Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood

Impossible Saints

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 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 ...

Details Impossible Saints

TitleImpossible Saints
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Feminism, Romance, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Historical Romance

Reviews Impossible Saints

  • Rachel McMillan
    from my blog (pardon the loquacious fervour!) "Why is it that men's courage is called bravery but women's courage is called recklessness- or, even worse, foolishness?""That's just it, Harriet. Doesn't It bother you that we're still making the same arguments she (Wollstonecraft) made more than a hundred years ago, and so little has changed?" Imagine a work of fiction that helps you reconcile years of insecurity and forces you to finally confront s...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***Learn how a true suffragette balances life and love in Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood. Meet and fall in love with the kindness and strength of Ms. Lilia Brooke.Lilia Brooke is the only child to the local headmaster. Her dreams and ambition have never been curtailed by her father. She was able to attend one of the best colleges that allow women, and graduated at the top of her class. As...
  • Ashley
    I received a free e-copy of Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood is a one of a kind book. It will stay with me and become one of the books I read over and over again. It’s not because of the romance aspect but because of Lilia, the portrayal of the suffrage movement and Paul. There were many times I found myself laughing, smiling and pressing a hand to my che...
  • Laura
    Of course I love this novel - I'm her agent! If you love fierce and fiery suffragettes, complicated romances, and Grantchester on PBS/BBC, this book is for you!
  • Annarella
    A wonderful debut, a solid plot, and intriguing characters. A book i would advise to people who are looking for historical fiction with something more. A bit too sedate and emphatic at times but really good on a generale level.It surely deserves five stars.Many thanks to Netgalley and Pegasus Books for giving me the chance to review this book.
  • Jennifer Klepper
    There are two things I love to get from historical fiction, especially when I am thinking about whether it's a good book club book. First, does it teach me something I didn't know and make me want to learn even more? Second, does it lend itself to spirited discussion and debate? IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS nailed it for both of these considerations. Clarissa Harwood clearly loves London of the early 20th Century, as well as the history of the suffrage move...
  • Tiffany S
    It is hard to wrap your mind around the fact that barely over a 100 years ago, women were giving up their lives for the right to vote. Women were imprisoned for fighting for the right to vote. Women were ostracized for wanting the right to vote.Impossible Saints reminds us of all these facts and more. I definitely recommend adding it to your to read lists.Lilia Brooke is a protagonist you root for as she leaves a small town in England to fight fo...
  • Theresa Therrien-dacey
    Temptation takes many forms and IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Clarissa Harwood explores the theme of temptation in different ways. Paul, an ambitious clergyman, has fallen in love with Lilia, a temptation that causes him to question the things he thought were important. Lilia aspires to be like her hero, Joan of Arc: strong, passionate and independent. Though she is undeniably attracted to Paul, she believes she cannot give into the temptation of love and...
  • Genna
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Okay, jeez, finally reviewing this.Bored and unsatisfied with her life as a schoolmistress, Lilia exchanges the tedious doldrums of her rural village existence for one of drama and danger with the suffrage movement in London. Advocating not only for the women's vote, but for the highly controversial issue of contraception, Lilia is thrust into the center of a charged, often vio...
  • Sarah
    I was drawn to this novel mainly due to the subject matter. The suffragette movement strikes a chord with me and I'm sure many women and seemed especially relevant to today's recent events. I did not know much about the movement in England, so from a historical point of view I found it very interesting. The story of the women involved and especially their treatment from society and in jail was especially compelling. However, I felt at times the s...