Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; The Spirited Mrs. Pringle by Jillianne Hamilton. I love this book and I am super excited to share my review with you all.
Firstly, thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
The Spirited Mrs. Pringle by Jillianne Hamilton.
Publication Date: June 30, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
Upon the death of her husband, self-involved social climber Cora Pringle assumes her recent dalliance with a wealthy gentleman will be her second chance at a happily ever after. That is until her paramour turns out to be a penniless imposter. Despite his betrayal, Cora can’t quite let go of the tug the handsome playwright has on her heart.
Desperate for an income, Cora becomes a séance-performing spiritualist and gets a taste for celebrity—and it’s so delicious. So what if she can’t actually communicate with the dead? Her eager patrons don’t need to know that.
Amelia Baxter, an ambitious journalist and suffragist, is discouraged when her editor refuses to let her cover the horrific Jack the Ripper murders. Instead, Amelia pours her frustrations into bringing Cora’s deceptive and manipulative act to an end, even if it means risking her family’s reputation.
“Like the most memorable of its vividly drawn characters, The Spirited Mrs. Pringle is clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining. Perhaps most enjoyable of all is the seemingly endless series of surprises. A string of sometimes astonishing pleasures to the last page.” – Award-Winning Author Leo McKay Jr.
I love, love loved this book!!!
Firstly, before I start waffling, look at the cover…go on then what are you waiting for? Have you seen it? Gorgeous, right?
This is one of those books that once you start you can’t stop reading until you have reached the final word – well, that is what I would have done if everyday life hadn’t got in the way. Believe me, if I could have got away with sitting down and just read this from cover to cover without moving an inch I would have – maybe next time I should hibernate and not re-surface until the end?
Cora and Amelia are great leads, both are such different women and yet despite Amelia trying her darndest to prove Cora is a fake they are more alike than they would care to admit; both are women in a man’s world, both women trying to survive and make a name for themselves without relying on men. They are a blast to get to know!
Cora (Mrs Pringle) after the death of her husband she soon realises that he was a bit of a tosser, he has gone and died leaving her without a home and with no money and for a woman in 1888, London this isn’t the best position to be in, with no family or friends for that matter she has only one place to go, the man she fell in love with while married; Everett – who is a genuinely lovely man, he is adorable some of the loveliest scenes pass between them.
To bring in the money she falls back on the unique trick she used at parties, that of a spiritualist and with the help of Everett, they become quite the double act and soon make a name for herself and more importantly soon the money comes rolling in as people want her help to contact the dead. She may be a tad ruthless and manipulative preying on those who go to her for help, but hey I liked her.
But, alas there is a fly in the works in the form of young suffragette Amelia who is also a very ambitious journalist in the making, she is furious that her editor won’t let her near the crime of the century the Ripper case and so she looks for a story which will make her name. It is a match made in heaven, isn’t it? Fraudster and Journalist, now let the craziness and fun begin!
I refuse to say any more, I may have even said far too much already, this book needs to be read to fully appreciate how blindingly good it is. I love the witty banter between the characters, the story is just wonderful, it captures and ignites your imagination with its clever plot and dynamic characters.
There is so much to adore about The Spirited Mrs Pringle is not only incredibly fun, it’s intelligent, addictively compelling and exceptionally well written – I mean, seriously this book is utterly captivating!
I was hooked with this book the moment I laid eyes on it – yes, I know never to judge a book by its cover, but come one when you are faced with a cover that is as strikingly beautiful as this one then why wouldn’t I want to read it? Plus add into the fact that’s it’s Victorian (I do love books set in this era) and with its strong female lead and the hint of romance, plus suffragettes (yes, I was hooked from that alone) I had to read this book and my goodness am I pleased that I did, by Jove this is good!!
The Spirited Mrs Pringle is a little box of surprises – you undo the gold ribbon open the blue box and your eyes glow with amazement at the beautiful, exciting, fun, romantic and highly original gift within. I cannot recommend this enough, essential reading for anyone who loves historical fiction which features sassy and clever women.
About the Author
Jillianne Hamilton is the author of three novels and one non-fiction book. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire (2015), was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. The Molly Miranda sequels were published in 2016 and 2017.
Her lighthearted look at the 16th century, The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, was published in 2018.
Jillianne has been published in Macleans, the Truro Daily News, the Sackville Tribune-Post, and Career Options Magazine. She also blogs about history at The Lazy Historian. Jill graduated from Journalism at Holland College in Prince Edward Island in 2010.
She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 30
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Tuesday, August 31
Review at Booking With Janelle
Wednesday, September 1
Review at Novels Alive
Thursday, September 2
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Friday, September 3
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Monday, September 6
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Wednesday, September 8
Feature at I’m All About Books
Thursday, September 9
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Friday, September 10
Review at Passages to the Past
Monday, September 13
Review at A Darn Good Read
Tuesday, September 14
Interview at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, September 15
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Monday, September 20
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes
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