The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
This book was my most anticipated book of the year. I read the first book in the series in November 2017 and it was immediately my favorite book ever. I have been slowly picking my way through a reread since. Rereads never end up being my top priority though so I’ve still only read the first book once.
I began this book as soon as I had my fingers on it from the library. I told my husband on the way home that I was so excited I wasn’t sure I could read it. But obviously I did. I started it in the car on the way home and instantly loved being back in the company of Felicity and then Henry and Percy as well. I also love our new characters, especially Sim.
I was laughing before I finished reading the notes on the map at the front of the book, but my first real thought about the book was confusion. Perhaps I read the ending of the first book a bit too quickly, or was just too caught up in Henry and Percy to pay Felicity any proper attention, but I thought she had left to work on a pirate ship in the end of the first book. I was surprised to find her working in a bakery at the beginning of this one. It was certainly not what I expected.
I enjoyed Felicity’s character more in this book, perhaps just because she was the focus now. I appreciated her tenacity and levelheadedness. But also her excitement at the prospect of doing things like sewing up a finger tip that has been severed and pulling glass out of an arm. Her obvious joy from doing something so disgusting made it possible for me to keep reading through the more bloody bits.
Once I reached the point with about 100 pages left to go it felt like there was so much more story left to figure out and not nearly enough pages to do so. I felt satisfied with the ending though and can’t wait to see more of where Felicity and Sim end up on their adventures together.
I loved following on this adventure of three kickass girls/women. I appreciated how they were angry about having to follow the rules and still found a way to make them fit their needs and desires anyway when there wasn’t much they could change in a situation except their attitudes about it. And I especially loved that they were all changing their dreams to fit their new perspectives on the world and themselves.
I was also thrilled to see our glimpses of Monty and Percy and my heart still flutters every time we see them together. They are also incredibly funny. The whole book is. The humor and the characters play equal parts in my wanting to read more and more about them.
I keep turning to the last page again to read the final few lines of Felicity’s letter. It speaks to me so profoundly that I tear up each time I read it.
I’m learning there is no one way for life to be lived, no one way to be strong or brave or kind or good. Rather there are many people doing the best they can with the heart they are given and the hand they are dealt. Our best is all we can do, and all we can hold on to is each other.
And, zounds, that is more than enough.
This book certainly didn’t disappoint. I gave it ✰5✰ and I’m already planning a reread with highlighter in hand.
I hope you and I can live our lives as bravely and determinedly as Felicity does.