As you know, I have been trying this new thing for me where I tell you about a book I loved and share a free ebook link to that book if possible.
Why I picked this novel?
I had it in a bag of books; I guess I was given or brought and forgot about. I think they were some books that my aunt gave me. She works at a hotel, and people leave the books they bring on holiday behind. So from time to time, she used to give a book or two. It’s my guessing of how I think I got it.
I thought it was going to be a World War 2 but I thought wrong. It is set between WW1 and WW2, the era where rights for women started. With the ongoing wars that see females as dirt. I mean that even though it was written in the 2000s, I find it valuable for 2021.
‘We shall call her Octavia,’ the professor said, gazing down at the crumpled face of his newborn daughter. It was stuffy in the bedroom and the air was spiked with unfamiliar scents and smells – an astringent trace of the lime tea the midwife would insist on having made, a heaviness of blood and sweat, a breath of warm linen, the brusque smell of carbolic soap – but Dr Smith was much too discreet to notice them.
Much is expected of Octavia Smith. Growing up a much-loved only child surrounded by family friends like George Bernard Shaw and William Morris, Octavia takes it as a matter of course that she will more than meet those expectations. Her childhood ambition is to change the world, but will the sometimes chaotic and often somber events of the early twentieth century allow her to? During her university career, Octavia joins the Suffragettes, becoming passionately devoted to the ’cause’. But will the arrival on the scene of the attractive Tommy Meriton give her passions another path to follow? While the horrors of World War One and subsequent events threaten to tear apart her delicate network of friends and family, Octavia must choose how she make her mark on her time.
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