"This brief study should be enormously helpful to students seeking an introduction to feminist approaches to Victorian writers." -- Choice
"Mermin's fine book is a work of synthesis that moves across many genres of women's writing... and touches on neglected writers of the period... as well as on the canonized few." -- American Historical Review
"Godiva's Ride is a stimulating and enjoyable study of an exceptionally rich subject... " -- Victorian Periodicals Review
"Accessible, original, and gracefully written, Godiva's Ride is likely to be as engrossing for the general reader as for the expert." -- Victorian Studies
Describes the first great age of women's writing in England. Mermin discusses how women were encouraged to become writers, how they were discouraged and hindered, and what they wrote. The many women entering the mainstream of English literature in this era included the BrontÃ«s, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Margaret Oliphant, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Harriet Martineau.
Dianella Lee fights to conserve rare, tiny orchids on Australia's southern coast, one of the most biodiverse wildflower regions in the world. But her world of beauty and love is thrown into harsh relief when her family business is almost destroyed by her own mother.
Wade Hamilton has made it big in Silicon Valley, California in 3D computer images. He's about to make a huge, life–changing business deal and needs time out, not complications. But one glance at Dianella and her passion, and he succumbs to orchidmania.
Opposites attract, and orchids have their own magic, but when faced with distance, family drama and diverse priorities, what chance do a flower girl and a billionaire have?