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In my time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, the heroine, claiming a headache, retreats to her bedroom with a book.

Since the story is set in the early 1880s, what types of recent novels would have been available in that time period?

I checked with Goodreads for a list of books published in the 1870s and found some interesting reads:

Anna-Karenina-Penguin-ClassiAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy was published in 1877. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen was an 1879 publication.

Other reads of this period were The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, published in 1876; The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, published 1875; Daisy Miller by Henry James, 1878; The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, also 1878; and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott, published in 1874.

If you’d like to explore the literature of the 1870s check out this link. https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/1870s

Next snippet from second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750“Amanda,” she said, “I didn’t expect anyone to be home yet. I told Mrs. O’Leary not to start dinner until six, since your father and brother won’t be home until seven.”

“I’m not feeling well, Mother. I have a bit of a headache.” She held up the book she planned to read. “I’ll just read for a while, then go to sleep.”

Her stepmother strode forward and placed her palm on Amanda’s brow.

“Mother,” she protested, “I don’t have a fever, just a headache. I’ll be perfectly fine after a good night’s sleep.”

“Go ahead.” She waved her arm for Amanda to proceed up the stairs. “I’ll check on you after dinner and see if you’d like something to eat.”

“Thank you.” Amanda nodded.

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New peek at the second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Once inside, she gently closed the door in his face and leaned her back against it. Footsteps outside told her he’d left. She stepped to the window and peered through the gauze curtain, staying back, so he wouldn’t see her watching.

He descended the porch steps and eased out the front gate, looking back once. She ducked back, then took a quick peek. He strode down the road.

Amanda let out the breath she’d been holding and stepped to the kitchen. Despite her claim of a headache, what she really wanted was something in her stomach.

She found no one in the large room full of comforting cooking smells. Her father and brother were likely still at the bank, and Mrs. O’Leary hadn’t arrived to start dinner. She wasn’t sure where her stepmother was, likely out and about at this hour.

Amanda discovered a few biscuits left over from lunch or breakfast in a crock and stuffed them into her mouth. The snack would hold her for now. She really didn’t want to speak to either of her parents tonight. She’d take a book to her room and turn in early. Curiosity caused a sudden urge to find Randolph’s house in the morning before he had a chance to call on her.

The front door creaked open as she reached the stairs. Her stepmother stood at the threshold holding a sack. She smiled at Amanda as she set the bag down. Pulling out a hat pin, she removed her felt hat revealing her red-gold hair, so like Amanda’s own hair color.

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Since my time travel romance features a pair of women writers in the Victorian era, my research for Thoroughly Modern Amanda included women writers of the period, particularly in America.

Born on June 14, 1811, Harriet Beecher was the seventh child of a famous protestant preacher. She worked as a teacher alongside her sister Catharine. Her first published work was a geography book for children, but it was issued under her sister’s name in 1833.

Harriet married a widower, Calvin Stowe, in 1836. Her writing for local and religious periodicals helped to support her family. Her works later included biographical sketches, children’s books and novels for adults. She met Lady Byron, Oliver Wendell Holmes and George Eliot, and also corresponded with them.

She is predominantly known for the first of her novels, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852. The book had started as a serial for the Washington anti-slavery weekly, the National Era. The book was highly controversial with its focus on the issue of slavery.

For this book, Harriet had drawn on personal experience. She was familiar with slavery, the antislavery movement and the underground railroad. Just across the river where she lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, was Kentucky, a slave state.

She attained celebrity status after the publication of the book, and spoke against slavery in both America and Europe. She published a second antislavery novel in 1856. In 1862, she paid a visit to President Lincoln. He greeted her as “the little lady who made this big war.”

Her antislavery writing lessened the literary significance of her other writing. But by committing her works to realistic settings, and by her use of local dialect, Stowe influenced regionalist writers who came after her, including Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman.

For more on Harriet Beecher Stowe, visit these sites:

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/stowe/StoweHB.html

http://www.biography.com/people/harriet-beecher-stowe-9496479

New excerpt from the second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Amanda aspired to be just like her.

Randolph insisted on walking her home, but as they reached the door, she thanked him and said goodbye.

“But,” he protested, “I should see you inside at least.”

She patted his wool clad arm. “I just want to go right to bed. I think a good night’s sleep will help me get rid of my headache.”

He frowned. “If you insist. I would never force my way into your home…but—”

She grasped the knob and opened the door, stopping his protests with a smile. “I’ll be fine.”

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In my time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, the heroine, Amanda Montgomery, longs for more freedom than a middle-class young woman is allowed in 1881 America.

When she meets a handsome hero from the 21st century, she longs to learn a way she can travel forward in time with him to experience true freedom.

The nineteenth century was a tumultuous time for the establishment of women’s rights, as women fought for their freedom at the same time many men sought to hold them back.

In 1870, the 15th Amendment gave voting rights to all men, including blacks, but women were excluded.

In 1845, a female reporter, Margaret Fuller, wrote ‘Women in the Nineteenth Century’. She insisted that “individuals had unlimited capacities and that when people’s roles were defined according to their sex, human development was severely limited”.

During the 19th century, women in the United States both organized and participated in many types of reform movements. They sought to improve education, initiate prison reform and ban alcoholic drinks; and in the pre-Civil War period, rallied to free the slaves.

In this time period, a woman speaking before a mixed audience, was frowned upon. But abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke from South Carolina, spoke out against slavery in public meetings. A few of the male abolitionists, notably, William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and Frederick Douglass were supportive of women speaking and participating in antislavery activities.

Women compared their position with that of slaves. Women and slaves were supposed to remain “passive, cooperative and obedient to their master-husbands”. Many feminists were also abolitionists, including Stanton, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.

Dorothea Dix led a movement for prison reform in the mid 1800s. She also worked to provide mental-hospital care for the needy.

In July 1848 the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, N. Y. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote that “all men and women are created equal” and that “the history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman”.

Women abolitionists were disappointed after the Union victory in the Civil War. They’d hoped the fight for freedom for blacks would also help advance women’s rights. However, the 14th and 15th Amendments granted citizenship and suffrage to black men, but women, whatever their color, were excluded.

Women finally did win the right to vote, but it was long hard struggle. Although women in the western states of Wyoming Territory, Utah Territory, Colorado and Idaho all won the vote by 1896, but eastern states resisted granting that right. Also an amendment to the Federal Constitution granting woman suffrage, failed to pass by the end of the 19th century.

For more info on women’s rights, visit:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawstime.html

Next installment from second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750“I plan to speak to your father.” He lifted her hand and brushed his lips over her knuckles. Amanda’s breath quickened, but not with desire. She wanted to snatch her hand back, escape his office this minute.

“I’d like to show it to you tomorrow, if it’s all right,” he continued. “I’ll see you home then call on you before lunch.”

“I—I’m not sure how I’ll be feeling by morning.”

He patted her hand. “I’ll put in a few hours at the office then come to see how you’re doing.”

She nodded, although she had the urge to shout at him. Her father would be at the bank, though, so Randolph would have no chance to converse with him at least. He obviously wanted to ask Father for her hand.

All she wanted for now was to get home and crawl into bed. She didn’t want to speak to anyone, even her own family about her boss’s interest toward her. Although she knew her stepmother would be sympathetic to her plight, her father would likely deem this a fortuitous match for his daughter. But she wasn’t sure someone as old-fashioned as Randolph was what she wanted for a husband. She longed for a forward-thinking man like her father, who treated women as equals, not property. He’d always allowed her stepmother to speak her mind.

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