#bookreview The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst published by Allen Unwin

ON THE 15TH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1664, A GREAT LIGHT BLOOMED IN THE DARK SKY…’.

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Born on the night of a bad-luck comet, Ursula Flight has a difficult destiny written in the stars. Growing up with her family in the country, she is educated by a forward-thinking father who enables her to discover a love of reading, writing and astrology. Ursula dreams of becoming a famous playwright, but is devastated to learn she must instead fulfil her family’s expectations and marry. Trapped and lost, Ursula plots her escape – but her freedom will come at a price. .

As Ursula’s dangerous desires play out, both on and off the stage, she’s flung into a giddy world of actors, aristocrats and artistic endeavours which will change her life irrevocably.

My reading experience:

This a highly passionate period drama starting in 1664 when Ursula Flight is born. Ursula is our narrator and she guides us through her experiences uncommon to women during the 17th century – learning to read and write, and learning about science, mathematics and languages through her diary entries. Ursula becomes a strong willed, intelligent woman and uses these strengths to have an adventurous life.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for my free ARC.

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