It takes place in England in the 1800s. This was a time of manners, everyone having a certain place (be it royal, servant, etc.), and a time when men and women had very clearly defined roles that one didn’t cross.
The main character is a writer which is something that in this story, women just didn’t do — well at least not ladies of any reputation. She writes anonymously and in secret.
I find it shocking that something I have loved doing for most of my life and have earned a living at would have to be done in secret. I can’t imagine living in a time when I wouldn’t have been able to do my vocation and a hobby that is so very important and vital to me. I have several friends who also write and are quite good at doing so.
The fact that this character (named Mariah) writes despite the times she lives in is quite inspiring. I found myself rooting for her as she figures out her way in life. The book is a very good one that kept my attention and was a fascinating look at a very different time.
Not being able to write is one thing, but there have been times in our history that people because of their gender, their race, their religion or who they chose to love have been restricted from normal living. Are these reasons truly ones to hate someone or to harm someone else? Or not let someone succeed or be successful in whatever their calling is? I don’t think so.
I can’t imagine disliking someone or restricting someone from anything for any of these reasons. It is beyond comprehension that Anne Frank and her family had to live as they did. Or that Rosa Parks lived at a time when she had to sit at the back of the bus.
I am in awe of the bravery that these two women had and what they had to put with in their lives. Despite everything that Anne Frank went through she still saw the good in people. Amazing and a true inspiration! These women and many others are ones to cheer for, appreciate, and learn from.
I wonder if we truly can learn from people who have suffered before us. And, I still wonder if we can appreciate the blessings that we have that others have fought for. I hope and pray that we can.