Emmy Nation, by L Davis Munro
Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette will bring the past alive as you read about life a mere hundred years ago. Today it seems amazing that at one time women were not allowed to vote for the politicians who were passing laws about them. In today’s modern culture, it is easy to forget how different women were treated in our history.
The book seems well researched and all too realistic. A young woman, Emmy, leaves home to avoid an arranged marriage. She gives up her upper class life style, takes a typing course and gets a job. As a typist for the police department she struggles to survive. So she is pleased when offered a unique assignment: She is to go undercover to infiltrate the Women’s Social and Political Union, the group fighting for the women’s right to vote.
With a single policeman assigned to watch over her and keep her safe, furnished with an upper class wardrobe, Emmy delves right into her assignment. The problem is, how far should she go to infiltrate? How can she get closer to those in charge of the group if she doesn’t participate in some of their illegal activities?
It becomes a challenge for Colin to protect Emmy, as well as a challenge for Emmy to do the right thing. The question becomes, just what is the right thing?
The women who fought to change that were remarkably brave. Especially when you think how little was allowed or permitted to them then. They faced jail, beatings, arrest. Some lost their families—even their children—standing up for the cause. How far would Emmy have to go?
It’s a quick, interesting novel that will make you think. Though the subject matter is serious, it is easy and gentle to read. While it can be read as a stand alone, there were clearly things left unfinished. I’m not sure if it will be a trilogy or a longer series, but it looks like there will be more to come.
We so often are caught up in the present we forget how different life was only one hundred years ago. It is our history, and one we should not forget.
Progress has been incredible throughout the last century. So many huge life changing events. Think about it…Which do you think would be among the most important? I imagine a woman’s right to vote will be close to the top.
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We are very pleased to have been included in the book tour for Emmy Nation. You can see the full schedule of the virtual tour here at the host’s page, iRead Book Tours. You will find other reviews, guest articles from Ms. Munro, and interviews she has done. It’s a fantastic way to learn more about the book and the author.
Book Description for Emmy Nation:
Being an independent woman in 1913 London is certainly empowering, but Emmy Nation is tired of the inescapable damp seeping through her worn shoes and the hopeless grumblings of her stomach.
When she receives an offer from Scotland Yard to boost her typist income by spying on the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), Emmy jumps at the chance. But as she grows closer to the WSPU women the lines begin to blur, and when a painful part of her past resurfaces Emmy begins to question her choices.
How far are you willing to go to secure your equality?
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L. Davis Munro holds a master’s degree with a focus on women’s suffrage theatre and works in theatre and dance. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and her dog.