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    Utterly captivating

    I loved the sweet romance, the passion for science and art, how the long (continuing) fight for recognition and credibility and equal footing in the world was rendered, and all the ways Lucy and Catherine triumph. Absolutely a lovely book I will be recommending widely! And would love to listen to, were it recorded on audio as well. Read it!
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    Five scintillating stars

    When Lucy Muchelney's lover of five years, Priscilla got married to access her trust, Lucy's heart broke. Lucy's father had died only six months before, she had been doing most of his mathematical work by then, but no one knew. She had received a letter from Catherine St. Day, the Countess of Moth, asking for a reliable translator for the first of five tomes of Oléron's Mécanique céleste. Lucy knows she is fully qualified, so she travels to London to meet the countess in person to convince her that she can do it. Lucy and her brother Stephen need the money, he isn't selling many paintings aren't selling. Lucy is pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the countess is, but business comes first. Lady Moth's marriage to George was a miserable one, and while relieved she doesn't quite know what to do with herself since she's become a widow. Catherine had had some vague crushes on women, but she did not explore her attraction. But with Lucy, it's different. Their initial interaction is a bit awkward, no words are uttered, but soon they know. They are from such different worlds: the glamorous, well-travelled aristocrat and the scholarly country girl, but as intelligent, gifted women, they have much in common. When faced with one more affront because of their sex, Catherine reacts. She has the means to effect changes, and by helping Lucy, she also finds herself as well as love. THE LADY'S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS is a vibrantly nuanced portrait of Regency society, highlighted by Olivia Waite's exquisitely eloquent prose and scintillating dialogues. The segments on embroidery are sheer poetry, as are Catherine's Aunt Kelmarsh's letters, and the fictional Obéron, translated by Lucy - but in English for us - is absolutely stunning! I loved the diversity of characters: the men who thwarted women's ambitions - George and Stephen - those who encouraged them in their scholarly pursuits, like Lucy's father Arthur; Narayan, Catherine's lady's maid, the lovely Mr. William Frampton, a mathematician whose mother hails from Saint-Domingue - and I hope there's a story for him in the future. All the secondary characters are marvellously defined. THE LADY'S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS is how I perceive the first successful feminists would have acted. These are strong, determined women who take matters into their own hands and make things happen. It is an exhilarating story where you cheer because you feel that these women are doing it right. I was outraged at how the women were treated at the Polite Science Society because it feels so real, and it's so crisply described. I was dumbstruck at the men's pettiness - except the darling Mr. Frampton - and awestruck when Catherine fought back in the most dignified and significant manner. And the glorious moment when Lucy and Catherine realise how they feel about each other! Although I have read many m/m romances, I had read only a few f/f romances before but THE LADY'S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS came highly recommended from a favourite author of mine, someone I admire and respect, and I tried this new-to-me author. What a wonderful discovery! This is such a beautiful romance, where respect reigns supreme, where kindness and tenderness are freely given, where the characters are really attuned to each other and listen with their bodies and their hearts. I find that queer romances have much more interesting conflicts, this book is no exception, and what a spectacular plot twist at the end! THE LADY'S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS is a celebration of women, knowledge, and the arts; a love letter to embroidery; insightful asides on the perils of translation. On that note, I hope that in the final version, the Italian countess is a contessa, not a contezza.The writing is indescribably beautiful, lyrical, and Ms. Waite is able to convey myriad emotions with a few well chosen words. The author's total mastery of the English language, her nearly encyclopedic knowledge of Regency society, arts and sciences, the breathtaking descriptions, the fabulously well fleshed-out characters all contribute to make THE LADY'S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS an outstanding book.
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    I loved this book

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite is the first book in what looks to be an intriguing new series The Feminine Pursuit Series. My New Year’s resolution is always the same Try New Things and this book fits that perfectly with a new to me author and a new genre F/F romance and getting to read this book was definitely a win for me because not only did I find a new author to enjoy as well as a new genre but reading it sent me off to the library to look up more about women and science and it while of course there are some horrible stories of men taking credit for work that is not theirs it was quite eye opening and I look forward to discovering more stories…. but back to this story Lucy Muchelney a brilliant mathematician is at a bit of a loose end, her astronomer father has passed away leaving her feeling purposeless without work to do and her beloved accepted a marriage proposal without even informing Lucy of her decision. When a letter arrives from the Countess of Moth, Catherine St. Day looking for someone to translate a French Astronomy text she immediately heads to London in hopes of finding purpose and to recover from her broken heart. Lucy finds all of that and much more. While this book is a historical romance it explores issues that are still of burning importance today and I found that as well as being an extremely entertaining read with a beautiful love story it also gave me lots to think about. I highly recommend reading it. Medium Steam. Publishing Date June 25, 2019 #Edelweissplus #OliviaWaite #AvonBooks #AvonImpulse #HarperCollinsCanada #HarperCollinsPublishers #TheLadysGuidetoCelstialMechanics

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