Path of Progress, Flora Beach Burlingame

In the late 1800s, women don’t have the right to vote, not only that, they have very little rights in general. While there are women out there fighting for suffrage, there are very few men. We meet John Stevenson, a reverend fighting for temperance and suffrage, which is controversial to some of his congregation.

The general consensus is that women have a place, and that is in the home. After the loss of his wife, and with children to raise, John remarries such a forward-thinking woman, Ella and we follow their life together as they traverse equality for all, Ella’s desire to work outside of the home, and John’s failing health.

This is a fairly slow-paced book and that’s perfectly fine because it suits the genre and our characters. I enjoyed the characters immensely, and we even got to check in on John’s children’s lives as they each, in turn, moved out into the world. John and Ella made a great couple because they were able to work with each other and work towards their shared goals.

I absolutely love Historical Fiction and I loved Path of Progress even more so because the author drew from actual people to create her story. It was a great blend of historical accounting tied with some characters from the author’s imagination to tell a wonderful story. I also want to add that at the end of the book, the author included an epilogue in which we find out what happened to the characters in their lives and gave us a bit more about the story that wasn’t included, so don’t stop reading when the story is done, it’s a really nice treat.

For now you can read my review on Goodreads as Path of Progress hasn’t released yet. If you’ve enjoyed my review, please consider giving it a “like”. Path of Progress is available for preorder on Amazon for $2.99, and will be enrolled in KU. It releases on February 9th.