Impossible Saints

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Pegasus Books
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Clarissa Harwood holds a PhD in English Literature with a specialization in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. In addition to being a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Clarissa is a part-time university instructor and full-time grammar nerd who loves to explain the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses. She lives in London, Ontario.


A rich debut. Grounded in a wealth of research into the suffrage movement, the book will please readers who enjoy detailed historical recreations. With insight and sensitivity, Harwood explores century-old social mores and challenges that still echo loudly today.
The perspective is refreshing in that the church is not the villain, nor are all the suffragettes cardboard cutouts. One interesting aspect is the novel's exploration of the contrast in ideologies between the more conservative, peaceful suffrage groups and the militant, property-destroying Women's Social and Political Union. This parallels the spectrum in today's protest-heavy atmosphere, lending the novel contemporary social relevance in addition to its romantic plotline.
Anyone pining for a passionate yet principled historical romance will fall hard for this impossibly readable story. It's the perfect thing for a long weekend. But months later, readers will still recall the harrowing descriptions of imprisoned, abused women. Lilia's pointed, challenging questions will linger even longer.
Harwood brings us vividly and convincingly into the past, as we see the whirlwind of social changes in early twentieth century England through the lives of two passionate and authentic characters.--Jessica Brockmole, internationally bestselling author of 'Letters from Skye'
Clarissa Harwood illuminates her characters' strengths and foibles with keen insight and understanding. Caught in the push-and-pull between time-honored traditions and fresh new sensibilities, they grapple with the compelling questions of what is lost and what is gained by following either path. She captures the spark of wonder that occurs when two people with very different views of the world discover they are more alike than they'd imagined. A thoughtful and intriguing picture of the suffragettes and the society they wished to change.--Jennifer Delamere, author of 'An Heiress at Heart' and 'The Captain's Daughter'
This frustrating but tender romance, teetering between hope and despair, doubtless represents many relationships challenged by change. The story is best for readers interested in women's rights and the British suffrage movement.
A graceful and empathetic portrayal of a suffragette in 1907 England.
Impossible Saints tells the passionate story of the suffragist movement in early twentieth century London, and the sacrifices made to secure what so many women take for granted today--the right to vote. Lilia Brooke won't succumb to a society bent on curtailing her rights, or a man she loves who wishes to keep her safely at home, even if it means denying her heart. Consuming, well-paced, and important, this fascinating novel fills in the blanks of a past so rarely given air time in today's myopic world.--Heather Webb, author of 'Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I'
Impossible Saints is a tale about passion, putting your life on the line for what you believe in, and sometimes being blindsided by the urge to compromise. This book is so readable the pages practically turn themselves. Make yourself a cup of tea and cancel all your appointments--once you start reading this novel you won't want to stop--Elizabeth LaBan, author of 'The Restaurant Critic's Wife' and 'Pretty Little World'
Impossible Saints is the meeting of ferocity and tenderness, a story with brave questions for both heart and head. It unfolds a hundred years in the past, but its roots are unmistakably--aptly--of the moment.--Alison Atlee, author of 'The Typewriter Girl'