The Unlocked Path

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Eliza Edwards wants more than the traditional debut and social path from girl to wife to mother that is given to wealthy girls in the late nineteenth century. What exactly she wants, she doesn’t know at first, but she has several strong-minded women in her family, all of whom have chosen their own paths. With their help, she’s sure she will find something worth doing.

The book spans over twenty years, from Eliza’s first determination to make something of herself to a satisfying conclusion, at least to one part of her journey. I won’t say anything more specific than that, for fear of ruining any of that journey to interested readers, but I will say that some plot lines weren’t resolved as satisfyingly as I would have liked. It’s hard to cover twenty-three years in just three hundred pages, and when presented with a richly written world and characters, some things must be left to the side.

People looking for a touching story about a woman seeking a professional life in a time when that was not widely accepted will be delighted by Daly’s novel. Those who seek a little more balance with personal details may find it lacking, but it’s still a very enjoyable book.

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Author Janis Robinson Daly
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 319 pages
Publisher Black Rose Writing
Publish Date 25-Aug-2022
ISBN 9781685130145 Buy this Book
Issue September 2022
Category Historical Fiction