Monday, September 24, 2018

Guest Review: The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by: Mackenzi Lee

Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy by: Mackenzi Lee. 
Release Date: October 2, 2018
from Katherine Tegen Books
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Source: Received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—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. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that 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 opening old wounds, 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 will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic."

Sam's Review:

A few months ago, I received a text message from Teresa offering me the opportunity to review the long awaited sequel to my favorite book Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I knew I couldn’t wait until October to read this book if I didn’t have to, so I happily took the chance to read it early. From the first page I was just as invested in Felicity’s story as I was her brother’s. I had admired Felicity’s strength and ambition in the first book and I was excited to see where these traits got her in this book. The answer: an amazing adventure filled with interesting characters and a loveable dog named Max. Not that I expected anything different, but Mackenzi Lee did not let me down.

In the first book, my favorite character was Monty, he carried himself with a confident facade and a heart of gold that sometimes was misled. He always came off selfishly, but in reality he would do anything for the people he loves. I’d die for him, but chances are he wouldn’t let me because he doesn’t think he’s worth it, just thinking about that makes me sad, but I digress. In the second book, he completely stole the show in the scenes he was in and he remained my favorite character in this book despite him hardly being in it at all. That being said, I absolutely adored the new character Johanna. Johanna is an old friend of Felicity’s.When Johanna and Felicity were younger, they had a falling out and grew apart. Throughout the novel Johanna is chastised by Felicity for her femininity. Calling it ridiculous and claiming women will never be taken seriously because of women like Johanna choosing to indulge in their appearance. Johanna teaches Felicity that just because she enjoys being ‘girly’ doesn’t make her any less intelligent. This fight, for me sticks out because it’s reflective of issues women face today. Women seem to blame other women for men’s sexism and this often leads to catty behavior, giving men all the more reason to brush women off as irrational. Instead of fighting each other, we should be supporting each other in our endeavors, no matter what we choose them to be.

Another aspect of this book I loved is the character dynamic between Monty and Felicity. Although not as front and center in this novel as it was in the last, I absolutely adored how realistic their relationship as siblings is. In many novels, sibling to sibling relationships are either too perfect, in which they’d never say anything rude to the other, or unnecessarily abusive and having no respect for the other. Felicity and Monty are realistic because they take digs at each other constantly, and sometimes it goes too far, but as Monty says it best he’d “move heaven and earth” for Felicity, “Unless of course there is any actual heavy lifting involved, in which case, I’ll abstain, but don’t believe that in any way tarnishes the sentiment.” Which, in my personal experience, is how far siblings would go for each other.

Finally, I feel like I have to talk about my hopes for the future in the series. First off, I’m so excited for the Monty and Percy novella coming out in August, which I can only assume will be tooth rotting sweetness between the two of them and my heart flutters at the thought of getting nothing but pure joy for my two babies. I know that there has to be some sort of issue to be addressed, but I also know they’ll be able to make it through anything. In the further future, I seriously hope that there will be a third book (and more if I’m blessed enough). I absolutely adore this series and even if Mackenzi decides not to continue this series, I will happily read anything new she comes out with.


  1. Glad to heart this lived up to the first book! The dynamics between Monty/ Felicity and Felicity/ Johanna sound really well done. Sounds like a great book.

  2. I so need to start this series of books. EEk gads everyone enjoys them :)


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