Mad Miss Mimic shadows seventeen-year-old Leonora Somerville, a rich and stuttering heiress in late 1800's London. As she struggles with her stuttering, we discover that she goes on episodes of "Mimicking" others, usually when she is tense or under high amounts of pressure. Her affliction is so prevalent that her sister names her "Mad Miss Mimic" when they are young.
Unfortunately the name sticks, and her first season passes with many a bachelor kicking up his coat tails in a panic and fleeing. Things begin to change when a rich and respectable suitor begins to show interest. But when terror attacks and bombing start to happen all over London, will she be able to pull off a semblance of normalcy, or will Mimic peek her head out when she needs her least of all?
-Leo (Leonora) often describes things in grand ways, referring to herself and Mimic as different people. This was slightly off-putting-until you really think about the time this was happening. Many of the phrases or actions that were awkward to me as a reader were common then. The ways Leo and other secondary characters talked or acted was pretty accurate for the time the story was placed in.
-The plot line was intriguing. Opium, prostitutes, orphans, and a doctor that helps them all under the table? From the beginning it's all a little suspicious, but figuring out if Leonora and her sister have been involved somehow helps bait the hook, I couldn't stop reading.
-If you love Victorian Gothic story lines, and have a fondness for historical fiction, I would definitely recommend this book.
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