This was part of a book club read and a charming story.
I must say that the British accent of the narrator, even going for the Scottish brogue of Arthur Kneland certainly added to my enjoyment and helped me “be” in past London
The love story is certainly one of the main story arcs and, who knew sex scenes could be so hot when punctuated with words like “pearly white skin” and “cleft” and “corsets” I think these scenes were even more erotic than some modern sex scenes I have read by authors known for the heat!
Parallel to the love story is of course the secret club that Violet founded
This book focuses heavily on inequality.
You have of course gender inequalities.
These brilliant women had to gather in secret as no man would have liked to have their genius eclipsed by that of a woman!
General opinion would see a woman worthy by her children and by her ability to host balls and discuss chiffon. Yet, all the ladies at the club were talented scientists.
I laughed at their personalities and sometimes unfortunate discoveries, like using a spray cannister to paint teapots in pink.
Inequality in social standings too.
Not only do we follow a rebel group determined to fight for the worker’s rights but Arthur sees himself unfit for Violet’s station and love.
It was unconceivable that a Lady could waltz with a commoner.
Even if Arthur was brave, loyal, courageous and an honorable man, society frowned upon such behavior.
As you can see, we have some serious topics intertwined with the romance.
Violet was an admirable woman.
She had an incredible mind and a gentle soul. It was really crushing to hear about her past husband slowly crushing her spirit, leaving her a shadow of herself, doubting her own worth.
Building the Venus club and having Arthur around her helped her finally becoming who she was meant to be.
Last of course is trying to find who wants to hurt Violet and rob her secret formula!
All in all, I had a good time listening to that historical romance.
Thanks for reading!