Synopses & Reviews
Emmeline Escot knows that she was born to ride in Serens cutthroat velocipede races. The only problem: Shes female in a world where women lead tightly laced lives. Emmeline watches her twin brother gain success as a professional racing jockey while her own life grows increasingly narrow. Ever more stifled by rules, corsets, and her upcoming marriage of convenience to a brusque stranger, Emmy rebelswith stunning consequences. Can her dream to race survive scandal, scrutiny, and heartbreak?
Cycle racing is the sport and pastime of the city of Seren and Emmeline Escot 18 has never wanted anything other than to race. As an upper class woman of Seren however she is supposed to lead a life so sheltered that it would be unthinkable for her even to attend the races as a spectator (which she does disguised as a boy). Street’s debut follows Emmeline into the unexpected freedom allowed her by a marriage of convenience as she schemes to find the time money and equipment to practice in secret. She is aided by her twin brother Gabriel an unprepossessing professional racer upon whom her family’s fortunes depend and whose distaste for his career is almost as great as his sister’s desire for it. The plot turns are predictable and the sometimes hard to follow descriptions of races may not enthrall readers to the same degree they do Emmeline. The characters are engaging though and the book’s social message regarding gender equality is laudable if unsubtle. Ages 13–up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Emily June Street
lives in Marin County, CA with a husband and two mutts. When not hanging upside down in her Pilates studio or madly editing a fantasy saga, she can be found cycling or swinging on a flying trapeze.