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Leaving Coy's Hill

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An unforgettable story about the triumphs and travails of a woman unwilling to play by the rules, based on the the remarkable life of pioneering feminist and abolitionist Lucy Stone. 

Born on a farm in 1818, Lucy Stone dreamt of extraordinary things for a girl of her time, like continuing her education beyond the eighth grade and working for the abolitionist cause, and of o
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Pegasus Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my gosh, I loved this book. Lucy Stone is an early feminist and abolitionist, and Leaving Coy’s Hill is her story. She’s born on a farm in the early 1800s and has dreams beyond what girls are typically allowed at the time, including a continuing education.

When Lucy learns that she will have even less rights if she marries (read: no rights, according to the Constitution at the time), she decides she will never marry. She also speaks in public about abolition. Lucy even inspires Susan B. Anthon
This is a fascinating story of Lucy Stone, pioneering feminist and abolitionist.

Lucy Stone grew up on a farm. As much as she loved it, she saw how limited women’s rights were even though they worked as hard as men. Something she witnesses makes her go to a retired judge and ask for explanation of the laws of marriage. Afterwards, it makes her vow not to marry. Already, at a young age, she is determined “to create a life free from dependence on any man.” This means furthering her education in or
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Immersive, insightful, and exceptionally inspiring!

Leaving Coy’s Hill is a powerful, alluring, enlightening interpretation that sweeps you away to the American East in the mid 1800s and into the life of Lucy Stone an independent, intelligent, woman ahead of her time who after becoming the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree spent the rest of her life dedicated to organizing, promoting, and advocating for both the anti-slavery and suffragist movements

The prose is eloquent and
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sherbrooke brings Lucy Stone back to life with this passionate and inspiring novel that lays bare the enduring struggle to steer between love and career, and the fight to challenge the people and laws holding us back. Timeless and stunning, LEAVING COY'S HILL reminds us to fight, to love and to appreciate the power of passion - passion for ideas, people, and women's rights. ...more
RoseMary Achey
Feb 22, 2022 rated it it was ok
Lucy Stone was a woman far ahead of her time. This fictionalized account of her life highlights her work as both an abolitionist and women’s rights reformer. While Lucy was an amazing woman, this novel read more like a travel log or work diary. Reading about her marriage to Elizabeth Blackwell’s brother was the most interesting portion of the book for me.
Dec 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In the genre of historical fiction, this fascinating story of another* brilliant feminist from Massachusetts far surpasses a recently read novel of the same type. I give a deep bow to the author, Kathy Sherbrooke, who manages to interpret the life of Lucy Stone with what seems like great verisimilitude, even though the genre of historical fiction can be tricky business. I was completely fascinated, and, at the same time, deeply saddened, to be reading this while the Supreme Court is marching ine ...more
Molly O'Connor
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The best kind of historical fiction novels make us consider the present and the future as well as the past. 'Leaving Coy’s Hill’ by Katherine A. Sherbrooke is a fine example of this. Her novel centres around a lesser known leader of the early American women’s rights movement, Lucy Stone. Born in 1818 to a pro-abolition family, Stone is conscious from an early age of the inalienable rights of her fellow human beings and concludes that, for women, the marriage laws of the time strip them of almost ...more
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I recently got hold of a book about a woman's suffrage leader which was given to me for free by the publisher. Many readers may never have heard of Lucy Stone. In my case, I thought that Sherbrooke's novel showed a different side of Lucy Stone than the one I knew about.

I thought of Lucy Stone solely in terms of her puritanical attacks on divorce and Victoria Woodhull, who is one of my favorite suffragists. Yet there was a good deal more to Lucy Stone than I had ever imagined.

This is a book tha
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A novel of the life of Lucy Stone, contemporary of Susan B. Anthony, who is often forgotten in the context of voting rights for women. Through Lucy's story, Sherbrooke taps into the current moment with authenticity and vulnerability, outrage and heartbreak. You’ll shake your head and raise your fist as Lucy Stone, suffragist and abolitionist, fights maddeningly familiar battles—for pay and property, for physical safety and bodily autonomy, for universal rights and freedoms, and to etch her own n ...more
Lucy Stone was an abolitionist and a dedicated suffragist. She lived through most of the 1800's, and became one of the few women who traveled the country speaking out on these issues. This author has created a fictionalized account of her life in this well-researched novel. I recommend this to all who enjoy historical fiction, especially those who want to enhance their understanding of this strong woman, or of this period of U.S. history, or to those who just enjoy excellent writing. ...more
Excellent novel based on the life of Lucy Stone, abolitionist and early advocate for woman's suffrage. Tells the story of her life from childhood growing up on Coy's Hill where she determined she would never marry, through her struggles to get a college education, then taking to the road to speak for the rights of slaves, a revolutionary step for a woman in her day. Sherbrooke has portrayed a remarkable woman, largely unknown to our time due to a falling out between Stone and Susan B. Anthony ov ...more
Liza Wiemer
Oct 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sherbrooke shares powerful insight into the little-known story of abolitionist and women's suffrage leader, Lucy Stone. Thoroughly researched, this historical fiction novel paints an emotional, heartfelt and heartbreaking picture into the racism, bigotry, misogyny, political challenges, legal, religious and social constraints of the early to mid-1800s.

Eye-opening and valuable, I highly recommend as a means to understand society today by looking back at history.
Susan Peterson
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Leaving Coy’s Hill is a highly compelling fictional account of the life of Lucy Stone, an orator, abolitionist and suffragist. I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Lucy Stone before, who is not as famous as her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but she is just as important. It was fascinating to read about her life, the people she knew, the things she accomplished, and her views on women’s rights—including radical ideas on marriage. What I l ...more
Chris Wolak
I didn't know much about abolitionist and suffragist Lucy Stone and this novel was a great place to start! ...more
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Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine Sherbrooke is based on the remarkable life of a little-known pioneering feminist and abolitionist Lucy Stone—the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree, to keep her maiden name, and to fight for women’s rights. Sherbrooke’s beautifully written novel is a fascinating look at timeless issues—how we navigate motherhood and career, to marry or not, and how one fearless woman can spark change in the world.

The story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.
gwendalyn _books_
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished
Fran Burdsall
Sep 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
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I usually enjoy an action-packed thriller or a good page-turning mystery. This was neither. Katherine Sherbrooke has written thoughtful historical fiction recounting the life of Lucy Stone. Today we take womens sufferage for granted. It never crosses our mind that 150 years ago the situation for women in America was near slavery. The women won the vote by resolute persistence, hard work, and determination. The single mindedness of women like Lucy Stone took its toll on their lives and changed ou ...more
Oct 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent historic fiction following Lucy Stone who was one of our strong pioneers in promoting rights for women against harsh criticism. The book follows her life and the challenges she endured to push for freedoms we today take for granted. So hard to imagine to have to ask permission from your husband to do anything, to be forced to remain in the house to serve him in whatever form he desired without any consent. There was no such thing as mutual respect as women were property. Though men wer ...more
Mar 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT. The middle/end got a little bogged down, but overall this was a top notch read. I loved learning about the history of abolition and women's suffrage. And I'm eternally grateful for the legacy Lucy Stone left behind. ...more
Patricia Schroer
Sep 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Learned a few things. Cried a bit.
Nov 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Absorbing. Really brought Lucy Stone and the other heroines of the women's suffrage movement to life, and helped me understand not only the challenges they faced, but the divisions within the movement. I balked at some of the romance between Lucy Stone and Harry Blackwell, but I appreciated her striving towards equality in their relationship before agreeing to marry. By about the middle of the book, I was hooked and devouring every page. ...more
May 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a surprise - this entire piece of American history that I knew nothing about. Incredible story-telling about such an important part of women's struggle for equality. This should be required reading in schools. ...more
Mar 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
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Thanks for introducing Lucy Stone to me KS. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
Jun 28, 2022 rated it liked it
I greatly enjoyed this book. It was a fictionalized account of the women's suffrage movement, specifically focusing on the role of Lucy Stone. Before reading this book, I didn't know as much about Stone's role as I did about that of Susan B. Anthony. As I've started to read more about the AIDS epidemic and as I've started to get more involved with activism myself, I am finding it fascinating to read about the history of earlier activist movements. It helps me understand the power of incremental ...more
Marian Gracis
Dec 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Have you ever heard of Lucy Stone ?
Neither had I, but she lead an extremely interesting life. Lucy Stone was born into an abolitionist family and, early on, dedicated herself to that cause. She broke many barriers and had many detractors due to her “unwomanly” desire for education and her pursuit of a career as a public speaker. She came to believe that women should be able to pursue careers of their choosing and should have the right to vote. Early on she worked closely with the famous nam
Crystal King
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the great pleasure of an early read on this wonderful novel. Leaving Coy's Hill is an important book about an important woman, abolitionist and suffragist, Lucy Stone. Sherbrooke paints a vivid portrait of this often forgotten American figure who inspired a nation to think differently about women's rights. Unforgettable and unputdownable, this novel will remain in memory long after the last page has been turned. ...more
**3.5 Stars**
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Donna Lundy
Oct 09, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another great novel that is based on a real person whom I never knew anything about before reading this book! Lucy Stone, was a great abolitionist & fighter for women's rights in the early 1800's. She was a contemporary of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell & the Grimke sisters (from The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd). I am always inspired when I read about women like these who fought so diligently, at great personal cost, to win the rights & equalities that I enjoy today!

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Nov 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Although I was not previously familiar with Lucy Stone, feminist and abolitionist, I’ve already recommended this historical fiction to friends and family members because Lucy was a true American heroine. Growing up in the 1800s, she recognized as a young girl that she might not be allowed to attend secondary school, have a career, or be an independent married woman. For those reasons, she determined to be an educated woman who would never marry. She went where few women had gone before her and f ...more
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
The main character in this excellent work of historical fiction is Lucy Stone. Who was a real person a feminist, abolitionist and advocate for universal suffrage. I had not know of her previously. She was a contemporary of Susan B. Anthony and was the first woman to graduate from college (Oberlin). Women in the current time forget, I think, how much women in the 1800's up until more recent times have fought hard for political and legal rights. In 1800's American women could not vote, if they wer ...more
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Katherine Sherbrooke is the author of Leaving Coy's Hill (May, 2021) Fill the Sky and a family memoir, Finding Home (2011). An alumna of Dartmouth College and Stanford Business School, she wanted to be an author from the time she opened her first book, and lived on books like food and water for a long time. Somewhere along the line, though, she caught the start-up bug and co-founded a Boston based ...more

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