The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee is a wonderful feminist manifesto. I don't know if Atlee intended for it to be such when writing, but in my humble opinion, it demonstrates the strength and courage of a woman willing to work hard to take care of herself. However, within this power of determination, Atlee does not lose the sensual traits and dainty trends of being a woman.
I enjoyed Atlee's portrayal of Betsy Dobson - it was honest, upfront, and sincere. I liked her as a character and enjoyed her sarcastic charm and sly disposition using her essence as a woman to get what she wanted. This isn't to say she used sex as a means to an end, but she did allow it to sway a man's head (or two). I did not find her promiscuous, though. I found her forthright. In fact, it was Mr. Jones's character that annoyed me from time to time - his inability to make decisions, to be painstakingly honest, to take risks. I suppose this juxtaposition of personalities created the perfect foil. Well played, Atlee.
Typewriter Girl appeals to the reader that enjoys history and romance, strength and passion, love and hate. It fuels the feminine spirit; ignites the feminine flame.
If you'd like to peruse the fashion that inspired Atlee's novel, visit her Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/alisonatlee/the-typewriter-girl-illustrated/