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Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints
is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement
it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier
and Jennifer Robson.
Escaping the constraints of life as a village
schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into
Paul Harrisâ€™s orderly life, shattering his belief that women
are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to
change womenâ€™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.
Johnâ€™s Cathedral. Lilia doesnâ€™t believe in God, but sheâ€™s
attracted to Paulâ€™s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.
As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Womenâ€™s Social
and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in
the church. They canâ€™t deny their attraction, but they know
they donâ€™t belong in each otherâ€™s worlds. Lilia would rather
destroy property and serve time in prison than see her
spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman,
while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep
Lilia out of harmâ€™s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their
breaking points before they can decide whether their love is
worth fighting for.
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