The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Mackenzi Lee

Cover of "The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy" by Mackenzi Lee

This sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue tells the story of Felicity, an aromantic and asexual woman, as she pursues her dream of becoming a female doctor in the 18th century – a time when most people found that to be a laughable goal.

In this book, Mackenzi Lee masterfully portrays a character who is confidently asexual and aromantic in a time where the language to describe those identities did not exist. The demonstration of ways women can defy what society expects of them adds to the strength of this book, making it a strong candidate for those seeking nuanced stories of ace and aro women.