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Prospects of a Woman: A Novel by Wendy Voorsanger is the story of Elizabeth as she discovers the meaning of independence and what it means to be truly free. Elizabeth and her husband Nate travel from Massachusetts to California to find her father who has suddenly become rich. However, when they get there, her father refuses to accept them and leaves them alone. Hungry and poor, she and Nate have to work harder than they ever did to find sustenance and even live. However, when their marriage starts to fall apart, Elizabeth learns that there is more to being a woman than just a wife. She realizes she has rights and a future. She can become whoever she wants to be, become the master of her destiny and she does not need a man by her side to be happy.
Set in the time of the California gold rush, Elizabeth is a woman who goes through some tough times but makes it out alive with sheer determination and grit. Prospects of a Woman by Wendy Voorsanger is a complex and sometimes dark novel that shares the harsh realities of a time when the characters are just learning about themselves and their full potential. There is both beauty and innocence in the way Elizabeth blooms right in front of the reader’s eyes. She learns how she can be the hero of her own story by earning her money and by not following a pipe dream that may or may not be real. This novel is fascinating in its complexity; it is empowering and the author makes sure the reader gets a rush of excitement as they turn pages. This one deserves the prime spot on your bookshelf!