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The Weather Woman by Sally Gardner

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Head of Zeus
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

Neva Friezland is born into a world of trickery and illusion, where fortunes can be won and lost on the turn of a card.
She is also born with an extraordinary gift. She can predict the weather. In Regency England, where the proper goal for a gentlewoman is marriage and only God knows the weather, this is dangerous. It is also potentially very lucrative.
In order to debate with the men of science and move about freely, Neva adopts a sophisticated male disguise. She foretells the weather from inside an automaton created by her brilliant clockmaker father.
But what will happen when the disguised Neva falls in love with a charismatic young man?
It can be very dangerous to be ahead of your time. Especially as a woman.


My Thoughts

In a period where women’s destiny is to be married and only men are the ones that can have a future in science, Neva Friezland is doomed.
Because Neva is not ordinary, she can predict the weather in exact detail; seconds, minutes, hours… but during the Regency, only men can access science, so she decides to try something different. She will disguise as a man and “predict” the weather with an amazing automat (that her father creates for her), this way she can become someone that she always wanted, become part of the scientist world. As you can imagine, things will not be as easy as she can imagine, and when she falls in love with a young scientist, things will become more difficult.
I think this is a beautiful story, very well written and a lovely plot. It’s impossible to not love “The Weather Woman”. Also it’s empowering how Neva doesn’t want to follow the rules, she tries to create a path for herself, a way to be happy and using her power, even if it means being disguised as a man.
A book to recommend and non-stop talking about, a book you’ll love to read, believe me! Are you ready to meet “The Weather Woman”?


About The Author

Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a very successful costume designer, working on some notable productions.
After the births of twin daughters and a son, she started first to illustrate and then to write picture books and chapter books, usually with fairytale- or otherwise magical subject matter. She has been called ‘an idiosyncratic genius’ by London’s Sunday Times