Impossible Saints

Impossible Saints

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Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for.
Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson.

Baker & Taylor
In 1907 England, village school mistress Lilia Brooke joins the militant Women's Social and Political Union to advocate for the vote, free unions, and contraception, which Anglican priest Paul aims to become the youngest deal of St. John's Cathedral, but these two people on different paths have one thing in common: a tragic affection for each other.

& Taylor

Lilia, a school mistress who advocates for women's rights disrupts the life of Paul, an Anglican priest who aims to become the dean of St. John's Cathedral, and the two must weigh their growing love for each other against their disparate world views.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681776248
Branch Call Number: Fiction Harwood
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 04, 2018

A beautifully written story about the early 1900's when the suffragette movement in Britain was very active. Women everywhere need to be aware an appreciative of those times and those wonderfully brave women.

Sep 07, 2018

The subject sounded interesting, but it reads like a dissertation. Great information, just not what I was looking for.

May 18, 2018

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood was a passionate novel that encircled the dedication of women’s suffragettes in 1907.
Lilia Brooke is a strong, opinionated woman who grew up in the small, old-fashioned village of Ingleford. Paul Harris is a young clergyman who has a goal of becoming the youngest dean of his cathedral. Fate brings Lilia Brooke to London, England where the two people meet as adults as opposed to years back when they were childhood family friends. Soon enough, Paul is attracted to Lilia’s rebellious and passionate personality, and Lilia is swooned by Paul’s dazzling smile. But Lilia is part of a dangerous political movement and Paul is a clergyman who is open to changing his view on the world, and they don’t seem to belong in each other’s worlds.
I rate this book a 4/5 stars and recommend this book to ages 14 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JessicaGma May 08, 2018

This is a different era than I normally read, but a very interesting tale. Lilia is an educated woman in a time where women were not educated, so she dedicates herself to the Suffrage movement. Paul is a high Anglican priest, with designs to be the dean of a priory, but the attraction between these two characters upends their intentions and helps them grow. It's a much better read than I had expected.


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