Impossible Saints

Impossible Saints

Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson. Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris?s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, wi...

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Title:Impossible Saints
Author:Clarissa Harwood
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1681776243
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Impossible Saints Reviews

  • Barb in Maryland
    Jan 25, 2018
    This is an opposites attract romance set against the early 20th century drive to gain the right to vote for women. On the surface our hero (Paul Harris, an Anglican clergyman) and heroine (Lilia Brooke, New Woman and staunch suffragette) have nothing in common. He's an introvert--happi...
  • Molly
    Jan 22, 2018
    I'm calling it quits after 72 pages. The writing style is ridiculously basic and the story is a forgone conclusion. It's less about the suffrage movement (though we're hit over the head with diatribes at every turn) and more about a romance and the man's career issues. Life is too ...
  • Annarella
    Nov 04, 2017
    A wonderful debut, a solid plot, and intriguing characters. A book i would advise to people who are looking for historical fiction with something more. A bit too sedate and emphatic at times but really good on a generale level. It surely deserves five stars. Many thanks to Netgalley ...
  • Bradeigh
    Feb 21, 2018
    Set in England in 1907, this lovely story follows Lilia, a free-spirited young woman who becomes involved in the women?s suffrage movement, and Paul, a family friend of Lilia?s who is rising in the ranks of the Church. Of course the two are attracted to each other, which leads to a...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Sep 14, 2017
    from my blog (pardon the loquacious fervour!) "Why is it that men's courage is called bravery but women's courage is called recklessness- or, even worse, foolishness?" "That's just it, Harriet. Doesn't It bother you that we're still making the same arguments she (Wollsto...
  • Amanda
    Feb 06, 2018
    Wonderful, well developed characters and a great historical storyline. ...
  • Tiffany S
    Nov 01, 2017
    It is hard to wrap your mind around the fact that barely over a 100 years ago, women were giving up their lives for the right to vote. Women were imprisoned for fighting for the right to vote. Women were ostracized for wanting the right to vote. Impossible Saints reminds us of all t...
  • Sarah Wagner
    Jan 14, 2018
    I didn't expect to like this book nearly as much as I did, but perhaps that's because I can identify almost too much with Lilia Brooke's character and I share her original feelings about clergymen. That being said, I thoroughly enjoying reading as Paul and Lilia fall in love with each ...
  • Kristin
    Jan 31, 2018
    I made it through a whole two chapters before giving up. The writing is so bad that I wanted to stop after the first chapter, but I was entertained enough to keep going. I kept reading lines out loud to my son and we laughed hysterically. I felt like I was reading a first manuscript. I...
  • Laura
    Jun 23, 2017
    Of course I love this novel - I'm her agent! If you love fierce and fiery suffragettes, complicated romances, and Grantchester on PBS/BBC, this book is for you! ...
  • Dorine
    Jan 28, 2018
    Rated 4.5 - IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Clarissa Harwood fascinated me with its unusual subject matter for a historical romance. It?s uncharacteristic, as well as depicts strong women who fought for their rights in the early 1900s. This ?new? woman was sexually aware, smoked, and went t...
  • Theresa Therrien
    Sep 11, 2017
    Temptation takes many forms and IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Clarissa Harwood explores the theme of temptation in different ways. Paul, an ambitious clergyman, has fallen in love with Lilia, a temptation that causes him to question the things he thought were important. Lilia aspires to be like...
  • Denise Hershberger
    Jan 20, 2018
    fantastic book! I loved the suffragette heroine and I loved Paul. it wasn't my typical genre to read but I'm so glad I ventured to read a historical. the setting was so well done. fabulous descriptions and great historical depth of such an important time! ...
  • Amanda Skenandore
    Feb 20, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, set in early twentieth century England, both for its historical scope and its endearing characters. It was fascinating to learn about the plight of suffragists, as seen through the eyes of a rising member of the movement. Though I?m not particularly d...
  • Ashley
    Oct 26, 2017
    I received a free e-copy of Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood is a one of a kind book. It will stay with me and become one of the books I read over and over again. It?s not because of the ro...
  • Courtney Clark
    Jan 22, 2018
    When authors I love endorse or excessively talk about stories they love, I try to pay attention ? even if a story is outside my ?normal? reading scope (i.e. new authors, small publishers, different genres). When author Rachel McMillan gushed over Impossible Saints by Clarissa Har...
  • Leslie Manning
    May 25, 2018
    It is hard to believe that this novel is a debut. The author, Clarissa Harwood, certainly writes like someone who has not only done years of homework, but one who writes for a living. I did see on the back cover that she holds a PhD in English Lit with a focus on Brit Lit, and so it wo...
  • Lauren Sapala
    Jan 26, 2018
    I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN. I?m a big fan of historical fiction, and only a moderate fan of romance, but Harwood?s story pulled me on both fronts, and fast. I was actually surprised at myself because I became so invested in the two main characters?Lilia and Paul?ad...
  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    Apr 14, 2018
    Nowadays the issue of women's rights has become again important, which makes us look in the past in the history of the movements that allowed women today to have more choices and more rights. One of the best results of this trend is the amazing British film Suffragette, which portrays ...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    Dec 02, 2017
    *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review *** Learn how a true suffragette balances life and love in Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood. Meet and fall in love with the kindness and strength of Ms. Lilia Brooke. Lilia Brooke is the only child to the local headmaster. ...
  • Melissa
    Dec 30, 2017
    Clarissa Harwood's debut novel, Impossible Saints, tells the story of Lilia Brooke, an English school teacher and staunch supporter of the suffragette movement, and Paul Harris, an Anglican canon looking to further advance his career in the church. After moving to London, Lilia and Pau...
  • Amy
    Oct 02, 2017
    3.5 stars! This was a solid debut novel that fans of unique historical romance will enjoy. I wanted to read this book because it's set in the early 20th Century (my favorite!), and the author's great attention to historical detail really brought the story to life. Paul and Lilia made f...
  • Genna
    Nov 19, 2017
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Okay, jeez, finally reviewing this. Bored and unsatisfied with her life as a schoolmistress, Lilia exchanges the tedious doldrums of her rural village existence for one of drama and danger with the suffrage mo...
  • Ariel
    Mar 26, 2018
    This book is not the best. I almost didn't finish it. I liked different elements of it. The suffragette story is interesting; I enjoy historical fiction. The love story between Paul and Lilia is also interesting, although as a counterpoint to the suffragette story, it seemed annoying a...
  • Tamara
    Apr 14, 2018
    Paul and Lilia couldn't be more opposite of each other, but somehow they manage to form a friendship and it, in turn, sparks an attraction that neither are expecting. In the beginning, to the middle, I found this a struggle to keep reading because I was squarely on Paul's side of thing...
  • Sarah
    Dec 04, 2017
    I was drawn to this novel mainly due to the subject matter. The suffragette movement strikes a chord with me and I'm sure many women and seemed especially relevant to today's recent events. I did not know much about the movement in England, so from a historical point of view I found it...
  • Jennifer Klepper
    Nov 28, 2017
    There are two things I love to get from historical fiction, especially when I am thinking about whether it's a good book club book. First, does it teach me something I didn't know and make me want to learn even more? Second, does it lend itself to spirited discussion and debate? IMPOSS...
  • Dianne Freeman
    Oct 04, 2017
    There's something magical about reading a book where the main characters are so well-drawn they transcend the page and pull you into their story. Paul and Lilia are two such characters. Their relationship does seem impossible (Paul is an Anglican priest and Lilia a suffragette) and the...
  • Randee Green
    Dec 13, 2017
    Thanks to NetGalley for the free e-copy. IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS is a delightful, thought-provoking, well-written debut novel. The novel stars Lilia and Paul, and the plot follows their complicated love story and tells it from both of their perspectives. Alternating chapters/scenes betwee...
  • Liz Mc2
    May 13, 2018
    I really enjoyed this historical novel, especially because it takes up themes that are central to the fiction of the time it?s set in, such as how women can reconcile their ambition with the still quite limited possibilities of their lives, and whether marriage can be remade as a mor...