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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In A Matter of Identity by Susan Tuttle, with the sudden suicide of her father, Marina was left in a new country she didn’t know, with not much money on her person, and a rack of debt that the unstable man who raised her had acquired. Set in the 1860s, it’s a time when most women were cast out on the streets if they didn’t find a husband or benefactor. Luckily for Marina, she finds herself befriended by a shop keeper and his caring wife. This, in turn, leads to a meeting with a bookkeeper who hires her on for help, much to the dislike of the man who was supposed to care for her matters of business. Everything is slowly falling into place until an incident at a high society party creates a series of events that leave the character at her wits' end (literally).
When I saw that this book was based in the Victorian era, I knew I had to read it. What I didn’t expect was how much I found myself enjoying it and Marina’s character. I just finished this book and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s been such a long time since I could appreciate a female character. I love the feminist tones in this novel - how she doesn’t bend to the will of these various men who are trying to bully her this way and that, who try to claim she’s unstable. Believing in freedom and living her own life in an age where a woman was defined by the men in the family is so refreshing. When things seemed helpless, still she persisted. I gave this book five stars because it’s so well written and, quite frankly, I had problems putting it down. Such an amazing story!