I received a free copy of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle by Jilliane Hamilton from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours . All opinions are my own.
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About The Spirited Mrs. Pringle:
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.
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.
I have read a couple of books that took place in this period of time when the interest in speaking the dead reached almost a frenzy like atmosphere. Everyone has lost someone close to them at some point in their life and the idea that you could contact them and know they are all right or get some advice or just to feel their love again is I think comforting to many people. That these feelings were taken advantage of by certain individuals was well, what a certain class of human beings has been doing to other human beings for time immemorial.
The Spirited Mrs. Pringle starts out with our heroine finding out that her husband, now deceased, has left her penniless. Not a good situation for a Victorian woman being without a man was definitely not how it was done. She thought she had it figured out but her new man turned out to be a serial philanderer. What is a woman to do?
Mrs. Pringle it seems, turned to speaking to the dead. With the help of an adoring friend she sets herself up as Madame Selene and starts channeling the spirit world until a reporter who is thwarted from covering a series of horrific killings of prostitutes decides to make it her mission to bring Mrs. Pringle down.
How does it all end? Well! You will have to read this vastly entertaining and just slightly dark read to find out. I read the book basically in one day (I had like two chapters left when I went to bed. Had I started a little earlier … ) and really didn’t want to put it down to cook dinner or to go to sleep with the little bit left but my eyes would not stay open. It was a wonderful distraction after all of the stress of packing up the house for our move from Montana to Vermont. It was a true delight to get lost in the story with the well drawn characters and defined settings that let me fall into the book so that I felt I was there.
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