No Life for a Lady: The absolutely joyful and uplifting historical romcom everyone is talking about

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No Life for a Lady: The absolutely joyful and uplifting historical romcom everyone is talking about

No Life for a Lady: The absolutely joyful and uplifting historical romcom everyone is talking about

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years after her mother's disappearance, Violet decides to hire a detective to help her find her mother and find out what happened to her. I would say that the last quarter of it picked up the pace and I felt myself being more drawn into the story. I did wonder why it took her so long to decide to finally investigate her mother’s disappearance but that was mostly a minor thing for me. Part of the problem being the disappearance of her mother, and the stories she told her about marriage before she left. Refreshingly set against the classic British seaside backdrop of the East Sussex coast, it’s a historical novel with not a hint of stuffiness or convention, thanks in no small part to its heroine.

The Chalke History Festival announces a new name, new look, and tons for history buffs to get their teeth into! Unsatisfied that the local authorities did a thorough investigation, she employs Frank Knight, a private detective. What is lost is how the author was able to simultaneously live in a particular world while having access to a more universal world as an educated woman (she attended Stanford).

Her earliest recollection is of seeing a man on foot overtaken and shot down by a horseman directly in front of a doorstep on which she sat eating a slice of bread sprinkled with brown sugar; it and the victim fell into the same dust at the same instant. There were a number of things going on within the plot to keep your attention - and a cute, awkward romance to boot.

She respectfully gives homage to her fellow westerners -- be they cattlemen, farmers, natives, outlaws, government people or tourists. Discretely hiring a private detective is the first step but there is something about Frank Knight and his interest in her mother that Violet finds disturbing. THE author was born to an accompaniment of not very distant gunfire in the Territory of New Mexico on a night of 1874 when her father, the youthful editor of the Cimarron News and Press, was in hiding in accurate anticipation of a raid by hired gunmen. When Violet decides to hire a detective, she sets in motion a chain of unforeseen events that spell disaster on one hand, but also push Violet to becoming a sleuth herself.I know this is a debut novel for this author and I think with some experience, there will come better pacing for future books. More than anything else about what she has written about, that is the thing that is most unique to her time. There are issues around the constraints placed on women in the era, of class and the lack of choice when it comes to making a living: marriage, servitude or prostitution seem to be the main options for women. With her story are countless stories of life on the ranch, people who came in and out of her life, and the growth of the area, from horses and wagons and buggies, to the first of the cars to come to the area.

There’s a good deal of humour in this tale, as well as a cute twist, a very dramatic climax, and plenty of scope for further stories featuring this cast. It’s all told with an inviting and warm humour that revels in Victorian language and sensibilities, particularly with Violet’s enforced naivety around sex: when her mother first told her about the male ‘Matterhorn mushroom’, for example, Violet ‘made a vow never to marry, so I would never, ever have to put myself through it. The format of the book was very interactive and although it distracted me a bit, I enjoyed finding out about this period in history. No life for a lady is an engrossing historical mystery with a wonderful cast of characters (trust me, you want to meet Maria Monk, a former courtesan and an occasional sex-ed teacher) and a compelling storyline.If you want to know what life was like living in New Mexico Territory in the late 1800's while raising a cattle ranch.



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