TBR ASAP: Trailblazing Historical Heroines

In honor of International Women's Day, we're taking a look at some of our favorite historicals featuring trailblazing heroines.

Alyssa Cole's A HOPE DIVIDED

Marlie Lynch: A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole

Trained in natural healing techniques by her mother, Marlie Lynch took that knowledge and used it as the basis of her education in chemistry. In the course of her experiments, Marlie designs and builds her own still, which is far superior to those available at the time. Not only did Marlie make major strides in chemistry, she donated her services to the war effort, visiting Confederate prisons to provide medical aid to Union soldiers.

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Clara Hayward: A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen

Teaching is Clara's passion. As headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, Clara has helped to shape the education of many of the gentry's female members, but it is her special summer program that truly shines. Away from the pressures of London and their influential families, Clara strives to help each woman experience the career or trade of her dreams, providing an experience that would never be afforded them by society.

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Eugenia Snowe: Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James

Eugenia Snowe is the founder and owner of London's elite governess registry — and she doesn't intend to stop at a single successful business. When she considers who would run the governess agency in her stead, the obvious choice is her trusted assistant — a vicar's daughter who's found her calling in business. 

Beverly Jenkins' BREATHLESS

Eddy Carmichael: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Eddy Carmichael is determined to start a new life in California by opening her own restaurant. She may be sidetracked by Virginia City and one Rhine Fontaine, but she never gives up her dreams for an HEA. When Eddy and Rhine marry, they combine their aspirations and knowledge to open a hotel that caters to all races. Wanting to make certain that her nieces also find success, Eddy ensures that Portia and Regan receive the very best education available.


Pandora Ravenel: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Pandora isn’t interested in marrying — not when it means sacrificing her autonomy and giving her husband her capital and business ties. With a bit of guidance and a lot of passion, Pandora quickly gets her board game business off the ground. But Pandora is concerned about more than her own career and livelihood — she wants to help uplift other women in business. When selecting various vendors to help produce her games, Pandora makes investing in other women-owned businesses a priority, which is inarguably awesome.

Katharine Ashe's THE EARL

Emily Vale, aka Lady Justice: The Earl by Katharine Ashe

Incensed by the current state of affairs for women and the poor, Emily Vale adopts a pseudonym to pen pamphlets that take London and Parliament by storm. Though no one quite knows who Lady Justice is, her incendiary missives have inspired protests that result in real governmental changes. 

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Happy International Women's Day, everyone!

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