Book Review: Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood

It’s no secret I love a love story, especially in historical fiction, but I prefer it to be part of an engrossing story rather than the only plot line. IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS does a fantastic job of this!

Set in England in 1907, this lovely story follows Lilia, a free-spirited young woman who becomes involved in the women’s suffrage movement, and Paul, a family friend of Lilia’s who is rising in the ranks of the Church. When the two reconnect with each other years later they are attracted to each other, but realize that their very different goals and passions may make it impossible for them to be together.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story! I immediately connected with outspoken Lilia—no surprise there—but also found myself drawn to Paul and his love of God and his religion. Each is a richly-drawn character so the ups and downs of their love story feel realistic and understandable. I enjoyed learning about the women’s suffrage movement in England and also about the tension between High Church and Low Church practices.

Recommended for readers who love historical fiction with a realistic love story.

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