Publication Date: June 17th 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
About the Book
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.
Women in The Edwardian Era, 1901 to World War One.
Social morays of the time: the British class system was still rigid, and it is seen as the last period of the ‘English country house’. It was also a time of change and more of an opportunity for upward mobility that ever before.
The women’s suffragette movement, and preparation for war was starting to shift the lines of classes, although they were still evident. Common professions of the working classes were governess, in service to the upper classes.
This was ‘The gilded age’ in America.
When Sherlock Holmes is forced to deal with his brilliant, headstrong, highly atypical, looking-like-Asperger’s daughter—London did not seem the correct fit for such a unique young lady.
Around 1910, some fortunate women attended universities. Arabella had only the finest tutors, and again, Holmes cashed in every chip to assure she expanded her knowledge in her chosen obsession..er…field.
This period has been made famous by the hugely popular, Downton Abbey. The differences between American and British in this time period is illustrated in the comparison between the dowager duchess and Cora’s mother from the states. In America, Arabella’s abnormalities and her refusal to follow societal norms would be better tolerated.
For fashion: it was the final period for corsets, and Gibson girl hair was the rage. It’s a fabulously fun period to write about—and I look forward to continuing my journey with Arabella and Henry as they work their way through life and love in the new world.