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Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.

Not quite as ambitious as I'd hoped.

Starlight (Christies) - Carrie Lofty

"More union agitation" was not something I ever expected to want from a romance novel, but here we are. This story of an astronomer-turned-mill master and a female union leader in Victorian Glasgow -- you see why I picked it up, don't you? -- was grounded and turbulent in all the best ways. 


At least, at first.


The set-up is persuasive and the characters really sparkle. But the rich and realistic conflict between union and management devolved into a shipboard rescue and fight scene that apparently solved all everyone's issues -- secondary characters included. I felt like the ending was more softened than I wanted it to be. The author came out swinging, but she pulled her punches.