Impossible Saints

Impossible Saints

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris's orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women's lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John's Cathedral. Lilia doesn't believe in God, but she's attracted to Paul's intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781681776248
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 24 cm

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myredwood
Sep 07, 2018

The subject sounded interesting, but it reads like a dissertation. Great information, just not what I was looking for.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 18, 2018

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood was a passionate novel that encircled the dedication of women’s suffragettes in 1907.
Lilia Brooke is a strong, opinionated woman who grew up in the small, old-fashioned village of Ingleford. Paul Harris is a young clergyman who has a goal of becoming the youngest dean of his cathedral. Fate brings Lilia Brooke to London, England where the two people meet as adults as opposed to years back when they were childhood family friends. Soon enough, Paul is attracted to Lilia’s rebellious and passionate personality, and Lilia is swooned by Paul’s dazzling smile. But Lilia is part of a dangerous political movement and Paul is a clergyman who is open to changing his view on the world, and they don’t seem to belong in each other’s worlds.
I rate this book a 4/5 stars and recommend this book to ages 14 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JessicaGma May 08, 2018

This is a different era than I normally read, but a very interesting tale. Lilia is an educated woman in a time where women were not educated, so she dedicates herself to the Suffrage movement. Paul is a high Anglican priest, with designs to be the dean of a priory, but the attraction between these two characters upends their intentions and helps them grow. It's a much better read than I had expected.

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