Book Review: Her Lost Words by Stephanie Marie Thornton


Title: Her Lost Words

By: Stephanie Marie Thornton

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 448

Release Date: March 28th, 2023

Publisher: Berkley Books

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to Frankenstein, a tale of two literary legends--a mother and daughter--discovering each other and finding themselves along the way, from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Marie Thornton.

1792. As a child, Mary Wollstonecraft longed to disappear during her father's violent rages. Instead, she transforms herself into the radical author of the landmark volume A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she dares to propose that women are equal to men. From conservative England to the blood-drenched streets of revolutionary France, Mary refuses to bow to society's conventions and instead supports herself with her pen until an illicit love affair challenges her every belief about romance and marriage. When she gives birth to a daughter and is stricken with childbed fever, Mary fears it will be her many critics who recount her life's extraordinary odyssey...

1818. The daughter of infamous political philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, passionate Mary Shelley learned to read by tracing the letters of her mother's tombstone. As a young woman, she desperately misses her mother's guidance, especially following her scandalous elopement with dashing poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary struggles to balance an ever-complicated marriage with motherhood while nursing twin hopes that she might write something of her own one day and also discover the truth of her mother's unconventional life. Mary's journey will unlock her mother's secrets, all while leading to her own destiny as the groundbreaking author of Frankenstein.

A riveting and inspiring novel about a firebrand feminist, her visionary daughter, and the many ways their words transformed our world.


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This was an intriguing story full of longing and regret.

As most my followers will tell you, I'm not a fan of dual points of view. I find them tedious and place a break in the story that stops the flow of the writing. Not my cup of tea. However, Stephanie Marie Thornton is a wonderful writer. She has a wonderful way of weaving a story that keeps the reader entertained. This genre can be hard to write as the stories don't have a lot of excitement and substance, but more rely on historical facts and atrocities. 

With all this being said, I really enjoyed this read. It was interesting and heartbreaking, but came together in the end to leave me feeling complete. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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