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Patience is a kindhearted country girl, eking out a living in Edwardian England as tremors of social change rock the world around her. When she starts her employment in formal service on the grounds of an opulent country manor, she has no idea that her own personal revolution is about to begin. Selfless, dutiful, and just a touch naive, she takes to both her place as a par Patience is a kindhearted country girl, eking out a living in Edwardian England as tremors of social change rock the world around her. When she starts her employment in formal service on the grounds of an opulent country manor, she has no idea that her own personal revolution is about to begin. Selfless, dutiful, and just a touch naive, she takes to both her place as a parlor maid and to her new roommate, the bookish and progressive lady’s maid, Esther. In another time, the two women would have kept one another’s company forever in their little attic bedroom, living out their days in the employ of a Lord. But it’s now the dawn of a new age. The expanding empire has brought with it not only plundered wealth, but worldliness and new ideas. Suffragists agitate in the street, idle-rich bohemians challenge sexual mores, and Patience and Esther slowly come to realize the world is wider and full of more adventure and opportunity than they ever imagined . . . so long as they find the will to seize it. Sensual, sweet, and beautifully illustrated, PATIENCE & ESTHER is a steamy period romance and an inspirational erotic journey across the epic sweep of history, from the end of a gilded age to the start of an uncharted future.


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Patience is a kindhearted country girl, eking out a living in Edwardian England as tremors of social change rock the world around her. When she starts her employment in formal service on the grounds of an opulent country manor, she has no idea that her own personal revolution is about to begin. Selfless, dutiful, and just a touch naive, she takes to both her place as a par Patience is a kindhearted country girl, eking out a living in Edwardian England as tremors of social change rock the world around her. When she starts her employment in formal service on the grounds of an opulent country manor, she has no idea that her own personal revolution is about to begin. Selfless, dutiful, and just a touch naive, she takes to both her place as a parlor maid and to her new roommate, the bookish and progressive lady’s maid, Esther. In another time, the two women would have kept one another’s company forever in their little attic bedroom, living out their days in the employ of a Lord. But it’s now the dawn of a new age. The expanding empire has brought with it not only plundered wealth, but worldliness and new ideas. Suffragists agitate in the street, idle-rich bohemians challenge sexual mores, and Patience and Esther slowly come to realize the world is wider and full of more adventure and opportunity than they ever imagined . . . so long as they find the will to seize it. Sensual, sweet, and beautifully illustrated, PATIENCE & ESTHER is a steamy period romance and an inspirational erotic journey across the epic sweep of history, from the end of a gilded age to the start of an uncharted future.

30 review for Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars ⭐ Release date: January 26 This book is out now! When I saw this book on Edelweiss+, I was immediately captivated by the beautiful cover and the fact that it's a F/F romance novel. I've made it an unofficial goal of mine to read more books featuring wlw relationships since I am so quick to complain that virtually all the ones I've read felt contrived and bland, so I decided to give t Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eArc via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars ⭐ Release date: January 26 This book is out now! When I saw this book on Edelweiss+, I was immediately captivated by the beautiful cover and the fact that it's a F/F romance novel. I've made it an unofficial goal of mine to read more books featuring wlw relationships since I am so quick to complain that virtually all the ones I've read felt contrived and bland, so I decided to give this graphic novel as chance. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ Patience is a kind-hearted young woman who finds employment as a maid in an opulent country manor. There she meets Esther, who is also a maid, and with whom she shares a bedroom with. A romance blooms between these two women as they spend more and more time together and find comfort in each other. ✦ ✧ ✦ ✧ I wish I had more to say about this book than what I do, but it was just average. The romance between Patience and Esther is certainly cute, but I think it lacks angst. It might sound like a silly critique, but for me, they get a long a bit too well, you know? They never argue and their relationship seems too picture-perfect. Also, although there are a few steamy scenes, I was expecting more? I feel like this sounds bad, but from the way this graphic novel is advertised, I thought they would be a bit... longer. I had a problem with the pacing too. I barely realised the time jump and was very confused for a reasonable number of pages. The additional pages at the end with Patience and Esther's story in the present time were a drag for me, unfortunately. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the art style and the fact that there's both fat and Indian representation. The characters defiinitely have some qualities, like being hard-working and family-oriented. Additionally, the story takes place in the Edwardian era and suffragism is a theme touched on which I believe some readers would enjoy. Overall, this is not the greatest book, but I can see it appealing to many people and I would recommend it if it sounds like your cup of tea.

  2. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Fluffy Edwardian England + wlw + servants/roommates in an aristocratic household + body-positive + Indian MC + background queer and BIPOC rep + on-page sex scenes. Very soft and erotic and fluffy. I would like a million queer historical graphic novels, please. The romance is cute but the best part is how “progressive” Cordelia claims to be wrt suffragette policies while acting obnoxious/racist. A perfect personification of white feminism. I did not real 2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Fluffy Edwardian England + wlw + servants/roommates in an aristocratic household + body-positive + Indian MC + background queer and BIPOC rep + on-page sex scenes. Very soft and erotic and fluffy. I would like a million queer historical graphic novels, please. The romance is cute but the best part is how “progressive” Cordelia claims to be wrt suffragette policies while acting obnoxious/racist. A perfect personification of white feminism. I did not realize this had Indian rep until I started reading. The rep seemed mostly okay, but I am definitely not an expert or final authority on anything. Some notes: - I’m a bit confused by aristocratic titles. They keep calling their boss/unmarried woman “Lady Blythe” (her first name is Cordelia) and... why?! And then Cordelia mentions an aunt of hers also called Lady Blythe. I am deeply confused. I know there are some Scottish titles where an unmarried woman can inherit a title, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. There’s probably a good explanation for this and I’m just ignorant. Still. It was weird. - At first I was unimpressed by the Indian MC’s name being Esther, but there is a legit explanation that quelled my annoyance. - Some spellings took me aback, but “saree instead of sari” and “suttee instead of sati” are okay, especially in the latter case. Even if it’s fallen out of use today, suttee was the popular spelling in early 20th century UK. - There’s a brief mention of partition and at first I was like “WTF, why would they talk about partition in Edwardian England?” Then I realized they probably meant the Partition of Bengal in 1905. The comic should’ve been more clear, imo. - Overall the rep seems fine, but it’s possible I missed something or just don’t know enough about X (historical fact, language, sari artwork details, etc) to realize it’s wrong. Nothing seems egregiously offensive, in any case. I appreciate that while there are racist microaggressions, bigotry and homophobia aren’t plot points. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    E.

    ★★★,5☆ | Cute, diverse historical romance 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 f/f 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 desi & fat rep 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 Edwardian 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 includes smut It was a sweet Edwardian f/f romance. It’s body-posi, has Indian rep, mentions the suffrage movement, the class disproportions AND is sex-positive. The Main Couple isn’t the only queer characters either — throughout the story it is shown that queer people existed and had means of finding each other. The story was more of the progress of the couple’s daily lives than some bigger plot b ★★★,5☆ | Cute, diverse historical romance 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 f/f 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 desi & fat rep 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 Edwardian 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 includes smut It was a sweet Edwardian f/f romance. It’s body-posi, has Indian rep, mentions the suffrage movement, the class disproportions AND is sex-positive. The Main Couple isn’t the only queer characters either — throughout the story it is shown that queer people existed and had means of finding each other. The story was more of the progress of the couple’s daily lives than some bigger plot but it was still enjoyable and it clearly was well-researched. Also, I liked that it was finished off with a small Modern Times AU chapter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    You know how you always want the two women in period dramas to kiss? You don't? Well, many lesbians do, and this fulfills that desire. Patience and Esther are two house servants in an Edwardian house, where they get to know each other quite well. This fantastically researched story gives us glimpses of the life of the upper class in the country as well as in London, with a lot of sex, to be sure. I love these two women, and how they come into their own, and move beyond being servants to having th You know how you always want the two women in period dramas to kiss? You don't? Well, many lesbians do, and this fulfills that desire. Patience and Esther are two house servants in an Edwardian house, where they get to know each other quite well. This fantastically researched story gives us glimpses of the life of the upper class in the country as well as in London, with a lot of sex, to be sure. I love these two women, and how they come into their own, and move beyond being servants to having their own lives, on their own terms.' Light nudity, and lesbian as well as straight sex, though not explicit, it probably is not really for younger kids. Thanks to Edelweiss for making this book available for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A fairy-tale early-1900s LGBTQ+ love story that is erotic, sweet, and moving. Thick and dense, the slow build as we get to know the characters intimately pays off well in the end. I've never watched Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs, but this reminds me of one of my favorite manga series, Emma by Kaoru Mori, but with the addition of a whole hell of a lot of very explicit sex scenes. What a terrific read for Valentine's Day (and entirely random since I just take whatever is on the left side of A fairy-tale early-1900s LGBTQ+ love story that is erotic, sweet, and moving. Thick and dense, the slow build as we get to know the characters intimately pays off well in the end. I've never watched Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs, but this reminds me of one of my favorite manga series, Emma by Kaoru Mori, but with the addition of a whole hell of a lot of very explicit sex scenes. What a terrific read for Valentine's Day (and entirely random since I just take whatever is on the left side of my shelf of library books).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    Sexy and tender by turns, this comic tells the story of two women who meet as servants in an Edwardian English manor house, and quickly develop feelings for each other. Their young relationship is endangered when one of them is offered a different position in London. They have a dream of living together and opening up a shop. That dream seems impossible until several gifts and mentors offer them aid. The book's epilogue shows an alternate universe in which the couple live together in the present Sexy and tender by turns, this comic tells the story of two women who meet as servants in an Edwardian English manor house, and quickly develop feelings for each other. Their young relationship is endangered when one of them is offered a different position in London. They have a dream of living together and opening up a shop. That dream seems impossible until several gifts and mentors offer them aid. The book's epilogue shows an alternate universe in which the couple live together in the present day- a very sweet note at the closing of an already endearing story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Livia Zapata

    lesbians??? being happy????? thank u so much this was such a fun, cute read. i would 100% read an entire novel just about bev. Thank you to Edelweiss for the review copy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was really good and really sweet, it would get five stars but the ending was a bit abrupt.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ It would be hard not to like Patience & Esther: we have a sweet romance and plenty of social commentary, all told through very clean illustration work. It is a sweet story with two good people at the heart and their problems and travails having to do with the era rather than fabricated drama. The book is graphic (the author/illustrator is mostly known for her erotica) but it isn't the focus and the story isn't an excu More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ It would be hard not to like Patience & Esther: we have a sweet romance and plenty of social commentary, all told through very clean illustration work. It is a sweet story with two good people at the heart and their problems and travails having to do with the era rather than fabricated drama. The book is graphic (the author/illustrator is mostly known for her erotica) but it isn't the focus and the story isn't an excuse to introduce lurid elements. Nor do they ever overshadow the story. Story: Young Patience comes from a large family and needs to send them money from her new endeavor as a maid. Even on her first day, she feels like she is failing and will get sacked. But ladies maid Esther takes her on and helps her learn all she needs to do for the Honeycutt estate. As the two women grow close, they find they are at the whims of society and the Honeycutts and fate keeps trying to separate them. But together and with the help of others, they will navigate late Edwardian society. Later, in modern time, Esther and Patience navigate the commitments of work and how it affects their relationship. For such a simple story, there are multiple themes explored. From gender issues (suffragists, suffragettes, marriage inequality, the 'love that dare not speak its name'), to body issues (Patience worried about not having a slim figure), Disorders (such as eating disorders), race (Esther is from India and is half Indian herself, how Indians were treated), social issues (class inequality, the high right of infant mortality) to sexual identity (whether lesbian, gay, or non-aligned). All subjects are treated with an open eye in two eras (modern and late-Edwardian) and notes are given at the end of the book for further explanation. Illustration wise, the book is lovely. The drawings are very clean and easy to follow. There are added touches as well - such as stretch marks on Patience's stomach - that give the book a bit more authenticity than one would expect. The coloring is similarly simple but clean, allowing the focus to always be fully on our main characters and the topics at hand. In all, a sweet story with a lot to say. Don't be worried about the erotica aspects - everything is tastefully drawn and there to showcase the love story that is developing. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    CW: eating disorders This was so sweet. Though historical and not going against the mores of the time, there's no hate in here, because they're careful and in a safe space. The drawings are graphic, so be aware of that, but I loved how open and honest this book is. And Patience is fat with stretch marks, and Esther is so into her, and I love it. There's also diversity, though I can't personally comment on how well it's done. What I can say is there's definitely shade at white saviorism. The one th CW: eating disorders This was so sweet. Though historical and not going against the mores of the time, there's no hate in here, because they're careful and in a safe space. The drawings are graphic, so be aware of that, but I loved how open and honest this book is. And Patience is fat with stretch marks, and Esther is so into her, and I love it. There's also diversity, though I can't personally comment on how well it's done. What I can say is there's definitely shade at white saviorism. The one thing I didn't like was the epilogue, which is like a modern au ten years after they got together or maybe it's that the main story was Patience imagining living in the past because of a show they were watching? I don't get it, and I also don't like that their relationship felt different. I wish the epilogue had still been historical, but that could just be me. I received this book for free from Iron Circus via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This comic is beautiful in many ways from the romance that starts to bloom between the ladies and the drawing that show the sensuality and perfection of their moments alone. Reading this comic and not having a 'bad ending' as per se (that is common in this style and the period that it happens) was a breath of fresh air. All the characters are really interesting and can have an amazing way of thing an The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This comic is beautiful in many ways from the romance that starts to bloom between the ladies and the drawing that show the sensuality and perfection of their moments alone. Reading this comic and not having a 'bad ending' as per se (that is common in this style and the period that it happens) was a breath of fresh air. All the characters are really interesting and can have an amazing way of thing and interacting with their time. The reading is really fast because you can't stop reading and need to know more about the relationship between Prudence and Ester. The bonus chapter was interesting for being set in the present time and the way they navigate their relationship in this scenario.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    Beautiful, elegant illustrations and impressive historical research — but I think just too fluffy and light for me. This is surely someone else’s desperately-desired comfort read, but its visions of domesticity, the “beats” the story feels the need to hit... they just aren’t what speak to me or what I crave; the story skipped entirely past the events I personally most wanted to see. I did really like the inclusion of poetry from contemporary poets, and the attention to detail in the spaces and c Beautiful, elegant illustrations and impressive historical research — but I think just too fluffy and light for me. This is surely someone else’s desperately-desired comfort read, but its visions of domesticity, the “beats” the story feels the need to hit... they just aren’t what speak to me or what I crave; the story skipped entirely past the events I personally most wanted to see. I did really like the inclusion of poetry from contemporary poets, and the attention to detail in the spaces and clothes. It’s well done and the people it’s “for” will probably love it. But I wish it had involved more complexity with its sweetness.

  13. 4 out of 5

    T.

    This lesbian Edwardian Drama is exactly what we need. Quiet and happy and full of supportive friends.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was sweet and fluffy and lovely with delightful art. The time jump was confusing and I was disoriented for a while when five years suddenly passed without me realizing. And there was no tension or conflict at all between Patience & Esther, which is not my romance jam at all (bring on the angst), but if you enjoy angst-free romance, this is a delight. And those are just minor complaints that have to do with me as a reader. I still loved this, inhaled it in a day.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    Sweet period romance with satisfyingly erotic (explicit) moments throughout. I like that the author took pains to present a realistic relationship, and to celebrate that connection rather than taking on large conflicts. I am hoping for a continuation of the story, when we see Esther's family come to town. Lovely. advanced readers copy provided by edelweiss Sweet period romance with satisfyingly erotic (explicit) moments throughout. I like that the author took pains to present a realistic relationship, and to celebrate that connection rather than taking on large conflicts. I am hoping for a continuation of the story, when we see Esther's family come to town. Lovely. advanced readers copy provided by edelweiss

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ambrosia Blasier-McCollum

    Be still my lesbian heart! This is such a lovely story, and beautifully told. The illustrations are sexy without crossing the line into vulgar. The characters are wonderfully diverse, spanning a variety of body types, ethnicities, ages, and genders. Patience & Esther tells a story that is both new and deeply familiar to the lesbian experience. I highly recommend this emotional and sensual book to any woman-loving-woman. I received an advance review copy for free, and am leaving this review volunt Be still my lesbian heart! This is such a lovely story, and beautifully told. The illustrations are sexy without crossing the line into vulgar. The characters are wonderfully diverse, spanning a variety of body types, ethnicities, ages, and genders. Patience & Esther tells a story that is both new and deeply familiar to the lesbian experience. I highly recommend this emotional and sensual book to any woman-loving-woman. I received an advance review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diedra Drake

    I decided to read Patience and Esther because it was such an outlier in terms of characterization. A BIPOC, size-positive, LGBTQIA+, below-stairs love story set in historical England. Patience has a sweet, innocent, country-girl personality when she arrives at the big estate with her fresh Scottish accent. We quickly learn that her nervousness isn't fleeting, it's just part of who she is as a people pleaser. She has some body confidence issues, but they aren't extreme or constant, while her meek I decided to read Patience and Esther because it was such an outlier in terms of characterization. A BIPOC, size-positive, LGBTQIA+, below-stairs love story set in historical England. Patience has a sweet, innocent, country-girl personality when she arrives at the big estate with her fresh Scottish accent. We quickly learn that her nervousness isn't fleeting, it's just part of who she is as a people pleaser. She has some body confidence issues, but they aren't extreme or constant, while her meekness in general and overall confidence is more of an issue that interferes with her ability to get her work done. Esther is a more experience employee at the estate, who is part Indian and currently working for the lady of the house. She is a hard-worker and outwardly confident, but often finds herself in need of some very introvert-like time to recharge in silence. She also experiences some discomfort from the underlying way she's treated socially by her employers as a token Indian, almost like a decoration. It did also call itself 'erotic' but I didn't think much was going to come from the 'erotic' word because the cover looks so cutesy. While I still wouldn't call it 'erotic' - I would say it contains visually explicit scenes. And plenty of them - a first for me, I've never read a graphic novel with them. Honestly, I've read some seriously descriptive, smutty books - and this somehow felt more explicit because of the illustrative nature of it. I was describing the experience of seeing sex scenes in this book to someone and I said that it was odd, how much more graphic the sex scenes seemed in graphic novel form. To which they laughed and teased me for being shocked that things in graphic form could be more graphic. Is it a bit silly that it was surprising? Probably entirely silly, but it's also what my honest reaction was. And I felt like a lot of them were unnecessary - and without them this book could've been easily expandable to audiences that read YA or even middle-grade. Still, I'm certainly not going to ding the book a star on that, because I've read FAR more explicit books in the regular historical romance section. Moving on to the period setting. I somehow made a mistake here. I don't know why, but in my head I kept reading the title that said Edwardian, but thinking much further in the past. Took me a while to get my head on straight about the fact that we were only about a hundred years from modern day - the characters start in 1910. Going into the story, I felt the flow was good and the characterization stayed consistent. The characters are likable, but I did feel that the medium may have affected how I processed the time jumps. I know at one point they were saying that Patience had been there for months, and I was like... really? It still felt like maybe only a week had passed. On that note, I don't think it's a spoiler of any kind to mention that there's a modern-day storyline that appears at the end of the book. It contains the same two love interests in a modern-day relationship. I had the feeling the author was trying to say that the whole historical love story was connected to a show they were watching on television, but it also seemed unclear enough to state that for certain. I could have really done without the modern bit, which felt like an afterthought. I also didn't like them as a modern couple nearly as much as I liked them together in the past. Overall, I enjoyed the story, and I appreciated the representation in it. Most of the 'issues' I had with period accuracy went away when I realized I was expecting the wrong time period.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)

    A huge thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! This was so good! It truly builds up their relationship, and goes way beyond what I had expected! I truly cannot find a single thing to talk about that I didn't like. This was beautiful, inspiring, empowering, full of hope and love. It didn't shy away from heavy topics, and I personally really loved the body positivity that's in there, what with me looking like Patience. I loved the in A huge thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! This was so good! It truly builds up their relationship, and goes way beyond what I had expected! I truly cannot find a single thing to talk about that I didn't like. This was beautiful, inspiring, empowering, full of hope and love. It didn't shy away from heavy topics, and I personally really loved the body positivity that's in there, what with me looking like Patience. I loved the insecurities, the reassurance, the acceptance. I was almost halfway into this book when I mentioned to friends that I loved that it hadn't gotten very graphic yet. Not because I'm against it (I love it), but because I love when it's sensual and hinted at as well. Of course the next page was very graphic, and the sex kept being graphic from then on. I kinda feel like that was intentional, part of the build up, and I truly loved it! After the end of the story (and isn't the final little bit just great?? I laughed out loud, haha!) there is a little short about Patience and Esther if they lived in modern days. It was just as good, but almost saddening, which I thought was a great way of showing that even if you can be open about all of this now, it doesn't mean your life or relationship is gonna automatically be perfect, or better than it could have been a century ago. They worked through it, though, and the ending had me smiling like an idiot! I just love these two girls so much! (and the little bit about having the characters (not) kiss on TV was so spot on!) Now of course this story is simplified, and doesn't show the proper hardships of such a relationship, then, but the author actually mentions that in the notes at the back. I wholeheartedly approve of her choice to show us a story like this for a change, because as she says, we've read enough stories about suffering queer people. Those notes, I might add, were lovely little insights to the story, the history, and the choices made. Absolutely loved them, and I actually learned some things, which I always greatly appreciate! Would wholeheartedly recommend!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Erotic, Edwardian, lesbian, bi-racial graphic novel about two maids who fall in love while working in a country house. Patience is a somewhat naive Scot who is just entering service to help out her family. She is a sweet character and is actually represented as a woman who isn't a perfectly shaped woman, she's a bit heavyset which is nice to have represented. Esther is an Indian woman who has been working in England as a maid for a few years and is the one to show Patience the ropes. The two are Erotic, Edwardian, lesbian, bi-racial graphic novel about two maids who fall in love while working in a country house. Patience is a somewhat naive Scot who is just entering service to help out her family. She is a sweet character and is actually represented as a woman who isn't a perfectly shaped woman, she's a bit heavyset which is nice to have represented. Esther is an Indian woman who has been working in England as a maid for a few years and is the one to show Patience the ropes. The two are attracted to each other and fall for each other. The comic takes place over about 10 years and moves from the country house to London, where they meet an interesting counter culture of modern thinkers (who I'd love to read more of). As a bonus, you get a modern day story of Patience and Esther as well. The erotic parts of the novel aren't too heavy handed and the story is sweet and lovely and I really enjoyed it. I received a free e-copy from Edelweiss.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hari Conner

    For me the nuance of the characters’ interactions with the world and the way their backgrounds impacted them were real strengths, maybe more so than the beats of the romance itself. The sweet relationship and storytelling style was not my thing personally, but refreshing in a historical queer story that felt so grounded in research. Further into the book, the wider world felt very real in a way that imo lot of period dramas don’t always manage. Sub-plots emotively sketched out feminist communitie For me the nuance of the characters’ interactions with the world and the way their backgrounds impacted them were real strengths, maybe more so than the beats of the romance itself. The sweet relationship and storytelling style was not my thing personally, but refreshing in a historical queer story that felt so grounded in research. Further into the book, the wider world felt very real in a way that imo lot of period dramas don’t always manage. Sub-plots emotively sketched out feminist communities, queer networks and explored the treatment of immigrants and working women at the time in a quiet, personal way I wasn’t expecting and liked a lot. Overall I found the historical parts of the plot especially interesting, well-written and thoughtful about the intersection of identities in a way I wish I got to see more often in historical stories in all media. And I loved the notes at the end going into more detail, especially on the references I didn’t catch!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Iron Circus Comics via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I LOVED this book! It's basically Downton Abbey BUT sapphic! This is the first exotic Edwardian sapphic romance graphic novel that I have read. It is explicit erotica, so there is plenty of nudity. The story starts in 1910. Like I said, it has those Downton Abbey Downstairs vibes while also featuring characters of color and q *I received this book as an eARC from Iron Circus Comics via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I LOVED this book! It's basically Downton Abbey BUT sapphic! This is the first exotic Edwardian sapphic romance graphic novel that I have read. It is explicit erotica, so there is plenty of nudity. The story starts in 1910. Like I said, it has those Downton Abbey Downstairs vibes while also featuring characters of color and queer characters. Two women find each other and find a way to stay together through many different hardships. They find happiness. There's also a Coffee Shop AU story at the end! This is such a great romance story. I give this book a 5/5. If you like sapphic erotica and period drama, you will enjoy this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sapph X

    ARC received via Edelweiss. Opinions my own. This sapphic erotic historical graphic novel is the book I didn't know I needed. It's easily made my list of favorite graphic novels of all time. The main characters are fully realized, the environment well researched, the cast diverse, and the art beautiful. I was engrossed in their romance as well as the plot outside of it. One of the main points of this book for me was how it didn't shy away from real conversations. Patience's questioning Esther's a ARC received via Edelweiss. Opinions my own. This sapphic erotic historical graphic novel is the book I didn't know I needed. It's easily made my list of favorite graphic novels of all time. The main characters are fully realized, the environment well researched, the cast diverse, and the art beautiful. I was engrossed in their romance as well as the plot outside of it. One of the main points of this book for me was how it didn't shy away from real conversations. Patience's questioning Esther's attraction due to body size difference, the class divide between their employers and themselves, feeling displaced as a woman of color in Britain. My favorite type of book is intersectional and this had that as well as some sensually depicted sapphic sex.

  23. 5 out of 5

    sam

    The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I've seen this graphic novel floating around for awhile and I finally had a chance to read it!! When I say, I cried...I CRIED. It was by far one of the cutest graphic novels I've ever read. And it dealt with other issues like racism, and classism (I think that's the word), etc. AND there was a nonbinary character (at least I think they were. They were not cis. They say what their pronouns a The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I've seen this graphic novel floating around for awhile and I finally had a chance to read it!! When I say, I cried...I CRIED. It was by far one of the cutest graphic novels I've ever read. And it dealt with other issues like racism, and classism (I think that's the word), etc. AND there was a nonbinary character (at least I think they were. They were not cis. They say what their pronouns are only that "I'm neither a woman or a man") That character was by far my favorite and I can't wait to get a copy of this :') ALSO big ps for major smut lol. There is a lot of sex in this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    ARC via Edelweiss. Unexpectedly spicy! I liked this graphic novel but I thought it was going to be explicitly about the women's suffrage movement in England, while it was more of a background theme. I did like that the story properly explored how racist/classist a lot of the suffragettes were. Overall a sweet and quite explicit romance! I'm going to be honest, I don't know that the modern AU "extra" at the end added all that much, and I would have rather had the page count dedicated to Patience ARC via Edelweiss. Unexpectedly spicy! I liked this graphic novel but I thought it was going to be explicitly about the women's suffrage movement in England, while it was more of a background theme. I did like that the story properly explored how racist/classist a lot of the suffragettes were. Overall a sweet and quite explicit romance! I'm going to be honest, I don't know that the modern AU "extra" at the end added all that much, and I would have rather had the page count dedicated to Patience and Esther's married life in the Edwardian era instead, but it was fun to see the characters in modern-day clothes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    paula (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

    Arc got via Edelweiss, thank you so much Edelweiss. This is one the best graphic novels i have ever read. Its a story of 2 girls in the 1900's and how their relashionship progresses. We got a sapphic couple formed by a desi girl and a BBW. So we got poc and fat representation really well done. Besides the two main characters there are more characters who are queer. There are mentions to the suffragists and i loved it. Moreover, is sex positive. This is an incredible graphic novel about feminism and Arc got via Edelweiss, thank you so much Edelweiss. This is one the best graphic novels i have ever read. Its a story of 2 girls in the 1900's and how their relashionship progresses. We got a sapphic couple formed by a desi girl and a BBW. So we got poc and fat representation really well done. Besides the two main characters there are more characters who are queer. There are mentions to the suffragists and i loved it. Moreover, is sex positive. This is an incredible graphic novel about feminism and the rights of Queer people.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I wasn't expecting this to be as errr... graphic (unintentional puns) as it was (though don't get me wrong, I loved it, I was just surprised, LOL). The story was lovely and beautiful and the historical bits were well researched and felt authentic. I did feel like the courtship was rushed a bit, but I'm not sure there would be another way to get there in a graphic novel. But gosh it was charming and sexy and a great read. I wasn't expecting this to be as errr... graphic (unintentional puns) as it was (though don't get me wrong, I loved it, I was just surprised, LOL). The story was lovely and beautiful and the historical bits were well researched and felt authentic. I did feel like the courtship was rushed a bit, but I'm not sure there would be another way to get there in a graphic novel. But gosh it was charming and sexy and a great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luiza Helena Vieira

    *ARC received through Edelweiss+ in exchange of an honest opinion* What a lovely and cute story! I loved Patience's sweetness and Esther's serenity. Loved too to see about the suffragette movemente. And to see this pure and beautiful love makes me believe that I'll find something like that too *ARC received through Edelweiss+ in exchange of an honest opinion* What a lovely and cute story! I loved Patience's sweetness and Esther's serenity. Loved too to see about the suffragette movemente. And to see this pure and beautiful love makes me believe that I'll find something like that too

  28. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    This was a sweet and sexy f/f romance. I loved the body positivity in this novel, as well as the time period and references to the suffrage movement. The illustrations and the text complemented each other very well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    This storyline was wonderful. As a lover of lesbian romance stories, this story was one of my favorites. The cultural and social differences between the characters were accurate and one of the best parts of this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes LGBT graphic novels.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This is adorably sweet, steamy, and very beautifully drawn. I can't wait to get my physical copy (I backed the kickstarter for this), but I quite enjoyed both the main story and the modern 10 year anniversary story. This is adorably sweet, steamy, and very beautifully drawn. I can't wait to get my physical copy (I backed the kickstarter for this), but I quite enjoyed both the main story and the modern 10 year anniversary story.

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