Book Review of Whispering Women by Trish MacEnulty
When I see a book about women’s rights and a historical take on their suffrage, I’m all in.
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I review a number of books for Henry Roi PR. I love all of the books he sends my way but I have to say that Whispering Women by Trish MacEnulty was a real treat. I’m so happy that she’s writing more and that this will be a series. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Whispering Women by Trish MacEnulty follows the main character, Louisa Delafield. She is as naïve about life beyond social standing as she is brave. I loved how the characters grew emotionally and intellectually as the book progressed, especially Louisa.
The story is set in the early 1900’s when class, money and status determined your future. When Louisa’s father loses most of their money and dies, Louisa and her mother are thrust into a middle ground between status and near poverty. Louisa decides to write for the local paper’s society column to keep food on the table. Her connection to the upper class gives her and her readers an inside look at how high society lives.
Things take a turn when a servant girl dies after a botched abortion by a doctor who most of the society ladies trust. Louisa meets Ellen who is witness to the girl’s death. The story picks up speed at this point as the women uncover a sordid industry of illegal abortion, corrupt socialites, sex trafficking, prostitution and murder.
The women come from two entirely different backgrounds, but their bond grows and together they fight to expose the hypocrisy of the upper class. The threats against them are real and both women face danger.
It’s difficult to know who to trust and Louisa quickly discovers that the people she thought she knew well, are not who they portrayed to the world.
A suspenseful read from the first to the last page.
Whispering Women on Amazon
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