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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Censored Angel is a work of fiction in the historical, women’s, and interpersonal drama subgenres, and it forms the second standalone novel in the Forgotten Women book series. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Joan Koster. This eye-opening historical novel is based on a true story, and it takes readers on a journey through the life of Ida, a brilliant and corseted young woman who defies the suffocating constraints of Victorian society. Ida's path leads her to become a mystic marriage counselor, teaching women about the joys of love and challenging societal norms. However, her bold endeavors draw the ire of Anthony Comstock, the Anti-Obscenity Postal Inspector, who is determined to silence her forever.
Author Joan Koster has crafted a compelling and atmospheric work of historical fiction that is also a thought-provoking and inspiring experience. Her clever weaving of detail, attitude, and sociocultural factors into the plot shed light on the struggles and triumphs of forgotten women who dared to defy conventions and fight for their beliefs in a time of oppressive moral standards. Koster's close narrative skill and flair for authentic dialogue bring Ida's remarkable journey to life, and this serves as a reminder of the power of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. Overall, Censored Angel is a work that entertains just as much as it educates, making it a valuable addition to historical fiction, and one that I would highly recommend to eager women’s fiction readers and historians alike.