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Things get a bit heated when an ambitious spiritualist and a suffragist journalist face off in late Victorian London. Jillianne Hamilton's sassy debut historical fiction novel is "clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining." -Award-winning author Leo McKay Jr.----London, 1888.Upon the death of her husband, self-involved social climber Cora Pringle assumes her recent dall Things get a bit heated when an ambitious spiritualist and a suffragist journalist face off in late Victorian London. Jillianne Hamilton's sassy debut historical fiction novel is "clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining." -Award-winning author Leo McKay Jr.----London,


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Things get a bit heated when an ambitious spiritualist and a suffragist journalist face off in late Victorian London. Jillianne Hamilton's sassy debut historical fiction novel is "clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining." -Award-winning author Leo McKay Jr.----London, 1888.Upon the death of her husband, self-involved social climber Cora Pringle assumes her recent dall Things get a bit heated when an ambitious spiritualist and a suffragist journalist face off in late Victorian London. Jillianne Hamilton's sassy debut historical fiction novel is "clever, lively, and unabashedly entertaining." -Award-winning author Leo McKay Jr.----London, 1888.Upon the death of her husband, self-involved social climber Cora Pringle assumes her recent dalliance with a wealthy gentleman will be her second chance at a happily ever after. That is until her paramour turns out to be a penniless imposter. Despite his betrayal, Cora can't quite let go of the tug the handsome playwright has on her heart.Desperate for an income, Cora becomes a séance-performing spiritualist and gets a taste for celebrity—and it's so delicious. So what if she can't actually communicate with the dead? Her eager patrons don't need to know that.Amelia Baxter, an ambitious journalist and suffragist, is discouraged when her editor refuses to let her cover the horrific Jack the Ripper murders. Instead, Amelia pours her frustrations into bringing Cora's deceptive and manipulative act to an end, even if it means risking her family's reputation.

8 review for The Spirited Mrs. Pringle: Victorian historical fiction with a delightful twist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    The Spirited Mrs. Pringle is a witty, fun, and engaging look at a woman thrown into hard times in Victorian London, the way she rises to fame, and the lessons she learns along the way. It is also the story of a reporter, Amelia Baxter, who is hot on Cora Pringle’s heels, determined to rip away the facade, no matter what the cost. The characters jump off the page, and the reader is caught up immediately in the wit, sarcasm, and romance. The cunning and ambitious Cora Pringle is a manipulative del The Spirited Mrs. Pringle is a witty, fun, and engaging look at a woman thrown into hard times in Victorian London, the way she rises to fame, and the lessons she learns along the way. It is also the story of a reporter, Amelia Baxter, who is hot on Cora Pringle’s heels, determined to rip away the facade, no matter what the cost. The characters jump off the page, and the reader is caught up immediately in the wit, sarcasm, and romance. The cunning and ambitious Cora Pringle is a manipulative delight of a character who is surrounded by a superb cast. Fans of Victorian romance with a clever twist will not want to pass this up.I received a free copy of this book via HFVBT Blog Tours. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bruno

    Oh how I loved, loved, loved The Spirited Mrs. Pringle! Loved it so much that I inhaled it in two sittings...well, it would have been one sitting but you know, life and all.Author Jillianne Hamilton has written a wonderfully charming historical that features two women, Cora (Mrs. Pringle) and Amelia. Cora is in a loveless marriage when she meets and falls for another man (Everett), though he turns out to be not what she thought. When her husband passes unexpectedly, she learns just how dire her Oh how I loved, loved, loved The Spirited Mrs. Pringle! Loved it so much that I inhaled it in two sittings...well, it would have been one sitting but you know, life and all.Author Jillianne Hamilton has written a wonderfully charming historical that features two women, Cora (Mrs. Pringle) and Amelia. Cora is in a loveless marriage when she meets and falls for another man (Everett), though he turns out to be not what she thought. When her husband passes unexpectedly, she learns just how dire her circumstances are. He's left her with no home and no money. She is without family and her friends can't help, so she has no choice but to reach out to Everett who has offered her a place to stay. Cora needs money so she decides to try her hand at being a spiritualist. She's done this act at parties before but only as a joke.Amelia is newlywed and has ambition to become a reporter and writer. She soon learns about the famous Mrs. Pringle and decides to check her out. When she sees that Mrs. Pringle can't really talk to the dead she exposes her.I don't want to give too much away, but trust me it's an extremely fun read. There were twists and turns and a slow-burn romance that will leave you swooning! My word, how I adored Everett! There is also a lot of witty and clever dialogue that I loved.I will definitely be picking up Jillianne's previous books as I greatly enjoyed this one. If you like Mimi Matthews, Harper St. George, or Diane Biller I strongly recommend you check Jillianne out!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nita Swanson

    I loved the characters and the setting. A quirky relationship between the women of the story. Enjoyed

  4. 4 out of 5

    gwendalyn _books_

    This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Victorian London 1888The Spirited Mrs Pringle, is Juillianne Hamilton’s first historical fiction novel. Let me say this b This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Victorian London 1888The Spirited Mrs Pringle, is Juillianne Hamilton’s first historical fiction novel. Let me say this book surpassed all my expectations.Cora Pringle has been dealt a series of financial blows. Starting with her husband’s untimely death, leaving her completely penniless, to her amorist being an imposter.Left without many options she creates a persona, and becomes Lady Selene.A spiritualist who performs séance for society, quickly she becomes well known, as her business becomes lucrative.This attracts the attention of a woman journalist Amelia Baxter, who has been refused by her editor to be allowed to cover the notorious Jack The Ripper.Seeking out Lady Selene, Amelia will do everything in her power to discredit the phony spiritualist.Hamilton delivers a captivating historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of this story and it had me hooked right from the very first chapter. Giving the reader two distinct strong women’s POV’s made this book really enjoyable.The authors seamless narration definitely shines when it comes to how interesting and fleshed out her characters are. She connects you to her characters and has you totally believing in them which allowed me to be totally invested in their lives.There is so much more to the storyline than two women who go head to head with each with each other. Complex friendships, along serious themes add depth to this book. The romance is wonderfully depicted, along with storyline that tackles some serious themes.A wonderful historical fiction that will capture your attention right from the start and hold it all the way through to the satisfying end!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “The Spirited Mrs. Pringle” is a compelling historical fiction novel about two women who take risks that impact their lives, and I enjoyed it!The highlight of the storyline is the two main leads. It was interesting to read the two contrasting storylines between Cora and Amelia. The story starts with Cora mourning the loss of her husband Marshall, whereas Amelia is happily marrying her best friend, Simon. As the story progress [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “The Spirited Mrs. Pringle” is a compelling historical fiction novel about two women who take risks that impact their lives, and I enjoyed it!The highlight of the storyline is the two main leads. It was interesting to read the two contrasting storylines between Cora and Amelia. The story starts with Cora mourning the loss of her husband Marshall, whereas Amelia is happily marrying her best friend, Simon. As the story progresses, you see how the dynamics between the two characters change as they go through ups and downs.Cora is dynamic. On the one hand, my heart went out to Cora as she realizes her whole world is collapsing with insolvency. On the other hand, Cora’s manipulations irked me because of the way Cora cheats to make a living as Lady Selene. But, a part of me also wanted to see how far she would go with her plan. Nevertheless, Cora was the more charismatic person in the tale.Moreover, I enjoyed the relationship between Cora and Everett. While I don’t condone their operations, I could not help by enjoying their chemistry. The other author their relationship wonderfully. Initially, Cora feels the need to hold a knife when she is near him, but that gradually changes as she spends more time with him.Similarly, I was intrigued by Amelia’s world in the newspaper and want to be the best. The author spins the story in s a deliciously excellent manner where we see the two protagonists involved in a game to be the best, even if it means bringing down the other one. I also enjoyed how the author included the famous incidents of Jack the Ripper and Nellie Bly into the tale.Overall, “The Spirited Mrs. Pringle” is a creative historical fiction novel worth picking up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I have read a couple of books that took place in this period of time when the interest in speaking the dead reached almost a frenzy like atmosphere. Everyone has lost someone close to them at some point in their life and the idea that you could contact them and know they are all right or get some advice or just to feel their love again is I think comforting to many people. That these feelings were taken advantage of by certain individuals was well, what a certain class of human beings has been d I have read a couple of books that took place in this period of time when the interest in speaking the dead reached almost a frenzy like atmosphere. Everyone has lost someone close to them at some point in their life and the idea that you could contact them and know they are all right or get some advice or just to feel their love again is I think comforting to many people. That these feelings were taken advantage of by certain individuals was well, what a certain class of human beings has been doing to other human beings for time immemorial.The Spirited Mrs. Pringle starts out with our heroine finding out that her husband, now deceased, has left her penniless. Not a good situation for a Victorian woman being without a man was definitely not how it was done. She thought she had it figured out but her new man turned out to be a serial philanderer. What is a woman to do?Mrs. Pringle it seems, turned to speaking to the dead. With the help of an adoring friend she sets herself up as Madame Selene and starts channeling the spirit world until a reporter who is thwarted from covering a series of horrific killings of prostitutes decides to make it her mission to bring Mrs. Pringle down.How does it all end? Well! You will have to read this vastly entertaining and just slightly dark read to find out. I read the book basically in one day (I had like two chapters left when I went to bed. Had I started a little earlier … ) and really didn’t want to put it down to cook dinner or to go to sleep with the little bit left but my eyes would not stay open. It was a wonderful distraction after all of the stress of packing up the house for our move from Montana to Vermont. It was a true delight to get lost in the story with the well drawn characters and defined settings that let me fall into the book so that I felt I was there.4.5

  7. 5 out of 5

    CoffeeandInk

    In late 1880s, significantly during the time Jack the Ripper terrorized London, Mrs. Pringle finds herself in severely reduced circumstances. Forced out of her home to pay her late husband’s debts, she is down, but not out and comes back fighting.She manages to find her way as a spiritualist, with mixed results, but now she can pay for food and the rent on the rooms she is now reluctantly sharing with her partner and love interest. Her popularity increases but an intrepid woman reporter, Amelia, In late 1880s, significantly during the time Jack the Ripper terrorized London, Mrs. Pringle finds herself in severely reduced circumstances. Forced out of her home to pay her late husband’s debts, she is down, but not out and comes back fighting.She manages to find her way as a spiritualist, with mixed results, but now she can pay for food and the rent on the rooms she is now reluctantly sharing with her partner and love interest. Her popularity increases but an intrepid woman reporter, Amelia, writes about her dishonest tactics—some might say criminal, some might say harmless. All Amelia wants is for the male reporters and her boss to see her as an equal and not relegate her to only writing columns about fashion and housekeeping tips.I was fascinated by the rise and fall of Mrs. Pringle and Amelia as these two strong women characters clashed with each other. Neither of them wrong but neither of them completely in the right either. They make sacrifices to protect loved ones and to keep themselves from destitution in the hard, cruel male-dominated world of Victorian London.What a wonderful book—original, charming, and well-researched. I could not put it down and highly recommend it. I am very much looking forward to more from this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    As a lover of historical fiction novels, The Spirited Mrs. Pringle does not disappoint. Filled with great character and world building (especially the variety of female characters), lots of surprising moments, and just overall entertainment, I really enjoyed reading this book.I particularly love books that tie in sensational historical stories, and not just a war. Thank you to @hfvbt & @JillianneWrites for the gifted book.

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