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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race Blog Tour and $75 Amazon Giveaway with Mike Mizrahi  Take a ride through 1895 Chattanooga as it's turned upside down when a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers-in Mike H. Mizrahi's new book, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race! Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit to Brooklyn, she's drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

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I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. The cover was intriguing and I just knew this would be a story filled with history and adventure. The author takes us to the late 1890s where women were just starting to find their voice. I really enjoyed the history that was spread throughout the book. He even had quotes from famous historical figures  which I thought really added definition to the story.

Anna is a delightful character. She is recovering from an accident that has left her feeling unsure of herself. I loved watching her grow emotionally as she decides that she wants to cycle. I found it very interesting that cycling by women  was frowned upon in those days. I'm sure it had to do with the attire Anna wore. The town was aghast at this young lady wearing bloomers and showing her legs. I loved  this story so much because it brought up how much women had to fight for their rights. This story is really well written and delves into the spunk of a young lady who was determined to show people that women should be allowed to cycle with freedom.

There is another story going on in the book besides women's rights that I found was very powerfully written. Wait till you meet a woman and her children that live in what I can only describe as  filth and deplorable conditions. Anna has a big heart and will do anything to help others. Will she be able to save this family? What will others think when they find out who the family is?

Throughout the story we meet characters that are so set in their ways they start to cause trouble for Anna. I can't imagine what it must have been like for women in this time period. They had to endure narrow minded people who wouldn't listen to anyone. I was quite surprised that several women were against Anna riding her bike. Most of them thought that a woman's place was at home, cooking, cleaning and raising children. The book is a real eye opener for me and made me realize how far we have come since the early days when women had no rights at all. Will Anna be banned from ridding her bike? How does all the gossip affect her?  What happens when she meets Peter who is the president of the Cycling Club? Thank you for writing a story filled with history and a strong character who wasn't afraid to stand up for her rights.

Sometimes.... to want something is not enough. A fight may be necessary to achieve the desire of our hearts. The struggle can help us grow if that desire is pure. "

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.

Tour Schedule:


Billy | Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
Colleen |
Debra | 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too !
Jalynn | A Simple Life, really?!
Stacey | Books,Dreams,Life
Vik Tory | Manuscript Tunes
Vicky | deal sharing aunt
Margaret | The World As I See It
Mitzi | A Niche To find
Amy | A Nest in the Rocks
Lady | Little Lady Plays
Molly | Cafinated Reads
Cassandra | Cassandra M's Place
Kristie | Moments
Maureen | Maureen's Musings
Amanda | Inklings and notions
Deana | Texas Book-aholic
Nancy | sunny island breezes
Veronica | Veronica's 'Views
Amy | Seasons of Opportunities
Beth | For The Love of Books
Kathleen | Reviews From The Heart
Sally | Proverbial Reads
Becky | Living Outside the Lines
Karen | Karen''s Korner
Carrie | Reading Is My SuperPower
Sydney | Singing Librarian Books
Wendy | Life at Rossmont
Amy | Pause for Tales
Keri | My Table of Three
Lisa | Seeking with All yur Heart
Stephanie | Have A Wonderful Day
Stephanie | Finding My Yellow
Jennifer | Adventures in Unsell Land
Amanda | The Talbert Report
Andrea | Two Points of Interest
Barbara | I'm Hooked on Books
Lena Nelson | A Christian Writer's World
Madelyn | Literary Cafe
Marjorie | The Writer's Tool
Rebekah | Backing Books
Dela | Pastries and Novel Thoughts
Kim | Window To My World
LeAnne | Rockin' My Mom Jeans
Mindy | A Room Wihtout Books is Empty
Bethany | The Perfect beginning
Meagan | Meagan Davenport
Leah | As We Walk Along the Road
Michelle | To Everything There is a Season

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