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Today, we're joining PR By the Book as we celebrate the BOOK BIRTHDAY of author Wendy Voorsanger's, Prospects of a Woman. It's a powerful work of Fiction based in our not so distant past that pulls back the curtain on what life would have been like for women in what some would view as "simpler times"; although I'm far from seeing the hardships, the power struggles, and the fight for equal freedom as anything worthy of the term simple! Ladies and gents, prepare to be enlightened, while also entertained, as we look behind the cover of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...
Prospects of a Woman
About the book...
Elisabeth Parker comes to California from Massachusetts in 1849 with her new husband, Nate, to reunite with her father, who’s struck gold on the American River. She soon realizes her husband is not the man she thought—and neither is her father, who abandons them shortly after they arrive. As Nate struggles with his sexuality, Elisabeth is forced to confront her preconceived notions of family, love, and opportunity.
She finds comfort in corresponding with her childhood friend back home, writer Louisa May Alcott, and spending time in the company of a mysterious Californio Don. Armed with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, she sets out to determine her role in building the West, even as she comes to terms with the sacrifices she must make to achieve independence and happiness.
Prospects of a Woman is a fresh, authentic retelling of the West that explores women’s contributions in California and shatters the stereotypes of the typical hard-boiled novel of the West that has captured the American imagination for over a century.
This is one of those stories that really makes you realize just how far we've come...and yet, just how far we still need to go. Elisabeth was thoroughly unprepared for what life on the new frontier would bring, and the abandonment (yet again) by her "father" was that last straw on the proverbial camel's back. Add to that the hardships she'll face on a personal front, the harsh, unfamiliar landscape she now finds herself in, and the uncertainty of a future she believed somewhat set...and you've got enough to bring your average girl down. Good thing she's more than average...and she's about to find out just how above the bar she really is as she navigates her way through a time that wasn't meant for women to forge their own destinies, and yet that's just what she's about to do.
Step into the past and see just what triumphs can be achieved when a woman's mettle is tested and giving up just isn't an option.
About the author...
Born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, Wendy Voorsanger has long held an intense interest in the historical women of California. She started her career in the Silicon Valley, writing about technology trends and innovations for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies.
She currently manages SheIsCalifornia.net, a blog dedicated to chronicling the accomplishments of California women through history. Her debut historical novel, Prospects of a Woman will be published in October 2020 (She Writes Press); an excerpt entitled "Shifting in California" won 1st place in the California Writers Club short story contest and is published in the Fault Zone: Shift: An Anthology of Stories.
She earned a B.A. in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, the Lit Camp Advisory Board, and the San Mateo Public Library Literary Society.
In addition to being an author, Wendy has worked as a lifeguard, ski instructor, and radio disc jockey. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
Special thanks to Leslie at PR by the Book and author Wendy Voorsanger for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!