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The BlueStocking Girl (The Von Strassenberg Saga #2)

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1896: The saga continues as young, headstrong Maria Smythe leaves her childhood home to pursue an education at a prestigious ladies' college. Little does she suspect how sheltered her life has been, the dark secrets her father has kept or the imminent danger she now faces. 2010: Being home in St. Louis stirs up memories William Drexler III would rather forget. Haunted by d ...more
272 pages
Published November 2011
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I really liked this book, but mostly because of the William storyline. I loved the story in Filter with Katherine & Viktor & then in the present with Raquel (I refuse to call her Rocky- what a name for a girl) & William. I was disappointed that there wasn't much of Raquel in this book as the first. And I even got a little jealous for her over Abbie, who turns out to be a really nice girl, and even though I wanted William & Raquel to get together, it was kind of nice to have a lov ...more
After reading the first book in this saga Filter, which was entertaining despite its flaws, I expected this book to be just as entertaining. But I gotta say I was underwhelmed. I don't mind typos in the least--as long as there are not too many of them. And while this book certaily isn't the worst edited one out there, there were quite some typos and missing words that I spotted.

What bothered me the most about The BlueStocking Girl was the characterization: I wasn't a big fan of William Drexler I
Jan 30, 2012 Anissa rated it really liked it
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If it weren't for William Drexler III (who for some reason, is not called Will or Tripp by anyone) & his family's backstory, I would not have made it through. I quite liked William in the first installment & was glad to find he would be taking us forward this time. Learning about what ails his psyche was a good time. The courtship of his parents & what became of his mother were all bits that added to figuring out who William is. And we got to see more of Abbie. I was glad of that bec ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Lani rated it really liked it
Unlike the first book, i had no problems getting hooked on this book almost immediately. I really enjoy the changing point of view - i think thats what keeps me hanging on, and theres very little chance to get bored.
I was sad at first to realise that Rocky's point of view was no longer being told. I thought she was a great character. And William somewhat annoyed me through most of the book. The whole William/Abbie storyline irritated me. She was barely mentioned in the first book, and he seemed
Jan 07, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
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It's always so hard for me to review books in the middle of a series because I fear spoilers...majorly. Ever since highschool when someone spoiled A Separate Peace (not that I would have enjoyed it anyway but still) I am scared stiff to do that to someone else. So, if my review lacks that certain "Heatherish, girly squealing" it is not by any means a reflection on the quality of this novel because WOW, Mrs. Wright, you have blown me away...again. Bluestocking Girl is an incredible follow up to F ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Unexpected. This book went in a direction I did not expect. I was ready to learn more about Rocky, but this book was a delightful surprise. I'm not sure if the rest of the series will continue in this direction, but I do like how it is going at this time. William is a very intense character and to learn more about his family history and how it is converging with Rockys' history is wonderful. You are left in suspense in the end as to what will happen to Will and if he will continue to dig deeper ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Ila rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I am a huge fan of the Von Strassenberg Saga, as well as the author's fantastic writing style. The BlueStocking Girl did not disappoint-in fact, I think I liked it even more than Filter! I really loved how well the book flowed through the different point-of-views. I am definetly loving the new witty young lady in the book. I think she is absolutely adorable and has quickly become one of my favorite literally charters. Just like with the first book in the saga, I ended up canceling plans just so ...more
Kim Holgate
Apr 22, 2012 Kim Holgate rated it it was amazing
Another book left me yearning for more. I will admit the first few chapters with the different time zones do take a bit of adjusting to, but Gwenn's style of writing soon draws you into the chapters. Reading on a kindle i did miss the ability of flicking back and refreshing myself with the characters but the further into the book and especially near the end the characters are very much individual people. I think the Von Strassenberg Saga is a brilliant collection. I have never been as hooked on ...more
Emily Cox
Dec 27, 2011 Emily Cox rated it liked it
As much as I adored Filter, I oculdn't find the same enthusiasm for The bluestocking Girl. Perhaps it was the constant switcing of points of view. I have my favorite characters and, I'm not gonna lie--I didn't like it when te story jumped to someone else.

There was also a long stretch of backstory that derailed my interest. owever, I still liked te book and will definately read te third installment. I'm dying to know the big secret...
Jan 22, 2012 Davinadellsteinbeck rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I love the changing POV. It makes me not want to put the book down because I am constantly wanting to know what happens next. I also love how she keeps everything historically accurate. It is a huge pet peeve of mine when authors don't keep their details historically accurate. The mystery and suspense just keeps building. I can't wait to read book 3 and see what she has in store for the next Maria.
Mr. Curtis
Feb 14, 2012 Mr. Curtis marked it as to-read
Thanks for this second installment, Gwenn. What a wonderful surprise! And your note made me laugh.
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As a reader, I rate books based solely on entertainment value. It doesn't matter if they're cheesy or cliche or predictable, if they keep me entranced I love them. It takes a lot of skill as a writer to be cheesy, cliche, predictable and STILL manage to be entertaining and entrancing.
As a writer, I studied history, criminal justice, English, business and personal coaching before deciding journali
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The Von Strassenberg Saga (6 books)
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“How many times can a heart be shattered and still be pieced back together? How many times before the damage is irreparable?” 85 likes
“Whatever happened in those more than one hundred years, from the time my great-great-great grandfather studied law to the time when my own father took his bar exam in 1989, I may never know. Perhaps it was just greed and the good, old-fashion corruption that comes with power. The Drexlers have moved from the fight for human rights to the fight for corporations and wealthy individuals. We file their taxes, write their contracts, clean up their messes. As I see it, we have become little more than glorified Public Relations reps” 15 likes
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