The Victorian West of Author Michelle Black

Lightning in a Drought Year

Lightning in a Drought YearA forbidden friendship turns to love amidst the social and economic turmoil that would lead to the Populist Uprising. As women seek political equality with men, an unlikely heroine steps forward to make history.

When her father's death forces Laurel McBryde to leave her beloved childhood home in the Flint Hills to live with the Hartmoors, a prosperous banking family, she feels like a lonely outcast among the prim and proper Victorians of Chisholm, Kansas.

Soon a growing attraction to radical politics and to Carey Fairchild, a tenant farmer on Hartmoor land, change Laurel's life forever.

"Black's earnest second novel explores Victorian Kansas through the experiences of a young proto-feminist and political activist" - Publishers Weekly.


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