Hoping to travel to Germany to ask for help enrolling in medical school, Felicity has no money for the trip until a mysterious woman offers to travel with her and pay her way, which ends up entangling Felicity in a perilous quest across Europe. - (Baker & Taylor)
A highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue finds Felicity Montague traveling incognito with a mysterious benefactor in the hope of securing a job assisting her idol, Dr. Alexander Pratt, who is marrying her former best friend. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman&;s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor&;even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee&;s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind&;avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens&;a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity&;s way, so long as she&;s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl&;s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bonesetting&;or that she&;s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind&;avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh, and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a small window of hope opens. Dr. Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician who Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward-thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity&;s estranged childhood friend, Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to open old wounds, but she also has no money to make the trip.
Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity&;s way, so long as she&;s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl&;s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
*Starred Review* Though her elder brother Monty may be content, cuddled up in the dregs of London with the boy of his dreams (The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, 2017), Felicity Montague has grander ambitions. Unfortunately, it's the eighteenth century, and ambition in a woman isn't well received. Felicity, who is determined to become a physician, has been met with resounding rejection from the hospitals of Edinburgh, though she has received a proposal that she won't be accepting. Then she learns her medical idol may need an assistant, and he's more forward-thinking than most—but he's about to marry Johanna Hoffman, Felicity's childhood best friend turned nemesis. Still, Felicity never said no to a challenge before, and so begins an adventure featuring field surgery, pirates, sea dragons, and one truly massive dog. Felicity, comfortable discussing medical science and not much else, and who ultimately realizes that she's not interested in romantic or sexual relationships of any kind, is a singular heroine; Lee navigates her narration with even more aplomb than she did Monty's. Felicity's reconnection with Johanna and her gradual awareness of her own dismissiveness toward traditionally feminine interests adds wonderful depth, and Sim, the Muslim pirate inspired by pirate queens through history, offers a different image of strength and a window into a wider world. Lee's research is thorough and organically incorporated, and this action-driven adventure is a joy. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was a Stonewall Honor Book and a New York Times best-selling smash hit, and demand for this companion is at an all-time high. Eighteenth-century hospitals may not want Felicity, but twenty-first-century readers sure do. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 9 Up–A year after the events of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague is wallowing in self-pity and boredom. Countless visits and petitions to Edinburgh's hospitals and universities to obtain an education have proved fruitless. Felicity runs away to London to meet up with Monty and Percy, where she discovers that her idol, the famed Dr. Alexander Platt, is looking for research assistants—and is much more likely to hire a woman, given his own unorthodox path to his medical license. The only problem in meeting him is that he is currently in Germany about to marry her ex-best friend from childhood, Johanna Hoffman. Luckily, a secretive and mysterious young woman named Sim is willing to pay Felicity's way. Things don't go according to plan, and Felicity, Johanna, and Sim are drawn into a continent-spanning chase that leads them to a remote island on the Atlantic and a secret beyond their wildest dreams. Felicity's sarcastic wit is entertaining, and she grows as she comes to terms with the realization that there is more than one way to be taken seriously, and what it means to be a strong woman. Gender inequality during the 18th-century is thrown into sharper focus, and readers can feel Felicity's many frustrations emanate from the page. Lee also touches on different definitions of femininity, and hints that Felicity may be asexual. These timely themes are set against another thrilling, swashbuckling romp across Europe and Africa. The author's extensive notes serve to shed some light on the time period and her inspirations for the characters. VERDICT An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm.—Tyler Hixson, Brooklyn Public Library
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