Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.
You might as well not even read the review I'm posting here -- you'd be much better off just running out, buying, and diving into this sweet and startling historical novella because it will make your day infinitely better. This book has a phenomenal voice and also breaks a ton of the usual romance rules: it has clear adultery, an unrepentant heroine who boinks for reasons other than True Love, a multicultural cast of characters who are not mixed-race but who do participate in more than one culture, incidents of mild racism that are more like realistic day-to-day microaggressions than huge angst-worthy life-altering humiliations. All of these things totally work in the context of the plot. It's hilarious and touching and charming and I could not have loved it more.