Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.
Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
Advanced Praise for The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
AN ABA BESTSELLER!
★ "An empowering and energetic adventure that celebrates friendship between women." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "This action-driven adventure is a joy." -Booklist, starred review
★ "An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm." -School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Felicity’s story is a feminist feast that challenges societal norms and forgoes all romance, which is unconventional, albeit refreshing, in young adult literature. Readers will do themselves a disservice if they don’t explore the author’s note, as they’ll learn how women such as Felicity have always contributed to scientific exploration through their inexhaustible persistence and spirit.” - BookPage
“Mackenzi Lee managed to not only take the characters from the first book and build upon them, but with Felicity Montague as the protagonist of the second book she was able to go in depth in regards to early feminism and progressive thinking for young women in…England.” -Hypable
“The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is a wholly satisfying and extremely charming partner to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It’s exactly the young adult historical fantasy we need for this particular moment in time…If you don’t come out of Lady’s Guide ready to resist and persist, then I don’t know what to do with you.” - Tor.Com
“froths over with swashbuckling glee. It is a madcap caper of a book, full of clever, nerdy Regency girls foiling dastardly schemes and forging complex friendships (and maybe more!) with one another, and it is a pure pleasure to read.” -Tor.com
“This is a beautifully brilliant story about feminism, female friendship, privilege, sexism in the 17th century, and doing all you can to fulfill your passion and dreams.” - Buzzfeed
An Amazon Best Book of the MOnth
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019
#5 on the fall indie next list, selected by booksellers around the country