Updated: May 16, 2019
We also had a guest! Claire is one of our listeners and she joined us for Would You Rather! She was an absolute delight and we were so happy to have her, all the way from Flea Bottom! Haha, okay, that's not true, it's an inside joke. Claire was convinced that Amber and I would be excited about the latest royal birth, so she decided to wear a tiara. Isn't she adorable? If you ever want to join us for Would You Rather, let us know! We'd be happy to have you!
Okay, now back to the book. If you remember The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue from a few weeks ago, Felicity is Monty's little sister and she desperately wants to be a doctor. Too bad she's a lady in the 1700s though. That's not really a thing. After a disastrous meeting with the board of a local hospital, she learns that her hero, Dr. Alexander Platt, is seeking an assistant and that he's about to marry her former best friend, Johanna Hoffman. Well, she's definitely got to go to that wedding even though she wasn't invited. But how to get there? Enter Scipio and his crew, the pirates from the last book, and their newest addition, Sim. Sim offers to pay Felicity's way to the wedding as long as Felicity will let her pretend to be her maid. Something sounds fishy about that, but Felicity will take what she can get. Turns out, Alexander Platt is not such a great guy and he's marrying Johanna just to get his hands on her late mother's research. Sybille Glass was a naturalist and she found something pretty fantastic in the Atlantic Ocean and Dr. Platt and Sim both want to get their hands on it, but for very different reasons.
This book is excellent. It features a strong female lead who happens to be asexual, a science girl gang, MENSTRUATION! and another whirlwind adventure. Also, the audiobook is narrated by one of my absolute favorites, Moira Quirk, who you will remember from our discussion on the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger.