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At the back of the book the author has included a section called A timeline is featured of prominent women in U.

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Also on tap is a list of books whose main characters are girl's in charge and some websites that you can check out for more information on the subject. A wonderful and timely book that can be translated into any language and given prominence in any country in the world.

Girl's all over the world unite and tuck this quote into your heart Aug 02, Li Or rated it liked it Shelves: Normally, the thing I like about picture books is a good story combined with awesome artwork. In this book, the artwork is good, but the story I feel like the story is not written for child-entertainment purposes, nor for educational purposes since not much is actually explained other than just using words that parents will need to explain.

I felt like it is written for the purpose of compaigning for the presence of women in politics and for a woman US president. On the plus side, there are t Normally, the thing I like about picture books is a good story combined with awesome artwork. On the plus side, there are things a child can learn from this book; girl power being one. Set in the political capital of Washington DC, this book teaches children about concepts like voting, and political words like "prohibit", "political representation" and various political job titles from Mayor and Governer, Cabinet Member to being in Congress.

It also shows images of the White House. I feel like the whole book can be used as a starting point from which a parent can go on to teach kids more about US politics and fill in the blanks that are left unexplained within the story. Oct 18, Sarah Bergh rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of my favorite books on my list. Isabella is a very imaginative little girl who plays pretend to the be the first female mayor, governor, judge etc.

The whole day she eager to be somewhere before her family is awake, has eaten, is ready. She assumes this characters that represent important omen in political history all day long. Finally she get to her destination and is thrilled to see the first women president at the white house! The illustrations were really cute, Isabella in all h This is one of my favorite books on my list. The illustrations were really cute, Isabella in all her different roles makes the pages more engaging.

It only represents our culture but explores its history and future. Elementary kids would understand this book but I definitely think the higher elementary grades would do better then the younger. This book also includes a history of important women in political history. I love how informative this book is but more so love how girls to break the glass ceiling so to speak.

Jul 23, Betsy rated it liked it Shelves: I received an advanced copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book is about a young girl who is very interested in politics. She jumps into the characters of famous women in politics. I think this would be a wonderful book for a young girl who is interested in government and women. This book is especially relevant with the nomination of the first woman by a major political party.

I would recommend this book to girls around my girls' ages, ish. Th I received an advanced copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

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The words were easy enough to understand but weren't too juvenile. If it were my girls reading it, they would probably need help with a few words, but I feel like this would open doors to more conversation. This book also has beautiful illustrations. Jul 22, Steffi rated it liked it Shelves: I think it is an excellent idea to show little girls influential women in politics and explain democracy. Honestly I am not so sure if everything is understable to target audience as most positions aren't explained and most is to read from the pictures.

I think a few words to every woman would have been much better. There is a kind of glossar at the end of the book but I think this is way too much info-d Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. There is a kind of glossar at the end of the book but I think this is way too much info-dropping for the kids. The illustrations are great. There are many little details and settings. I also liked the little mouse which appeared in every picture.

Jul 15, Janice rated it really liked it. Isabella has a wonderful imagination. She sees herself as the first female mayor, first female congressman and more. The pictures are adorable with mice appearing as everything from the president to a room full of constituents. A fun book to inspire girls. Oct 10, Suzy rated it really liked it Shelves: Isabella is a favorite of mine.

She is always so much fun and always introduces readers to great people. Be it characters from books, or historical figures.

It is a great way for children to learn more about them through a fun book setting. This one is just as great too. It comes at a great time too, when the world is working to recognize girls and women; past, present and future. Aug 12, Morgan Sohl rated it it was ok. This is the kind of books parents buy their kids but the kids aren't interested. The story itself would be confusing to anyone who didn't know who it was referring.

Nice concept but poorly executed for the age group. Sep 11, Andrea Dillon rated it it was amazing. I really love this. I love the look at the important women in politics and then the look the to future at what woman are capable of!

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This book isn't a read alone book for kids. This book is meant to be shared and discussed with children. Start the conversation and discuss powerful women! Aug 02, Gabrielle Carolina rated it liked it. Educational and inspirational, though not entirely organic. I recommend Isabella for young readers in the hopes that it sparks a desire to learn more about the women included in this picture book. Also, the mother and daughter have purple hair. More purple haired protagonists! Oct 27, wildct rated it really liked it. Jun 30, Stefanie Kellum rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 15, Bernadette rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ending of this one stings a little right now Sep 23, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isabella is ready to go!

And where are they off to? The inauguration of the First Female President. Several pages in the back include a timeline which explains the importance of each of the women that are mentioned in the book When I think back on it, there are very few scenes with them together. They had good chemistry and I liked their story and would have loved more of that.

Overall, an enjoyable story with likable characters. Dec 19, Ilze rated it it was ok Shelves: I was lucky to purchase this book in the first edition hardcover from eBay published by Walker and Company. The book has a fly-leaf dedication written by Loretta Chase herself, hoping that the dedicatee likes the book and laughs at least three times - "at the publisher's errors if nothing else"! Unfortunately I can't recommend the book to anyone except a die-hard Loretta Chase fan.

There is far too much plot for a short book like this and parts of the plot are far too contrived to be believable I was lucky to purchase this book in the first edition hardcover from eBay published by Walker and Company. There is far too much plot for a short book like this and parts of the plot are far too contrived to be believable the subplot about the mother. Some of the secondary characters are extremely annoying the mother, cousin Veronica and the aunt , made worse by the fact that the annoying characteristics are not only over-emphasized, but they add nothing whatsoever to either the plot or the book, i.

One or two sentences about them would have got the point across - there was no need to go on about them for multiple pages. There is a serious imbalance between the heroine's encounters with the hero and with the villain - the villain gets a lot more time with her. I think if the book had been a good deal longer it's only pages long, set in a large type , with more attention paid to the hero and heroine, better exposition of the plot and less of the annoying characters, it would have been a more satisfactory read.

For what I did understood, it was her first published work, maybe why her heroine character missed a spine, for a young woman who says to the vilain of the book she always says what she thinks, she lets false rumors get to her and then takes the worth possible decision.

The hero is far from perfect as he needed time to clearly comprehend and accept his feelings but in all he did nothing as stupid as Isabella did. The vilain obviously acts like one, but as the author shares his point of view, we see all is not completely black, he has some remorses, and in some way falls too for Isabella. To conclude, the writing and details were confounding how good they were, I do just prefer my heroines with more a backbone like the ones she gave life in the books I read previously.

Nothing has made him more fearful than arriving home to his ward's governess tearfully confessing she has lost Lucy! Hartleigh is terrified he has failed his late friend. He promised he would look after Lucy and now she's lost in the middle of an unfamiliar and dangerous city. How could this have happened? Isabella Latham is in Town to chaperone her younger cousins' first Season. She's a spinster at 26 and was penniless since her father's death but now has a decent fortune. As she's about to leave her dressmaker, she comes across a small child sleeping in the corner.

When the little girl awakes, she cries for her Mama, and Isabella's motherly instincts are aroused. Isabella is about to return little Lucy home when Hartleigh finally finds them. Hartleigh is so worried about Lucy, he is quite rude to the woman he assumes is a shopkeeper.

He admires the way she handles Lucy and immediately realizes his mistake. He calls to apologize, but as Isabella's Mama points out later, timing is the enemy. His disreputable cousin Basil has already set his sights on Isabella or at least her fortune. Isabella is discommoded by the man with the cat's eyes. She fears being caught in his trap but is also a little bit curious about what it would be like to be with such a man. At least he makes no pretenses about courting her fortune, unlike her other suitors.

Lord Hartleigh decides he needs to find a Mama for Lucy. He tries to court the young ladies his aunt has picked out for him but none of them attract his attention as much as Isabella. He enjoys the time spent conversing with her and is attracted to her. Isabella's aunt is annoyed at Hartleigh's attentions to Isabella. He's way too good for Isabella and should marry her empty headed daughter Veronica instead. As Basil becomes increasingly desperate, he spins gossip in such a way that will damage not only Isabella's reputation but ruin the chances of her younger cousins.

She's confused about which one to pick for Lord Harleigh doesn't seem to love her any more than his cousin does. Though she loves him, she can not marry him if he does not love her. Finally, old scandals come to light as the two gentlemen try to win Isabella's hand. This is Loretta Chase's first published book and as such, it's a good one. The plot kept me interested to find out how the HEA would come about.

I tried to stop at the halfway point but at the point, something happened and I couldn't put it down.

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Isabella (Trevelyan Family, #1) by Loretta Chase

The romance plot could use a bit more courtship but I liked it. There are a lot of misunderstandings and I felt like yelling at Isabella "Just talk to him even though it's not proper! I would have liked more dialogue and interaction showing how compatible they are. I do get a sense of why he loves her but not so much why she loves him. The scandal is predictable and I wondered about it early on. I would think there would be legal hurdles to jump if such a thing happened. It wouldn't be so neat and tidy.

I also didn't like the end of Maria's plot. At first I did but then the other person does something that was typical of gentleman at the time but I didn't like it at all. I liked the characters in this book a lot. I especially liked Isabella's Mama, Maria. She acts like the quiet beta heroes in Georgette Heyer. Isabella is sensible and had a good head for business.

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She doesn't allow Basil to fool her as to his intentions. She thinks she can control him. Basil is a nasty man. He convinces himself that his lies are the truth and will stop at almost nothing to get money and to thwart his cousin. He's entirely despicable and untrustworthy. However, Basil seems to learn a lesson at the end. Little Lucy is cute. She sounds and acts more like 4 or 5 than 7 though.

She's used enough to forward the plot and add some humor but not so much as to be annoying. Hartleigh is an honorable gentleman. As far as the reader knows, he's pretty much a saint. He's a war hero, a devoted friend and trying to be a loving guardian. He's not entirely perfect. He acts like Mr. Darcy at first but he realizes his mistakes some of the time. The characters are driven by lust at times and there is some kissing not on the lips.

The door closes on a married couple but the pre-marital kissing is much more intense. This book is far more clean than Loretta Chase's current books. She is now writing Regency Historicals. View all 3 comments. This book suffers for the obvious love affair Chase was developing with Basil. It was as if she started out with a plot idea--heiress Cit is torn between the sensual bad boy and the proper Earl--and then promptly discovered just how much fun she was having with the sensual bad boy. Half of this book feels like prologue for The English Witch Basil's novel ; nothing about the plot stood out except for Isabella's provoking chuckle and Basil, Basil, Basil.

I will say that there are glimpses of Chase's skills poking through the mush and it made me very excited to see. That doesn't, however, excuse the lukewarm romance. This book is Loretta Chase's debut, and for a first book it's pretty good. There are glimmers of the Chase to come, but the plot development is quite confusing, although I suspect that some of my confusion could be blamed on bad Kindle formatting. Scene shifts in mid-chapter, which ordinarily might be marked by extra spacing, a wingding, or a dropped capital, were not marked in any way.

The plot itself was quite good, and I would love to see how today's Loretta Chase would write this book. Jul 07, D. Nichols rated it liked it. Le doy un tres porque es una novela correcta, como ya he dicho, pero muy por debajo de su nivel normal. Oct 15, Gail rated it really liked it. Is this book perfect? Was it just exactly what I needed? Isabella is an heiress of modest standing and disposition over whom two cousins battle, enchanted as they are by her quiet intelligence.

Yes, the plot took a fairly predictable course. Yes, the characters lacked depth. Yes, the tone of the storytelling abruptly changed. No, there weren't any steamy scenes. And yet, I loved it. It probably has something to do with zingers like the following that seem to both epito Is this book perfect? It probably has something to do with zingers like the following that seem to both epitomize and wittingly skewer the genre: But at the moment, having already sent Propriety to the Devil, he was exceedingly loath to recall it.

Apr 19, Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it liked it Shelves: One day while at the modistes she comes upon a little girl who is quickly revealed to be the Earl of Hartleighs ward. The earl himself soon arrives and mistakenly believing Isabella is the modistes assistant brusquely dismisses her,just to be set straight by Isabella that she is in fact a lady.

They dont get off on a good foot. Jul 23, Nicola Mitchell rated it really liked it. An interesting read following the lives of Esther and Lucie her daughter. Esther's childhood friend, Isabella has died as the story starts and we focus on Esther's adjustment to life after this devastating period. I don't want to give anything away, but suffice to say this story shows what can happen when you think you have total control.

Jul 18, Alexina Golding rated it liked it. The story unfolds and to begin with I was unsure where it was heading. Its a well thought out story with a variety of characters. It's a bit difficult to review without revealing the plot. A lovely piece of well written woman's fiction, that is haunting and sad. Thanks to TBC for a review copy. Jun 20, Louise rated it really liked it. Shows the good, bad and ugly in people while still making you want things to work out. Recommend if you feel like you need a cry. Jun 25, Charlotte rated it liked it. Book was ok, started off great, ended a little flatly.

Feb 23, Samantha rated it it was ok. This was a bit depressing for me - when Esthers' childhood friend Isabella dies of cancer she is broken. Years later she meets Isabella's sister Sally who cared for Isabella before she died and also her mother as she battled dementia. Its' really about how these characters coped after these events that the book is all about but although well written and thought out it was just a bit depressing for me. I think it was a difficult read and you really need to persevere with it to get to the end and This was a bit depressing for me - when Esthers' childhood friend Isabella dies of cancer she is broken.

I think it was a difficult read and you really need to persevere with it to get to the end and it wasn't helped that the character of Esther was a bit dull and boring.


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Its' not easy writing a novel about death and its' even more difficult to read about it - not a novel I would choose to read and not one I particularly enjoyed therefore I can only give this one a 2 star rating. I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review. Wow, just wow where do I start with this beautiful novel?

After Isabella opens with our protagonist Esther delivering the eulogy at her her best friend Isabella's funeral. Isabella, ironically so full of life, has been stolen by cancer at the age of 40, leaving a void that nothing and no-one can fill. Isabella was the driving force behind Esther. Pushing her into accomplishing things she never believed possible, she wouldn't have the life she's living now were it not for Isabella. Sally, Isabella' Wow, just wow where do I start with this beautiful novel?

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Sally, Isabella's younger sister, was always someone they found irritating as kids. The little sister that wouldn't stop pestering them, hanging around when she wasn't wanted. Believe me, I know where they're coming from, as a teenager, the last thing you want is your little sister hanging around. But who cared for Isabella in her last months? Who administered her medication, dressed her, toileted her, did practically everything?

Now Isabella is gone, Sally's care shifts from Isabella to her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimers. Her whole adult life has been dedicated to others, so when her mother dies, Sally, all of a sudden comes into her own. She starts living her own life, doing all the things she never got to do like learning to drive and taking night classes. Her life is just beginning. Simultaneously Esther's life starts to nosedive.

Although she's found love with a new man, her relationship with her daughter is going downhill. She blames hormones, but is that all it is? At the same time Esther's career is suffering, seemingly without her even being aware of what's happening. Her life, in contrast to Sally's, is running away from her.

Just like when Esther and Isabella were kids, Sally seems to be infiltrating into Esther's life and as that life starts to go off the rails Esther can't help mistrusting Sally, who seems to have everything sorted now that her caring responsibilities are over. This was a beautiful novel. The characters are well-written and believable, the subject matter both poignant and uplifting, and although there are many strands to Esther's life, they weave together seamlessly making it easy to follow and therefore you become absorbed in her world.

My first Rosie Fiore won't be my last if this is anything to go by. A beautiful novel that works on so many levels. Jul 31, Elisabeth rated it it was amazing. I was lucky enough to get this advance reading copy through TBC on Facebook. Living her life around work and bringing up Lucie, Esther social world is shrinking. Well meaning colleagues start to try to make her change the way she lives her life, telling her she needs to get out more, meet I was lucky enough to get this advance reading copy through TBC on Facebook.

Well meaning colleagues start to try to make her change the way she lives her life, telling her she needs to get out more, meet you people, go looking for love but do other people really know best? Is Lucie starting to live her life according to how other people think would be best for her and if so she needs to realise that although friends and colleagues may think they have her best interests at heart but they really may be best leaving Esther to find her own way in life.

A series of tragic events bring back ghosts good and bad back from her past, will Esther be able to seek help and comfort in new friends or will she be best fighting her own corner? A lovely moving story of the importance of recognising that others may not always know what is best for you, whilst also exploring female friendships and that as a women you can have many different types of friendships and relationships. It also explores the difficulty of finding a second long term love after a divorce, the ending of a long term relationship or when you reach a certain age and often that this love is something that will fall into your arms when least expect it.

I had never read a Rosie Fiore book before but now her other novels have somehow fallen into my Amazon wish list! Overall a very enjoyable read.. I will certainly be recommending this a summer or any other time read! Aug 12, Glenda Worth rated it it was amazing. After Isabella by Rosie Fiore faces head on the problems of caring for someone you're close to, having to give up your own life but then trying to rebuild it when they've gone. Esther's best friend Isabella died of cancer devastating Esther. Years later She reconnects with Sally, Isabella's sister who cared for Isabella and then their mother through years of dementia and is now starting to get her life back.

Esther finds Sally to be clingy and intense, something she finds hard to cope with. As Es After Isabella by Rosie Fiore faces head on the problems of caring for someone you're close to, having to give up your own life but then trying to rebuild it when they've gone. As Esther moves on with her own life, dealing with failed romance and then a relationship with an old friend, her daughter Lucie is growing up fast.

Add into the mix an ex husband with a pregnant wife who Lucie seems to prefer to spend time with and lif becomes explosive. Esther has never been particularly close to her mother but when she commits suicide Esther finds it hard to cope with her grief and anger. A story of grief, anger, relationships, taking a carer role and how to deal with the void when that person is no longer around. Rosie explores all these emotions with empathy and a real understanding of how her characters would react. Esther's career has its ups and downs depending on how things are going with her personal life, and after her mum dies it all unravels with college asking her to take a sabbatical while she sorts her self out.

Again Rosie manages to show the reader the trauma grief can bring in a very realistic way,. A real page turner but at the same time easy to read and relate to, another triumph for Rosie Fiore! Aug 08, Louise Riddleston rated it really liked it. What a sad story from beginning to end with a few lighthearted and haunting moments in between. The story follows the life of Esther, best friend to Isabella and single mum to Lucie.

The story begins with the sad tale of her childhood best friend Isabella who is dying from cancer and being cared for by her younger sister Sally. Esther has many hurdles t What a sad story from beginning to end with a few lighthearted and haunting moments in between. Esther has many hurdles to go through, during the course of the story and we are introduced to her boyfriend Michael who is able to reinforce that the friendship is genuine between the two ladies. This is a lovely read with the true meaning of friendship between mother and daughter, best friends and partners and ex-partners.

I found that I was able to warm to all the characters and you are able to relate parts of your everyday life into the story. There are some funny moments, some sad moments and the occasional hunting moment. On a personal level as a big fan of the hit TV show neighbours, I did laugh out loud to the neighbours reference in chapter An all round enjoyable read but in parts will make you think hard about your own friendships with individual people.

Aug 15, Sara rated it it was amazing. Isabella, dear friend of Esther is diagnosed with cancer and dies shortly before her 40th birthday. Sally, isabella's sister has been nursing their mother who has dementia, who unfortunately dies leaving sally lonely and unloved. Esther upon meeting sally again, takes Sally under her wing and befriends her.

Sally who was shy and socially awkward, finds a new lease of life, including a new boyfriend phil, who happens to be an associate of Esthers This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, i laughed, i felt emotional and i felt sympathy, all crammed in from one book. This book is written so beautifully that i was totally absorbed into the plot, i felt the characters emotions,i could empathise with them and could put myself in their shoes. It dealt with the situation of death in a tasteful way, but also very touching. The storyline is very poignant, although the whole book is about death and grieving, it grips you from the first page and makes you want to find out what happens.

Rosie Fiore has really touched my heart with this book and im still thinking about it days after finishing it.

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