Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 9/16/19-9/21/19

Set in the 1880s, this book follows the story of Annabelle Archer, a young suffragist and scholar at Oxford University. In order to go, she must send money home to her cousin, which leaves her often hungry and weak. When she gets invited to the Duke of Montgomery’s house by his brother, Annabelle and Montgomery (aka Sebastian), have an argument about the suffrage movement that forces her out of the house and into the freezing cold. She gets a fever, and is forced to stay at his house until she is better. During that time, their relationship progresses, and it is becoming harder and harder for them to stay away from each other. But names mean everything, and as he came from a noble household and she did not, it would be inappropriate for their relationship to continue. In a battle for what we want vs what society says is right, this story is the fun (sometimes in vulgar in detail) account of how a girl falls in love with a boy and vice versa.

Unlike the other books I have read so far this month, this book was extremely easy to stay interested in. The language is semi-accurate to the era, but it is not difficult to keep up with in the story. There are some phrases that do not seem accurate to the era, but I am not 100% positive. There is some history within the book, and that history is explained in an author note at the end of the novel. I am assuming that the key players in the novel were completely fictitious and that she is explaining the real history in comparison to the novel. This is obviously a feminist book, and there are many points that are listed throughout the book that are still viable for the feminist movement of today. I ultimately would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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