Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Summary (from Goodreads):
London, 1872. Seventeen-year-old heiress Leonora Somerville is preparing to be presented to society -- again. She's strikingly beautiful and going to be very rich, but Leo has a problem money can't solve. A curious speech disorder causes her to stutter but also allows her to imitate other people's voices flawlessly. Servants and ladies alike call her "Mad Miss Mimic" behind her back...and watch as Leo unintentionally scares off one potential husband after another.
London in 1872 is also a city gripped by opium fever. Leo's brother-in-law Dr. Dewhurst and his new business partner Francis Thornfax are frontrunners in the race to patent an injectable formula of the drug. Friendly, forthright, and as a bonus devastatingly handsome, Thornfax seems immune to the gossip about Leo's "madness." But their courtship is endangered from the start. The mysterious Black Glove opium gang is setting off explosions across the city. The street urchins Dr. Dewhurst treats are dying of overdose. And then there is Tom Rampling, the working-class boy Leo can't seem to get off her mind.
As the violence closes in around her Leo must find the links between the Black Glove's attacks, Tom's criminal past, the doctor's dangerous cure, and Thornfax's political ambitions. But first she must find her voice.
My WoW pick this week is Canadian author Sarah Henstra's debut YA novel Mad Miss Mimic! I absolutely love historical books set in the Victorian period, and with an English heiress who has a speech disorder and a mysterious opium gang attacking London, it should be an irresistable combination. Handsome suitors, deadly drama, dark intentions, a girl struggling to find her own voice... there's so much to love! And isn't the cover so pretty, too? I definitely can't wait to read Sarah Henstra's Mad Miss Mimic!
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