Gilded Age Heiresses: The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin. My book is in its second round of edits. This blog is to let you know how close I am to production. It looks like a September launch is a possibility. In the meantime, my book cover is here for your perusal and votes, if you please: 1-5 star with 5 being the highest, plug your number into your comment.
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My heroine changes the course of history for women’s rights.
An excerpt for your reading pleasure.
She straightened up, immediately improved. “Ah, ha!” She thrust her finger in the air. “We have a victory papa, not everyone is of the same mind. I do appreciate your freedom and you know I am careful and stay out of harm’s way…”
“Hardly, my dear. Some support does not mean you can keep writing about controversial subjects. Eventually, our readers will stop buying the Sentinel and pick up the City Sun Times. I have to consider all the responses. Those complaint letters are warning signs, precursors to future problems in the political climate, and queries as to where the women’s vote is going.”
“Women’s vote is the future,” Allie said. Grasping on the last hope her father will come to reason.
“What do you mean, future? There’s no place for women in politics. They’ll never be allowed to vote,” her father said.
“How can you be so sure?”
“Today’s rally is not fresh news. The fight for the vote is half a century old, and nothing has changed. Neither has the fight for women’s rights.”
“Women keep seeking what is rightfully theirs in spite of the failures—don’t you find that worthwhile?”
The controversy began in 1840. By the time Allie Baldwin got involved with suffrage in 1886 the battle was ongoing and had not gotten far. Men were still balking and complaining about women not being smart enough to understand politics, and besides, they were bred to be home, the men said. It all seemed hopeless, but Allie saved the day with her tenacity, hard work, and writings that spread the word.
“Stay home where you belong, cook, and raise the kids.” The naysayers said.
Familiar names, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton Harding, only two women out of hundreds that fought to win what they believed were rightfully theirs—the right to vote. And that was only the beginning, women had no rights, could not go out unaccompanied, would never be offered a job that would otherwise go to a man, it’s a long list. Forget it if she wanted a divorce, she had to put an announcement in the newspaper and he had all her money (dowry).
And in the meanwhile, you can check out the Rork and Leila chase across the plains of 19th century America in the middle of the Civil War, slavery and the challenges.
Trapped in a dream marriage that becomes a twisted tale of love, heartache, and sinister perils.