This historical fiction provides a story that is poignant and impactful. In today’s world, this story of women working towards women’s rights and control over their bodies becomes even more important to read.
Cassie is a graduate student in the 1970’s, focused on women’s studies. She finds that her Great Aunt was the founder of The Birth Control League of Massachusetts as well as an activist. This story follows both Cassie and her Great Aunt through their own work towards rights for women.
I thought this was an interesting story, and I enjoyed the information. I thought the author had obviously done an enormous amount of research to make this come to life! I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and anyone interested in learning more about the history of women’s reproductive rights.
Where to Find This Book:
It’s 1977 and Cassie Lyman, a graduate student in women’s history, is struggling to find a topic for her doctoral dissertation. When she discovers a trove of drawings, suffrage cartoons, letters, and diaries at Smith College belonging to Kate Easton, founder of the Birth Control League of Massachusetts in 1916, she believes she has located her subject.
Digging deeper into Kate’s life, Cassie learns that she and Kate are related―closely. Driven to understand why her family has never spoken of Kate, Cassie travels to Cape Ann to attend her sister’s shotgun wedding, where she questions her female relatives about Kate―only to find herself soon afterward in the same challenging situation Kate faced.
Just the Facts:
Lemons in the Garden of Love by Ames Sheldon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: She Writes Press
Pub Date: May 11, 2021
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.