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In the Company of Like-Minded Women explores the complexities and bonds between sisters and family at the start of the 20th century when women struggled to determine their future and the “New Woman” demanded an equal voice. Three sisters are reunited in 1901 Denver following a family rift many years before. Each sister faces critical decisions regarding work and love as th In the Company of Like-Minded Women explores the complexities and bonds between sisters and family at the start of the 20th century when women struggled to determine their future and the “New Woman” demanded an equal voice. Three sisters are reunited in 1901 Denver following a family rift many years before. Each sister faces critical decisions regarding work and love as they are swept up in the movement for women’s rights.


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In the Company of Like-Minded Women explores the complexities and bonds between sisters and family at the start of the 20th century when women struggled to determine their future and the “New Woman” demanded an equal voice. Three sisters are reunited in 1901 Denver following a family rift many years before. Each sister faces critical decisions regarding work and love as th In the Company of Like-Minded Women explores the complexities and bonds between sisters and family at the start of the 20th century when women struggled to determine their future and the “New Woman” demanded an equal voice. Three sisters are reunited in 1901 Denver following a family rift many years before. Each sister faces critical decisions regarding work and love as they are swept up in the movement for women’s rights.

30 review for In the Company of Like-Minded Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    GNab In the Company of Like-Minded Women is an excellent glimpse into daily life in 1901 Colorado, the impact on households in the wake of the suffrage, temperance and voter rights for women movements. Add in the training for meaningful careers that women want to pursue, either to maintain a career alongside family life, or to eliminate marriage and family in the pursuit of that career, and you see that the western states were progressing toward equality very quickly. After all Wyoming was the f GNab In the Company of Like-Minded Women is an excellent glimpse into daily life in 1901 Colorado, the impact on households in the wake of the suffrage, temperance and voter rights for women movements. Add in the training for meaningful careers that women want to pursue, either to maintain a career alongside family life, or to eliminate marriage and family in the pursuit of that career, and you see that the western states were progressing toward equality very quickly. After all Wyoming was the first to allow women to vote, and Colorado ran a close second. Lida is a widow with two living children, 14 year old Sara Jane and 5 year old Cole. Lida has just obtained her certification as a Doctor from the Denver Homeopathy Medical College but finds it hard to establish herself in Denver. At that place and time there were over 400 doctors in the Denver area. Lida is able to obtain a position as physician for the catholic church in their refuge for needy women, House of the Good Shepherd, and their orphanage, the Mount Saint Vincent's Orphan Asylum. Both jobs are very time consuming and often heartbreaking, but Lida is able to keep her home and the children are feed, clothed and educated. Long estranged from her Lawrence, Kansas family, Lida is thrilled to know that her sisters Mildred (4 years older) and Eva (15 years younger), are coming to spend six weeks with her over the summer of 1901. Thank goodness their mother is staying in Kansas. But Mildred, once jolly and gay, is presenting as a strong imitation of their bitter, self-absorbed and manipulating mother. Lida really hopes that she can establish a relationship with her sisters over the summer, but the prognosis is not good.... I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Elaine Russell, and Independent Book Publishers Association in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. pub date Oct 14 2018 Independent Book Publishers Assn

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This historical fiction novel takes place in 1901 in Colorado. It's a book about women's rights - the right to vote, the right to go to college and get training for the job that they want and the right to make their own decisions. This book is full of interesting characters who will grab your interest from day 1. It has -Lida, a widow with two children who has been trained to be a doctor but meets discrimination everywhere from the college to her attempts to practice her profession. -Sarah Jane - This historical fiction novel takes place in 1901 in Colorado. It's a book about women's rights - the right to vote, the right to go to college and get training for the job that they want and the right to make their own decisions. This book is full of interesting characters who will grab your interest from day 1. It has -Lida, a widow with two children who has been trained to be a doctor but meets discrimination everywhere from the college to her attempts to practice her profession. -Sarah Jane - Lida's daughter, who at 14 is learning from her mother how to fight for what she wants out of life. -Eva - her sister from St Louis who has come to spend the summer and bonds with Sarah Jane. -Mildred - Lida's other sister, also visiting for the summer but a bitter woman who thinks that women should stay at home where they belong. Can the three totally different sisters become close again and realize the need to fight for the role of women in the new century? I loved this book. The author gave us a lot of information about the suffragette movement as well as the temperance movement as part of the story line. The women were very well written and are a good reflection of the women who fought for women's rights long before it was politically correct to do so. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin Dealey

    Elaine Nancy Russell's historical novel, set in Denver CO, is full of interesting women, finding their way--and independence--at the turn of the 20th century. I agree with KIRKUS: "...the most intriguing underlying plotline tracks Mildred’s halting transformation from grim, frumpy temperance advocate to a lively participant in Lida’s progressive circle of accomplished women." Hurray for Cole and Mildred! Elaine Nancy Russell's historical novel, set in Denver CO, is full of interesting women, finding their way--and independence--at the turn of the 20th century. I agree with KIRKUS: "...the most intriguing underlying plotline tracks Mildred’s halting transformation from grim, frumpy temperance advocate to a lively participant in Lida’s progressive circle of accomplished women." Hurray for Cole and Mildred!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Pantano

    Elaine Russell has pulled off an engaging historical novel. The storyline and characters pull you in immediately and the character evolution throughout the book is impressive. The historical review of the women who worked so hard for women’s and children’s rights in the early 1900’s is interspersed through the book in a realistic manner right down to the Unsinkable Molly Brown. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it cover-to-cover in 48 hours.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Romantic Intentions Quarterly

    Set in the midst of the suffragette movement in America, three generations of women learn to navigate shifting gender rules and expectations. It’s a story about defining oneself, challenging traditions and falling in love in the context of a dynamic political environment. Elaine Russell's "In the Company of Like-Minded Women" combines history, feminism and romance in a very readable, feel-good story. – Leza Bredenkamp This review appears in Romantic Intentions Quarterly #3 - October 2018 Set in the midst of the suffragette movement in America, three generations of women learn to navigate shifting gender rules and expectations. It’s a story about defining oneself, challenging traditions and falling in love in the context of a dynamic political environment. Elaine Russell's "In the Company of Like-Minded Women" combines history, feminism and romance in a very readable, feel-good story. – Leza Bredenkamp This review appears in Romantic Intentions Quarterly #3 - October 2018

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dianne McMahan

    A delightful.and light hearted novel.taking place in the early 1900's about a wonderful family with some very strong females. Dear mother has caused much grief for her three very like-minded daughters. Two.she has managed to keep close to her by alienating the other. After the two sisters take a trip to their alienated sisters home,who by the way had become a doctor,without anyone's help.The two sisters again become three against mother. Set against the beautiful.mtns. of the old West near Pike's P A delightful.and light hearted novel.taking place in the early 1900's about a wonderful family with some very strong females. Dear mother has caused much grief for her three very like-minded daughters. Two.she has managed to keep close to her by alienating the other. After the two sisters take a trip to their alienated sisters home,who by the way had become a doctor,without anyone's help.The two sisters again become three against mother. Set against the beautiful.mtns. of the old West near Pike's Peak,mining towns and ladies of indiscretions in Old China Town this story will offer much to many. Families never change,just their lifestyles and times. Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for the opportunity to Read and review "In the Company of Like-Minded Women" by Elaine Russel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katy Zane

    The author, Elaine Russell, does an amazing job of weaving a story of romance and family dynamics into a history lesson on the women's suffrage movement. I was impressed with the author's ability to create visual descriptions, using excellent word choices while telling an entertaining and informative story. I looked forward to picking up the book every evening and discovering what else would unfold. The characters were well developed, some likable and some less so. The relationships between the The author, Elaine Russell, does an amazing job of weaving a story of romance and family dynamics into a history lesson on the women's suffrage movement. I was impressed with the author's ability to create visual descriptions, using excellent word choices while telling an entertaining and informative story. I looked forward to picking up the book every evening and discovering what else would unfold. The characters were well developed, some likable and some less so. The relationships between the characters grew and built upon each other to the point that I felt I knew each one as a personal friend. I have read the book three times and each time I thoroughly enjoy it and learn something new about history and a woman's right to vote. I highly recommend this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is a historical fiction novel set in the time of the suffragette movement. We meet Lida, a widow, raising her two children while practicing as one of the first women doctors in Denver. Her sisters come to visit and after being exposed to her life and friends, begin to view their relationships, their views, and their ability to use their voice to make their wishes known all begin to change. As the three sisters grow closer, each grows in many ways. This was an interesting read and the differ This is a historical fiction novel set in the time of the suffragette movement. We meet Lida, a widow, raising her two children while practicing as one of the first women doctors in Denver. Her sisters come to visit and after being exposed to her life and friends, begin to view their relationships, their views, and their ability to use their voice to make their wishes known all begin to change. As the three sisters grow closer, each grows in many ways. This was an interesting read and the differing viewpoints that it was told from made it all the more engaging.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Prudence Coonan

    First of all, I am a historical fiction buff and love period pieces. This book didn't let me down. I read it in two nights because I got hooked right off the bat. The characters seem real and their development and transformation through their struggles was believable. There was obviously a lot of research done to create the story and it provided some interesting glimpses into the background of the early women's movement. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an informative, yet very First of all, I am a historical fiction buff and love period pieces. This book didn't let me down. I read it in two nights because I got hooked right off the bat. The characters seem real and their development and transformation through their struggles was believable. There was obviously a lot of research done to create the story and it provided some interesting glimpses into the background of the early women's movement. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an informative, yet very entertaining and interesting read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    An historical fiction story based on the lives of women a century ago. Well written dialogue about the interaction of women with men and women based on their thoughts and beliefs. The mantra ‘we are the sum of our experiences’ came to my mind frequently. Why do each of us act the way we do? Is it our knowledge without experience or the experiences I have had.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I rec'd In the Company of Like Minded Women as a giveaway. This book reminds me so much of how families can pull together when necessary. All families - especially daughters - go through their times of struggles but it's the time of pulling together that really shows strength. I rec'd In the Company of Like Minded Women as a giveaway. This book reminds me so much of how families can pull together when necessary. All families - especially daughters - go through their times of struggles but it's the time of pulling together that really shows strength.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pepper

    A window into the time of Women's Rights I'm a history buff that hasn't read much about the early days in the fight for Women's Rights. I learned a lot about this subject through the eyes of the female and male characters in this story. Oh by the any you may need tissues. Only happy tears. A window into the time of Women's Rights I'm a history buff that hasn't read much about the early days in the fight for Women's Rights. I learned a lot about this subject through the eyes of the female and male characters in this story. Oh by the any you may need tissues. Only happy tears.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I totally enjoyed this book. In Colorado, 1901, where equality between the genders was progressing rapidly, women's choice to be educated, and lead a life of their choosing, while marrying and having children cause disagreements between 3 sisters and their demanding mother. The characters draw you into their family life, and the struggles for early 20th century women in the wake of suffragette movement in America. Historically fascinating and well written story. I totally enjoyed this book. In Colorado, 1901, where equality between the genders was progressing rapidly, women's choice to be educated, and lead a life of their choosing, while marrying and having children cause disagreements between 3 sisters and their demanding mother. The characters draw you into their family life, and the struggles for early 20th century women in the wake of suffragette movement in America. Historically fascinating and well written story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ChillwithabookAWARD With

    In the Company of Like-Minded Women has received a chill with a Book Readers' Award. www.chillwithabook.com A good story very informative of their suffragette struggle and family problems. Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill Awards. In the Company of Like-Minded Women has received a chill with a Book Readers' Award. www.chillwithabook.com A good story very informative of their suffragette struggle and family problems. Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill Awards.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    Read this in 2 days. Couldn't put it down. Lovely. ❤ Read this in 2 days. Couldn't put it down. Lovely. ❤

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Olson

    Great book to read this year as we celebrate 100 years of women's right to vote. This is definitely a feel good novel and enjoyable to read. Great book to read this year as we celebrate 100 years of women's right to vote. This is definitely a feel good novel and enjoyable to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rita Kingsbury

    I found this book charming and happy, easy read. I felt like it was written at the turn of the century, rather than recently! It was a lovely story of three very different sisters, and their coming together despite a controlling mother who tried her best to turn them against each other. It was set during the period of the suffragette movement and seemed to reflect the period well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maryam J.

    Very enjoyable The characters in this story are very well drawn and interesting. The way the story is told, from each of the main women, makes it flow. I enjoyed reading this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Deitch

    The American Jane Austen Occasionally I read a book that takes me back to an earlier time when I couldn’t admit,as a British schoolboy, that I loved classical literature and amongst my favorites was ,and still is, Jane Austen. The content is not the sort of thing that as an alpha male I would normally be interested in but the characterization and style are a joy to read. So ,in short, I take my hat off to Ms Russell and as a well mannered British gentleman I kiss her hand and request that she ple The American Jane Austen Occasionally I read a book that takes me back to an earlier time when I couldn’t admit,as a British schoolboy, that I loved classical literature and amongst my favorites was ,and still is, Jane Austen. The content is not the sort of thing that as an alpha male I would normally be interested in but the characterization and style are a joy to read. So ,in short, I take my hat off to Ms Russell and as a well mannered British gentleman I kiss her hand and request that she please continue to enrich my life with her magical pen.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    This historical fiction story captured my interest especially as it was (1) a good distraction from the pandemic, civil unrest, and current politics, and (2) a good perspective on the early suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, ratified August 2020. I enjoyed the character development and the way the author used a different voice, or sometimes a diary entry or letter, for each chapter. Having spent time in Denver and Boulder, I especially liked the scen This historical fiction story captured my interest especially as it was (1) a good distraction from the pandemic, civil unrest, and current politics, and (2) a good perspective on the early suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, ratified August 2020. I enjoyed the character development and the way the author used a different voice, or sometimes a diary entry or letter, for each chapter. Having spent time in Denver and Boulder, I especially liked the scenes and depictions of an early 20th century Western city, often imagining the rooms and buildings from the descriptive writing. Overall an enjoyable and sweet story, with likable characters, both real and fictional.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    In the Early 1900s Three Sisters Struggle with the New Rights for Women Lida, a widow, has two chldren, Sara Jane, 14, and Cole, 5. She has recently received her certification as a doctor, but the only job she can find is as a physician to the Catholic refuge for needy women, House of the Good Shepard. The work is time consuming, but Lida is glad to have the position so she can take care of her family. When Lida’s two sisters, Mildred, 4 years older, and Eva, 15 years younger, arrive for a six-we In the Early 1900s Three Sisters Struggle with the New Rights for Women Lida, a widow, has two chldren, Sara Jane, 14, and Cole, 5. She has recently received her certification as a doctor, but the only job she can find is as a physician to the Catholic refuge for needy women, House of the Good Shepard. The work is time consuming, but Lida is glad to have the position so she can take care of her family. When Lida’s two sisters, Mildred, 4 years older, and Eva, 15 years younger, arrive for a six-week visit, Lida is excited to see them because it opens the possibility of healing the family rift caused by her marriage. The visit doesn’t start on a promising note. Mildred has good very heavy and is moody and controlling like their mother. Eva is recovering from a serious illness and is delicate, but she’s excited because she’s met the love of her life. Eva’s romance is causing as many problems with the family as Lida’s did. This historical novel looks at early 1900s Colorado. Women have received the right to vote, and temperance is a strong movement. Women can now get training for careers like medicine, but it’s not easy to be accepted in a predominantly male profession. There are also the social problems of marrying outside your social class and geographic area. The book does a good job addressing these problems with a cast of likable characters. The plot is interesting and shows well the problems facing women embarking on a new century with new rights. I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    terri navarro

    Contentedly to finish this book! This story set in this Time period of Colorado being the setting was very Interesting to m e. I loved t he description and settings. The characters Were very interesting and we'll defimed, showing how we all have our own outlook on life even though were siblings. The mother's negativity,in the end, could not turn the sisters against each Other and I really liked the way the story ended. Forgiveness goes a long way and hoped the mother finds this out when Eva and Mild Contentedly to finish this book! This story set in this Time period of Colorado being the setting was very Interesting to m e. I loved t he description and settings. The characters Were very interesting and we'll defimed, showing how we all have our own outlook on life even though were siblings. The mother's negativity,in the end, could not turn the sisters against each Other and I really liked the way the story ended. Forgiveness goes a long way and hoped the mother finds this out when Eva and Mildred return to Kansas.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    3.5 Not a whole lot of depth to the book, but really interesting to learn about life in Denver in the early 1900s.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary-Anne O'Connell-Pope

    Interesting Historical Read The characters in this novel are well developed and interesting from the small children all the way through the adults. I enjoyed the realistic slice of western life that I came away with.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Swafford

    This is marvelous historical fiction, set in 1901 Denver, with authentic settings and details (I live here in Colorado). The main characters may be fictional; however, all the other women mentioned, from Colorado Suffragists, Ellis Meredith and her mother, Mrs. Meredith, to Margaret Brown, are all authentic and based on accurate research. I am very familiar with primary sources of the time, since my portrayal of Ellis Meredith for the Legendary Ladies is based them from File #427 at History Colo This is marvelous historical fiction, set in 1901 Denver, with authentic settings and details (I live here in Colorado). The main characters may be fictional; however, all the other women mentioned, from Colorado Suffragists, Ellis Meredith and her mother, Mrs. Meredith, to Margaret Brown, are all authentic and based on accurate research. I am very familiar with primary sources of the time, since my portrayal of Ellis Meredith for the Legendary Ladies is based them from File #427 at History Colorado. What a fun way to learn suffrage history and the challenges women faced in that time! I highly recomment this book (I read it on Kindle).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McKirdy

    So interesting to see what the story was from the minds of so many people within it. So I could wish these ladies lots of luck in their endeavors -- and history shows they did just that as they turned our country upside down to make it better. I enjoyed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Pleasant read I enjoyed how the characters in the book are written so honestly, flaws and all. A very pleasant book to read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    susan suydam

    The strength of woman This novel, In The Company of Like Minded Women, is a testament to the thousands of woman who have come before us. The strength and perseverance of these women has made our voting ability in the 21st century, as well as our new elected first female Vice President possible. Elaine Russell has weaved a story with rich characters that are easily liked, and a few whom are quite difficult to understand. Bravo for this very enjoyable novel. Very good read

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane Edbauer

    'In the Company of Like-Minded Women' by Elaine Russel is a historical novel set in the early 20th century. Three sisters with very different ideals and opinions gathered together for a family reunion. Two sisters chose to stay in the small town where they grew up. The third sister, Lida, chose to leave the small town, Lawrence, to marry a doctor and become a doctor herself. Lida who lived in Denver was active in the women's suffrage movement after she was widowed. Eva the youngest sister was a 'In the Company of Like-Minded Women' by Elaine Russel is a historical novel set in the early 20th century. Three sisters with very different ideals and opinions gathered together for a family reunion. Two sisters chose to stay in the small town where they grew up. The third sister, Lida, chose to leave the small town, Lawrence, to marry a doctor and become a doctor herself. Lida who lived in Denver was active in the women's suffrage movement after she was widowed. Eva the youngest sister was a caregiver for their manipulative mother. Mildred the eldest sister was a narrow minded married woman who also stayed close to their mother. Mildred and her mother planned a trip to Denver to keep Eva from a suitor, Mr Dearman. Eva maintained her relationship with Mr Dearman through letters and planned to meet him in Denver so he could meet Mildred and Lida. After much discussion among the sisters they agreed to meet Mr Dearman. Mr Dearman was a wonderful gentleman who happened to have a politically active sister who knew Lida. The three sisters, after many quarrels, began to understand each other becoming like-minded women. This book has well developed characters who are likable. I was able to visualize Eva, Lida and Mildred wearing big hats and sashes and carrying signs during this important time in history. I like this entertaining book because it is a delightful read that is non-violent and clean. I recommend this book. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Above is my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I enjoyed both the description of life in the early 1900's and limitations on women and they passion with which some struggled for women's rights -- to vote, to be educated, to have professions held exclusively by men -- and also the sister/ family relationships. A good read! I enjoyed both the description of life in the early 1900's and limitations on women and they passion with which some struggled for women's rights -- to vote, to be educated, to have professions held exclusively by men -- and also the sister/ family relationships. A good read!

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