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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Naked Truth: Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit is a work of fiction in the historical and interpersonal drama sub-genres and was penned by author Carrie Hayes. Written for mature audiences, the work contains some usage of explicit language, sexual situations, and moderate violence. Set in the late nineteenth century on the cusp of the Gilded Age, this uplifting and dramatic work takes us through the early feminist movements made by a pair of incredible sisters in a novel based on some real-life events. As Victoria and Tennie move through life’s struggles, their incredible spirit and passion to make history as strong, powerful women endure despite the betrayals of friends and family, and the odds stacked against them by New York City’s traditional ways.
Author Carrie Hayes has crafted a highly engaging read, which balances a strong character-led story with a wider conceptual view of empowerment and gender rights. Fans of city history and feminist movements will enjoy seeing the sisters make their stand against the traditions of New York society at the time, and the work is peppered with intelligent references to characterize the period and the context in which they do so. I particularly loved the dialogue, which brought the unique personalities of the two women forward, especially when they spoke with one another, but also set the age of the period perfectly. A snapshot of equality history with plenty of twists and turns in its plot, this is a work of fiction that both entertains and educates, and overall I would highly recommend Naked Truth to readers of historical fiction everywhere.