This review is for the book "The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race" by Mike Mizrahi. In this book, we go back to Chattanooga in the late 1800's. We meet Anna Gaines, a 19-year old who has just been introduced to the bicycle. Where she lives in the South, cycling is very scandalous for ladies. There is a cycling club but it is for men only. Anna's aunt introduces her to the sport and Anna falls in love with it. She has a bicycle at her house and her father is finally convinced that it's okay to ride it around their property. Soon, though, Anna is out around town, which causes her mother much alarm and embarrassment. Not only that, there are people who are very anti-female cyclists - to the point that they will come after Anna.
This was a really interesting book because even though I know it was fictional, the history behind it is quite real. It is so interesting to think what a scandal this was in this time period. I really loved the characters in this book and the story as a whole. I don't always enjoy historical fiction but this book was one that I didn't get tired of reading one bit.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.
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