(Unless you haven’t read The Gentleman’s Guide, in which, it ain’t so ‘spoiler free’.)
The second novel in the Montague Siblings duology.
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction – LGBT
Target Audience: 13+
Rating: A- (88%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
I’m not usually fond of writing reviews for sequels, but I have a hunch that this one is a little different. As it follows Monty’s sister, Felicity, it has the feeling that it’s a completely different story. So, I’m going to treat it as such. If you haven’t read the first book, I advise you steer clear of this review. Thanks!
I love the adventure aspect of both of these novels, I love how we expect to go in one direction and end up going in about three thousand other ones as well. It’s incredible and unexpected and not perfect but pretty damn close.
Felicity is very close minded and stubborn. She knows what she wants and damn straight, she’s going to get it. Or at the very least try her damn hardest. She wants to go into medical science, she wants to become a doctor and despite no one giving her a chance, she keeps going. She has this drive and need to be this person in her head that not many people give her credit for. If you were shut down a thousand times for something, would you try that 1001st time? I know a lot of people that would give up and not bother.
I love what this novel represents and I love that Monty and Percy were still a part of it. I love Monty, he’s sarcastic and witty and down right hilarious. Felicity isn’t too much better. Percy is sweet and cute and funny in his own way and I love the pair together so freaking much. They’re absolutely perfect and swoon-worthy and I could read an entire novel of Percy and Monty living their everyday lives.
Did this book live up to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? The short answer? No. The long answer? Not really, in some aspects the adventure and the friendships that were made were incredible. Mackenzi Lee’s characterisation is perfect, as always but it simply wasn’t as funny. The Lady’s Guide was nowhere near as funny as The Gentleman’s Guide and unfortunately, that brings the rating down a bit for me. What made The Gentleman’s Guide so freaking incredible was how funny it was. How often it had me in ‘spit out my tea’ hysterics.
I enjoyed the novel, it was incredible and I probably will read it again. It just wasn’t my all-time favourite. The Gentleman’s Guide still has the cake!
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10