Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates

From Johnstown, New York, 1823: It is a time when a wife’s dowry, even children, automatically becomes her husband’s property. Slavery is an economic advantage entrenched in America but rumblings of abolition abound. 
For Elizabeth Cady to confront this culture is unheard of, yet that is exactly what she does. Before she can become a leader of the women's rights movement and prominent abolitionist, she faces challenges fraught with disappointment. Her father admires her intellect but says a woman cannot aspire to the goals of men. Her sister’s husband becomes her champion–but secretly wants more. Religious fervor threatens to consume her. As she faces depression and despair, she records these struggles and other dark confidences in diaries. When she learns the journals might fall into the wrong hands and discredit her, she panics and rips out pages of entries that might destroy her hard-fought reputation. Relieved, she believes they are lost to history forever.
But are they? Travel with Elizabeth into American history and discover a young woman truly ahead of her time.

My Take:This book is very good as it tells the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton who along with Susan B. Anthony was very instrumental in getting the 19th Amendment passed.  She lived during a time when women were not given the same opportunities that men had and without her it might be the same way today.  History doesn't really tells us much about Elizabeth as she is outshown by Susan.  But if it wasn't for Elizabeth and many others Susan B. Anthony wouldn't have been able to do what she did.  

I was given a review copy in exchange for my honest reeview by Virtual Author Book Tours.  


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed 'Lost Diaries.."!

  2. Mindy, thank so much for your review. Although Elizabeth and Susan became cohorts as adults, it is Elizabeth's life that captivated me,
    hence the novel. Doing the research unveiled nuances of her character that enabled me to portray her as accurately as I could.


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