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The Power to Deny: A Woman of the Revolution Novel

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Young and brilliant poet Elizabeth Graeme comes of age in colonial Philadelphia bearing an exceptional talent for writing and an unwillingness to be like all the other young women around her.
After a successful trip to England and an audience with the king, the sudden death of her mother and two failed romances leave Elizabeth reeling. Back in Philadelphia, she uses her
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Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published November 22nd 2019 by Carmenta Publishing
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P.K. Adams
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Power to Deny introduces the reader to one of the forgotten figures of the late colonial and revolutionary America. Elizabeth Graeme was a Philadelphia socialite and a poet in her own right who was friends with, and admired by, many in her day, including some of the men who went on to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Raised in the home of an affluent and well-connect physician father, Elizabeth seemingly had a bright future before her. She became engaged to the son of Benjamin Franklin,
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Robin Stanley
I must confess that I really don't know much about American history. I had definitely never picked up a historical fiction novel set around the time of the American Revolution before, so I didn't really know what to expect. However, I was immediately hooked from the first page and all the context of what was going on with the Revolution was explained in such a way that I was never confused about what was happening or who someone was. I thought the personalities of the characters were fleshed out ...more
Dlu
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think were at a very specific time in the history of women and how we are perceived and understood and treated in the world. And part of any such change process is to look backwards in history at the women who came before and how we might be standing on their shoulders. Wendy Long Stanley, in writing about Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, has written about a woman that has strengths and weaknesses like us all but lived them in an extraordinary time. This book made me think about my life as a woman, ...more
Lars
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly marvelous story of a truly remarkable woman

Graeme Park figures large in my own family's Revolutionary history, so it was with great excitement that I seized upon this novel that promised to fill in some of the blanks.

My interest had been richly rewarded. Elizabeth Graeme springs from the pages of this book, lively and lovely and shimmering with brilliance.

Many novels of the Revolution suffer from the tendency to name drop the most well- known figures of the era; Graeme's place in
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Melodie Campbell
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly compelling read. I was captivated by the voice of the protagonist, and her struggles to overcome the bonds placed on women of the time. The history is meticulous, stunning in its depth; I learned so much. A joy.
Joanne Wilk
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A page turner. It feels as though you are in the room with Elizabeth Graeme on the grounds of Graeme Park in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The writing is exquisite. I highly recommend this novel.
Linda Gordon
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read.

As a lover of historical fiction I found this book to be one of the best I've read
Well researched and written.
Mary-Lynn  Psmyghth
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Immediately pulls you into the room with the heroine through her eyes in her old age. Her grumpy humor and frankness brings to mind Hagar Shipley in The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Hints of who she was and who she loved and what she may have regretted make the pages turn. Then we get the story behind the loves and losses and possible regrets. Elizabeth was a real person - a poet - and author Wendy Long Stanley fills out her lifes story with color, sadness and at times great bawking humor. ...more
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