On this day: Frenchwomen finally vote

After decades of campaigning, the women of France voted for the first time on the 29th of April, 1945, when municipal elections were held. Legislation for women’s suffrage had been passed in October the year before.

While late, France wasn’t the last European country to grant women the vote. Women’s suffrage came even later in Italy, Greece, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra and Switzerland. Liechtenstein was the last to adopt equal voting rights – only in 1984.

This image from May of 1935 is of French suffragette Louise Weiss demonstrating alongside women holding papers saying The Frenchwoman Must Vote.

Suffragettes in France demonstrate in May of 1935. French women didn't win the vote until the mid-1940s. Louise Weiss along with other suffragettes in 1935. The bold text on the newspape

Chasing Cassandra (Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas

Chasing Cassandra (Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas UK Aus Cover

Everything has a price . . .
Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything – or anyone – is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife – and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love – the one thing he can’t give.

Everything except her . . .
Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win.
When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra’s reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he’s been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants – or does he? There’s one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride:

Never underestimate a Ravenel.
The chase for Cassandra’s hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun . . .

Chasing Cassandra (Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas

This book was my top recommended read in this piece I wrote for romance.com.au a few weeks ago.

I read Chasing Cassandra when is came out in March, and then read it again (and again). Lisa Kleypas is an author whose books I really love, and she also writes stories set in the Victorian era (my favourite, and also the era my books are set). I love her mix of humour and drama and history, and this was a lovely finish to the series.

Up until now I wasn’t sure how the pairing of Cassandra Ravenel and Tom Severin was ever going to work. Tom, in particular, was such a complicated character, one who is ruthlessly ambitious to the point he’d stab his friends in the back and not understand why that was a bad thing to do.

In the end these two ended up being some of my favourite characters in the series—and one of my favourite pairings. I like that Kleypas chose to not have them constantly locking horns. The way their relationship developed was a surprise—a good one.

And then there’s Bazzle the little street urchin Tom accidentally adopts, starting him off unnecessarily sweeping his office. He was one of the best things about the book!
This has been a fun series. In a time when there’s such a push for historically ambiguous historical romances, Kleypas manages to keep her books entertaining while also taking us to Victorian Britain.