Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Review: Votes for Vixens by Tara Chevrestt

Elizabeth is a small-town Kansas girl who has grown up under her domineering father's shadow. When she finds out that her father has denied her hand in marriage to the town's most eligible bachelor--a man she's long secretly desired--she snaps. Her father punches her for the last time. She realizes she has no future and with stories of suffragettes, women's rights, and voting in her head, vows to be free.

She escapes to New York City where she meets Margaret. Margaret believes in the right to vote for women and engages Elizabeth to join in the National Women's Party activities.

Operation: Opera House is underway. In a month's time, President Wilson is due at the Metropolitan Opera House to give a speech. The NWP hopes that a peaceful protest will convince the president to gather congress in order to ratify the 19th Amendment.

As they prepare and plan, Margaret shows Elizabeth how to live and love. Under Margaret's sensual touch, Elizabeth begins to heal from numerous emotional wounds. But on March 4th, 1919, their "peaceful protest" becomes a riot on the streets of New York.

A riot ensues in Elizabeth's heart as well when her former flame shows up in the city…

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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, dog mom, writer, and editor. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.
Tara is addicted to Law & Order: SVU, has a crush on Cary Grant, laughs at her own jokes, and is constantly modifying recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She writes about strong women facing obstacles—in the military, with their handicaps, or just learning to accept themselves. Her heroines can stand alone and take care of themselves, but they often find love in the process.

My Thoughts

Votes for Vixens is an exciting and fast passed novella inspired by actual events. In 1919, women were fighting for the right to vote. Elizabeth lived in a small town in Kansas with her abusive father but reading about the fight for women' rights finally gave her the strength to break free. As soon as she steps off the train in New York, she meets Margaret, a suffrogate who teaches Elizabeth the ropes, gets her a job, and opens up a whole new world of sensuality. Things between them are perfect until her old sweetheart shows up in town. Events come to a head when a peaceful protest turns into a riot.

Votes For Vixens is a wonderful tale  that merges a few light loves scenes along with the historical aspects of the story. The characters are well developed and their plights are easy to relate too. When the subject of rape comes up, it is handled with respect and realism. All in all, a wonderful tale of hope and victories for women in more ways than one.

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