On Sale: January 8, 2019
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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 Harrisís orderly life, shattering his belief that women
are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to
change womenís 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.
Johnís Cathedral. Lilia doesnít believe in God, but sheís
attracted to Paulís intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.
As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Womenís Social
and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in
the church. They canít deny their attraction, but they know
they donít belong in each otherís 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 harmís way. Paul and Lilia must reach their
breaking points before they can decide whether their love is
worth fighting for.
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