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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  3,489 ratings  ·  58 reviews
As Penelope Stanton grows into her own in the burgeoning Women's Suffrage Movement, she is pursued by an incorrigible banker who promises to use his access and power to help her advance. But can he be trusted or are his words part of an elaborate mind game played between him and his wife?

In this superbly crafted novel, rich with historical detail, Diana Forbes transports t
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Published March 5th 2017 by Penmore Press LLC
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Jewel Hart
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
During the time of the Gilded Age, we have Penelope Stanton, recently dumped by her fiancée due to her family’s financial hardships. She is attending the Memorial Day ball, destitute but spirited, Penelope draws the attention of the handsome, but nefarious millionaire who takes advantage of troubled women – the unrepentant and married Edgar Daggers. After running into him several times, Edgar begins to promise Penelope the financial security she needs and desires. Penelope can’t resist his charm ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Corsets have filled as many graves as whisky.’ Mary Livermore, Suffragist Leader, 1892

Manhattan author Diana Forbes is a literary archeologist, a ninth-generation American with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. She writes historical fiction and is passionate about old New York, ancestry, untold stories, vintage clothing, antique furniture, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime! MISTRESS SUFFRAGETTE is her debut novel, but prior to publication the novel won first place in the
Andrea Stoeckel
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
( Disclaimer: I won this book from GoodReads and the publisher)

“Never toast your enemies. It accords them too much power”

Penelope Stanton, oldest of two daughters of Newport scion Phillip Stanton, is caught between the old order and the new age. As the panic of 1893 comes crashing in, it leads the way for suffrage and abolitionist outcry that drown out the once Gilded Age of money equally power in a chess game where the children become the game pieces in keeping things solvent.

Spurred by her fir
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Clip Clop. Clip Clop. Even her horse had impeccable manners”
I always love it when a story combines history with humor. The author Diana Forbes presents us the best of the 1890’s in a story form. This novel looks at many things including love and romance and black magic, as well as casts a light on the values of the society at the time of the story’s setting.
This book also used the character, Penelope Stanton, to look at how events can change the life of a woman over time. This is particularly
Ella James
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes is a fascinating historical fiction novel filled with romance and intrigue. This is an award winning novel written by an exemplary author, Diana Forbes. It is set in the Victorian era, during the time of the women’s Suffrage movement, the panic of 1893 and the Gilded Age. The women’s Suffrage movement was set up to give women the right to vote. Diana Forbes beautifully brings to life this glorious, yet desperate time in history with detail and historical accu ...more
Litnigma Reviews
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this time period and the author does a great job of bringing the 1890s to life. The writing is descriptive, bringing people, places, and the time period to life. The book is real and the reader is transported to this time period. The book begins with the main character Penelope at the ball after being dumped by her fiancée due to her family's economic hardships. The reader feel compassion for Penelope and realizes that this is just the beginning for this woman journey. The author does a g ...more
Absolute Lit
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the United States in 1893 changes were taking place. Financial, social and societal changes were starting to transform the country and the world. This book expertly brings that time to life immediately from the opening line, “Imagine being sent to a party with a gun pointed at your head”. Diana Forbes cannot be faulted for her unending attention to period detail.

The story centers on a young woman navigating the intricacies of life and adapting to the changes in her own life and more broadly.
Kickass Reads
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Penelope is such a great character it was hard to see the story end. Diana Forbes really captures the struggles of this character and time. One of my favorite things of this story is how vivid and real the time period seems. The research Forbes did alone must have been extensive. The story starts off with a sort of romantic tragedy befalling our beloved Penelope: her engagement is called off. This, couple with the social and economical consequences of her family losing their fortune, become ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With great attention to detail paid to both setting, and historical accuracy, Forbes entices the reader into the world of Penelope, a suffragette living in Rhode Island, American during the early 19th century. I feel that I know a good deal about what happened with the suffragette movement in England, and votes for women, so it was interesting to read about things from a different perspective. Penelope's story encapsulates the struggle of a young woman fighting her cause against societal repress ...more
Kelly Davies
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mistress Suffragette follows the plight of Penelope as she struggles with the societal pressure, the feelings of dissatisfaction and her own dreams and desires to be seen as more then "someone's wife".
Beautifully written this novel drums up reminiscence of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, but set in America we get the story from the other side of the pond - one much less discussed in modern society but no less important.
Diana Forbes has managed to create a world of characters so brilliantly i
Lust for Lit
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not only was ‘Mistress Suffragette’ a captivating story but I learned a lot of really interesting things about the 1890s. I’d be tempted to think of this book as almost a ‘nonfiction novel’, given the amount of educational material it provides. Young women were seen very much as ornamental and extremely constraining expectations were placed upon them – physically, emotionally and socially. The story begins at a ball, where all these constraints are in full effect.

Escaping the confines of her fa
Rachel Kester
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diana Forbes takes us on Penelope Stanton’s journey during the Gilded Age to fight for women’s rights. While trying to fight for the rights of women though, Penelope must also fight off the advances of Edgar Daggers, an obnoxious millionaire who is known for his flirtatious ways. As she works hard to ignore them she also has to fight against some feelings she has for him. However, when Penelope learns that Edgar is willing to help her in the women’s suffrage movement she has to decide whether he ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Following a young woman’s journey as she discovers the world on her own. Although Penelope P. Stanton had lived a life with her parents and younger sister, she soon realizes that her worth is dependent on saving her father’s dying business by whatever means necessary. Learning this, amongst the way the current men she’s encountered in her life, leads her to believe men could very well be just using women for their gains. In “Mistress Suffragette,” author Diana Forbes shows her readers that women ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything. Engaging and intriguing characters, a time setting that is beautifully described and inhabited, a frenetic and interesting plot. The title is slightly misleading, and really doesn’t do the book itself justice. However, the second you get past the title you’ll be hooked.
The second I read the opening sentence my interest was piqued. I was hooked. Then, after that I just grew more and more in love with the characters and plot. Diana Forbes has does something admirable here
I rarely read or review romances. I like unusual books, and romances tend to run to formula. So when I got the request for this review, I had to take a look at what was being said about Mistress Suffragette on Goodreads. It sounded like there would be more emphasis on the context than I would normally find in a historical romance. This is why I accepted a review copy, and I am now posting an honest review.

When we first meet Penelope Stanton, the protagonist of Mistress Suffragette, she's shelter
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Diana Forbes has a knack for this type of writing. In Mistress Suffragette we get a mix of history and romance that, despite the plethora of steamy romance book covers featuring bare chested, 18th century Dukes, is rarely done well. To be honest, it's not easy for me to imagine romance being all that sexy to begin with back before daily bathing became the norm. Perhaps that's only my pesky sense of reality rearing it's cynical head.

Despite the singular historical issue of women's suffrage as a f
Yolimari García
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Novel About a Woman’s Path to Independence During The Gilded Age

Penelope’s family is desperate for her to find a husband. Her father lost his fortune during the Panic, so they need someone to finance them. Penelope’s mother forces her to attend the event of the season, Memorial Day Ball. She catches the eye of Mr. Daggers, who is a married womanizer. He makes an indecent proposal to Penelope. She declines and runs away to Boston with her best friend named Lucinda.

Once in Boston, Penelope a
Shanell Meek
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun mix of history and fiction

Diana Forbes managed to write a fun and witty historical novel that I believe is very close to how things were during the suffrage movement. Penelope is living on the cusp of a women’s movement but she is still stuck in a time when women are expected to marry or considered spinsters before they’re in their late 20’s! Penelope is struggling with finding a husband in the wake of her fathers company going bankrupt, leaving her without a dowry to offer an interested s
Julius Blitzy
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story takes us in 1890’s years, when there were completely different rules and customs, but from how the author Diana Forbes described that time, I wanted to read more. The reader meets the main character of the book - the young Penelope Stanton, by the example of which, I understood how hard her life was. Penelope is desperate in searching of her husband, she goes to the ball to looking for her fiancé and there she met a man who influenced her life, his name is Edgar Daggers. An influential ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the title suggests, this book is centered around the Suffragette movement, but it's so much more than that. As you read about the thoughts, experiences and feels that the central protagonist Penelope has, you become utterly absorbed.

I really loved the accurate historical context of the setting for this book, the rising of the suffragette movement in America. Whilst it may not be a strict stoic feminist read, it is about the exploits of a girl who become a woman, and learns the importance of
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Juliana Leal for Readers Views (05/17)

“Mistress Suffragette” by Diana Forbes is a wonderful and detailed journey that takes you back in time to the late 19th Century Gilded Age (1870-1900). It is a vivid story that merges romance, fiction, and historical events that took place during that age. Diana Forbes’ fascinating descriptions of the time and characters will make you feel you are right there witnessing all the events. Set in Newport, Rhode Island, Manhattan, and Boston, this nov
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a new and promising time for women at the end of the 1800’s, and this suited Penelope Stanton perfectly. She had just been dumped by her fiancé, no matter that he was her cousin, but theirs was to be a marriage by alliance in his eyes anyway. She no longer had the financial connections now that her father’s business was suffering from the Panic of that era. Plus, she did not possess the desire to teach or get suitable employment to help her parents out of their crisis.

What Penelope is doi
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of period drams, then you are sure to love 'Mistress Suffragette' by Diana Forbes. Set in the late 19th Century, the story focuses on Penelope Stanton – a poor woman with dreams of financial security and happiness. She catches the eye of millionaire Edgar Dagger, who seems charming at first, but has darkness lurking beneath the surface. He promises her a better life, and to use his power to support the Suffragette movement with which she has become deeply involved. Do Edgar's ac ...more
Chukwudi O.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely, absolutely admirable book to engage with. Author Diana Forbes choice of the title “Mistress Suffragette” does nothing to reveal the absolutely, splendid contents drafted within its covers! A cursory glance at the title could lead to an erroneous assumption that the book is rife with content on the female gender and possibly, feminism. That thought couldn’t be any further from the truth!
Set in the era of the medieval, when prospective brides attended ballroom dances in order to be
Stephen R.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is really going to take you back to the 1890s, so if you enjoy stories that are not only compelling but also historically accurate, it’s going to be right up your alley. Penelope, the main character, is a young girl who becomes caught up in the customs and beliefs of the 19th century society as her future marriage falls apart before it even has a chance to be registered.

Penelope’s family loses their fortune due to a major economic crisis, and she is no longer a desired bride f
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mistress Suffragette is a thrilling story about a young girl whom history has given very few choices. After Penelope's father's business fails and her fiance leaves her, she finds that she must take care of herself. Edgar Daggers offers her security and passion if she becomes his mistress, but she will have to give up her reputation. I liked following Penelope because of how strong of a person she is. Despite her situation, she takes control of her life. She is also a relatable person with flaws ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story takes us in 1890’s years, when there were completely different rules and customs, but from how the author Diana Forbes described that time, I wanted to read more. The reader meets the main character of the book - the young Penelope Stanton, by the example of which, I understood how hard her life was. Penelope is desperate in searching of her husband, she goes to the ball to looking for her fiancé and there she met a man who influenced her life, his name is Edgar Daggers. An influential ...more
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
[English review + Reseña en Español]

Mistress Suffragette, by Diana Forbes. Published by Penmore Press, LLC. 2017. 333 pages. Genre: Historical Romance / Political Fiction.

In the midst of the "golden era" of the United States of America (a period after the Civil War and Reconstruction in which the country experienced an unprecedented economic, industrial and demographic expansion, but also great social and economic conflict), the country is entering a serious economic depression that would later
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
The stage is set in the first chapter at a party in one of the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island in the late 1890s just before the Great Panic. On this night, the heroine’s family, history, and circumstances are revealed. Her family is teetering on the brink of ruin, and her mother is hoping a good marriage or two for her daughters will help save the family. Penelope’s distant cousin had broken off his courtship with her the family’s new precarious circumstances; he’s definitely not kind to her ...more
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Diana Forbes is a 9th generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan. When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her 19th Century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived. She is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in he ...more