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Author Sarah Bates has done a masterful job of bringing to life an historic figure., April 28, 2017




Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant and vulnerable young girl growing up during a time when the buying and selling of African slaves was considered to be ‘business as usual’. In the first chapters of this novel, Stanton is a young girl, observing with her sharp intelligence, the brutality of slavery in her era. She also saw that women did not have legal agency over their own lives. Author Bates tells the story of Stanton by building scenarios that are based on passages from Stanton’s journal. This discursive technique allows the reader to not only hear the story but to read the mind of Elizabeth Cady Stanton as she grows and matures into the abolitionist and women’s rights crusader that she would become as an adult. There is nothing more informative than being able to ‘hear’ the voice of history’s most important players. Author Sarah Bates does a superb job of introducing readers to a fascinating slice of history. Additionally, this book is timely for our own era now that women’s issues, and laws relating to women’s issues, are in the balance again.

Masterfully written and imagined, April 24, 2017



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Sarah Bates has recreated the Johnstown of the early 1800s in such clarity and detail that I felt as if I were actually there. Every scene is described in warm, intimate detail as the author recreates the emotions and experiences of the young Miss Cady, who struggles for her father's approval even though she is not a boy. A enchanting homage to one of America's heroes lovingly presented

By Kristin Joneson January 4, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton is a name that you would know if you have read a few books about the relationship between getting women the right to vote and freeing slaves. I hadn't known that these movements actually came together until I read about it a few times.

I enjoyed this one. It definitely was a good historical fiction read. I loved seeing how one woman just kept pushing the envelope over and over again until someone got it and helped her move forward. I loved how headstrong she was and I felt that the author portrayed that well in the book

Great Depiction of Ms. Cady's Formative Years! More Please!

By Sherrie Miranda on November 2, 2016

Format: Paperback

I bought this book at The Women's History Museum at Liberty Station here in San Diego. My mother's maiden name was Cady & I wanted to see if there was anything that hinted at our being related to Miss Cady.

But, once I got reading it, I was fascinated by this woman, who although a feminist by today's standards, still loved fancy clothes & parties. She loved talking with the men, which at that time was not allowed. I loved seeing how she continued her education by getting others on her side.

I got so into the book that I began to worry about her attraction to her sister's husband. But, Elizabeth had scruples & when push came to shove, she told her brother-in-law to shove off.

Like others here, I would love to read a sequel. Even though there is plenty of nonfiction writing about Ms. Cady Stanton's suffragette years, historical fiction is so much more fun to read. In fact, if Ms. Bates does not write the sequel, I may not read anything else about this woman who very likely is an ancestor of mine!

4.0 out of 5 stars

Definitely made Elizabeth C. Stanton feel more real to me!

By EpicFehlReader on November 8, 2016

Format: Paperback

3.5 Stars

When I mentioned to my mother that I was reading this book, her response was, "Elizabeth Cady Stanton... that name sounds familiar for some reason..." Many of you might be having a similar response to the title of this book. That might be because you might mostly know Stanton for being a bestie of suffragette bigwig Susan B. Anthony. Together, these two ladies (along with many, many others let's not forget) were a powerhouse team for getting the vote for women, though Stanton sadly did not live to see her work actually become law (Stanton played a pivotal part in the development of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution, which gives women the right to vote, but it wasn't made law until after her death).... because this kind of stuff takes FOREVER to make happen sometimes! But like many historical notables, the woman Elizabeth gets pushed aside for the legend that's grown to near-mythic proportions.

What author Sarah Bates tries to do with The Lost Diaries is cut through all that and bring Elizabeth's story back down to earth. What might this person have been like as a everyday, living, breathing woman? To do that, Bates starts with illustrating the young and curious Elizabeth's earliest calls toward activism, which first budded with the realization that she would be denied opportunities granted to her brother, father, male cousins, etc. On top of that, it didn't take long for Elizabeth to join her father in his passionate pursuit of abolition. As Elizabeth writes in one of the fictional diary entries: "People with closed minds infuriate me."