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The Renegade Queen (Rebellious Times) by [Flynn, Eva]
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"Flynn turns a history with no shortage of drama into compelling fiction with a vivid setting and strong secondary characters...The woman known to the tabloids of her era as "Mrs. Satan" is rendered both driven and flawed, a fully realized character who will keep readers turning the page."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Five stars. One of the best historical novels I've had the pleasure to read in years, a page turner of strong characters who stand up for what they think is right, in spite of the costs."--Readers' Favorite

"Flynn's storytelling is so energetic and her characters so vividly drawn that in addition to being eye-opening on many levels, it is also a page turner." Historical Novel Society

"Fascinating from beginning to end." US Review of Books

"Five stars. Powerful."--San Francisco Book Review

"This deftly crafted and consistently compelling read is very highly recommended for both community and academic library historical fiction collections."-- Midwest Book Review

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  • File Size: 1862 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Omega Press; 1 edition (December 12, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018TOPIH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most people haven't heard of Victoria Woodhull - I know I hadn't before reading this book, which brings to life not only Victoria but also one of the most vibrant eras in American history, the Reconstruction Period. The book is a lively first-person take on Victoria's life, and begins all the way at the beginning, with her conception and horrible childhood. The first part of the book is challenging but tactfully written, with Victoria and her siblings suffering all manner of slings and arrows as they are sexually abused, forced to sell their clairvoyant capabilities, and generally treated inhumanely by their monster of a father and shell of a mother. After Victoria escapes the her home,, the book follows her as she observes the increasingly unlikely roles she takes on in her life, from young mother to celebrity psychic to stockbroker to Presidential candidate. Susan meets all the colorful characters I knew from New York's Reconstruction Period and Gilded Age - Commodore Vanderbilt, Susan B. Anthony, and Henry Ward Beecher - as well as a bunch that I didn't, like professional prude Anthony Comstock, debonaire communist James Blood, and Benjamin Butler, general, senator, and unlikely feminist.

Eva Flynn writes with wit, historical savvy, and a a fast-paced sense of drama and romance. I loved the characters and the weird byways in Victoria's life, but most of all it was a pleasure to be immersed in such a vivid version of 1870s New York City, where seemingly everyone seemed to be. If you like American history, romance, or true stories, you'll love this book and be gasping that Victoria Woodhull was a real person.
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A really well-written book about a heroine, and time period, I am not very familiar with. So, besides a very entertaining read, I got to see a glimpse of a historical figure who is little-known to the general public, and was unknown to me. What a fascinating person Victoria Woodhull was. And this book, based on a real person and filled with historical figures, never felt like a history lesson, but more of an in-depth look at an American heroine. It also showed a side of Susan B. Anthony that many of us have never seen before.

People who liked the movie Suffragette will really like this book. It will also appeal to those who like Historical Fiction and Historical Romance.
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This novel is required reading for anyone interested in a more accurate understanding of the history of women’s right to vote, especially as it relates to the timeline of African American voting rights. Despite the book being fiction, it connects the political dots for me in a way that memorizing historical dates and facts out of textbooks never could. Before reading The Renegade Queen, I had no idea a woman other than Hillary Clinton had ever run for president. It seems an egregious act of erasure that I just now learned of this—one that Eva Flynn addresses and explains in the author’s note at the end of the book. Flynn exquisitely renders the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and her contemporaries. She doesn’t shy away from difficult scenes, controversial topics, or potentially unpopular truths about historical figures. What I love most about this book is its bravery, its honesty, and its obvious dedication to undoing the erasure of female voices and their impact on history as we know it. Ironically, women seem to have had a hand in this erasure themselves. We can all learn something from this. But the book isn’t all history—its plot is very engaging and its characters are compelling and complex.
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Eva Flynn obviously loves history and did the research to piece together a mostly true to history but still fictional account of Victoria Woodhull's life. Flynn writes to develop Victoria's character by recounting a horrific early life (rape, violence), and I didn't really enjoy that part. However, I really enjoyed the story overall of a determined and clever woman who had to live with the consequences of difficult decisions she made for survival, for the women's suffrage movement, and for what she believed was right.
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Victoria Woodhull and her partner James Blood were controversial figures of their time. So controversial, that they have been all but erased from history. Victoria’s life was controversial from her conception; however she always knew that she was destined for greatness. Victoria and her sister, Tennessee are used and abused by their parents. Tennessee is set up as a healer and Victoria is proffered as a medium to speak to the dead. At a young age, Victoria is whisked away and married to a much older Dr. Canning Woodhull, while her life is better than with her parents, Victoria is still subjected to Canning's drunkenness and whoring. Also, Canning wasn't expecting such an intelligent, willful and strong girl as his wife. As Victoria grows, her mind evolves as well. She has strong opinions on slavery and women's rights. Victoria meets Susan B. Anthony and her fervor grows, when Victoria meets and falls in love with Civil War hero, James Blood, she is given the opportunity to act on her dreams of women's rights. With James' encouragement Victoria is able to open a financial institution, start a newspaper and even run for president.

I was captivated by Victoria's life from the point of her describing her conception in a whore's tent at a Methodist revival. From then, it seems like she hit the ground running and there was not one dull moment in her fascinating life. While Victoria's life was difficult, she persevered through her strong will, determination and ever increasing gains in knowledge and insight. Victoria's progressive thinking and ideas to further herself continually impressed me. I also loved seeing other historical figures through her eyes, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Commodore Vanderbilt were shown in a different light.
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