with their lives without taking away from Felicity’s story. With Felicity and Monty’s stories complete, I cannot see what the final story about the mysterious third sibling, Adrian, has to offer!