Impossible Saints

Impossible Saints Review

Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson.

Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.

As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for.

Title:Impossible Saints
Edition Language:English

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  • Rachel McMillan

    from my blog (pardon the loquacious fervour!) "Why is it that men's courage is called bravery but women's courage is called recklessness- or, even worse, foolishness?""That's just it, Harriet. Doesn't...

  • Wit & Wonder Books

    *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***Learn how a true suffragette balances life and love in Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood. Meet and fall in love with the kindness and strengt...

  • Ashley

    I received a free e-copy of Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood is a one of a kind book. It will stay with me an...

  • Laura

    Of course I love this novel - I'm her agent! If you love fierce and fiery suffragettes, complicated romances, and Grantchester on PBS/BBC, this book is for you! ...

  • Annarella

    A wonderful debut, a solid plot, and intriguing characters. A book i would advise to people who are looking for historical fiction with something more. A bit too sedate and emphatic at times but reall...

  • Jennifer Klepper

    There are two things I love to get from historical fiction, especially when I am thinking about whether it's a good book club book. First, does it teach me something I didn't know and make me want to ...

  • Tiffany S

    It is hard to wrap your mind around the fact that barely over a 100 years ago, women were giving up their lives for the right to vote. Women were imprisoned for fighting for the right to vote. Women w...

  • Theresa Therrien-dacey

    Temptation takes many forms and IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Clarissa Harwood explores the theme of temptation in different ways. Paul, an ambitious clergyman, has fallen in love with Lilia, a temptation that...

  • Genna

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Okay, jeez, finally reviewing this.Bored and unsatisfied with her life as a schoolmistress, Lilia exchanges the tedious doldrums o...

  • Kristin

    I made it through a whole two chapters before giving up. The writing is so bad that I wanted to stop after the first chapter, but I was entertained enough to keep going. I kept reading lines out loud ...