Monday, October 8, 2007

A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson

This is book one of Peterson's Ladies of Liberty series. I confess it took me a bit to get into it, but I think that was more to do with me and things happening in my life than with the book. Once I was able to actually stop and read, I was quickly hooked. Peterson likes strong women and she likes her heroines to challenge their world and the views of women. I wouldn't call her a staunch feminist. She isn't calling for women to toss aside their natural roles and act as men, but she does seem to feature women who stand up for themselves, expect to be treated as something more than the weaker sex. That was definitely the case in A Lady of High Regard, which is set in 1852 Philadelphia. Mia may be a member of the wealthy upper crust, but she isn't interested in living the life of a refined lady. She has found a cause and she is determined to make a difference. As a writer for Godey's, she has gone from light hearted pieces about fashion and place settings, to stories about the wives and children of men off at sea. These ladies (of no regard to their world) are forced to pay their husbands debts and rent at whatever rate the person owed says... and if there is no money, they find other ways to collect. It is no surprise that Mia finds herself in the midst of the turmoil and danger as a result of her efforts to help. There is a bit of adventure with romance mixed in... and certainly a look at our role in carrying for and about others. A Lady of High Regard was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series. Barb

1 comment:

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Sounds good! Now I want to read it! Yes, Peterson is one of my favorite authors and she does pen novels with strong female characters! I recall another Peterson book I read...the title had the word Angels in it? But it was about a woman who is a lawyer and she has to go suffer through a lot of prejudice just because of her profession. Like the one you blogged about, it's a historical. I'll need to keep this one on my wish list!