The author, who is a historian specializing in the era, has clearly done her research, because I was really impressed with how authentic the writing and details were, though there were definitely times and elements that felt more modern. What I really loved about this story though, is that the leads are in their 40's which provides a unique take on these types of stories, because normally the leads are much younger. And though depressing to relate to a book for these reasons, it's significant that the issues presented in the book are issues we still suffer as women 150 years later. So, it's easy to feel a bond with our leading ladies.
But I laughed, got angry, fired up, felt my heart hurt. More than a romance, this book is really about a smart woman and mother, and there are some beautiful female relationships that develop throughout the story. When I finished reading it, I felt satisfied and was ready to immediately re-read it.
The book has been adapted into a series, starring Brie Larson as Elizabeth Zott, which will premiere on October 13, 2023 on Apple TV+. I'm really excited for this.
So for example, the first chapter is "Briana," the next is "Jacob," then it's "Briana" again, then "Jacob" again, and so on and so forth. It's a cute story that deals with the very real and relatable issues around social anxiety, and how crippling it can be for someone. But also shows us how we might be more sensitive to these issues, and how we can be mindful of someone who deals with this level of social anxiety.
It goes without saying, I am very much looking forward to my next trip to the library.