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A woman’s choice…is in question.
Brianne is a somewhat naïve college freshman. She becomes disillusioned as her professors and peers challenge many of her long-held beliefs. When she finds a diary that belonged to a distant relative, she hopes it will offer much needed distraction. And she is soon drawn into the story of a passionate woman who seems to whisper from the past.
In 1915’s New York, idealist and primary teacher Margaret struggles with the problems women face at home and in society. She is first timid about speaking her mind, but in time cannot keep her impassioned spirit hidden—not even from the gentleman who teaches in the classroom next door. His concern for her stretches the limits of their friendship, pressing into something more. Caught up in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, she faces down authority figures and others who question her beliefs.
And so, Brianne is whisked along on this journey as Margaret joins the fight for women’s rights, all the while trying to work through her own questions and experiences with modern feminism.
Before long, things spin out of control and she wonders where her newfound relationship fits into everything? Are there any clear answers? Will she land on her feet? Or be forever lost to herself?
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CONTEMPORARY TIME PERIOD – Brianne goes to hear a Speaker from NOW (National Organization for Women)
“Ask yourself,” the woman continued, now staring at Brianne.
Heat crept into her cheeks.
“What am I worth? Where does my value lie? What can I take hold of and rely on in this life?”
Ms. Mason scanned the room, and Brianne shivered.
As much as she’d like to dismiss all of this as nonsense, the woman’s questions would not quiet. Where was her worth?
Wasn’t it in Christ? That felt rather abstract. Could that be a foundation?
Her parents believed she was special, but they wouldn’t always be there.
Scott seemed to think her worth his time and attention. Should she rely on a man to give her value? That made her uneasy.
Where did she belong? On what truth might she base her life? Her value?
She rolled the question in her mind. Stymied.
Thunderous applause broke out around her; several of the students and faculty around her rose.
Brianne clapped and stood. Except… she didn’t know what to think about the speech. Still, it was the polite thing to do. Wasn’t it?
The applause quieted, and the crowd started moving, some toward the exit, some toward the speaker.
Brianne gathered her notebook and pen, bending to grab her bag.
“I’m going to ask her some questions,” Daria said, leaning over her.
Brianne shot up and looked at the front of the room. A small crowd surrounded Ms. Mason. “Sure.”
Daria gripped at her elbow. “Come on.”
Did she wish to face down Ms. Mason? The thought made her stomach do a little flip. She met Daria’s eyes. “I think I’ll head back to the dorm. I’ve got that Chemistry homework to finish.” And I want some time to think. Alone.
about Sara R. Turnquist...
Sara is a coffee lovin', word slinging, Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That's what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.
But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.
Sara is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American wild west and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.
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