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This book is a really good book.The character Anna is a really shy person and she's like really to herself. She doesn't really go out [there] that much and she's been trying to something new, which is riding the bike, and back in the day it wasn't very acceptable for women to ride a bike or to do anything of that sort (like if it was a manly sport). So, she comes back from New York, where she first rode the bike, and now she's facing all these challenges. People who once respected her saw her as a lady now see her as a disrespectful child or unladylike. Anna has to go into a race with a man that she likes, in order to prove that women should be able to ride a bike and they should be to have the power to decide for themselves whether they would like to ride a bike or not. The character [Anna], she she's really sweet and innocent and naive to a fault. She gets swayed so easily and she doesn't realize that she is really naive. She just goes along with a lot of things that she probably shouldn't. Her [Anna's] love interest originally - I didn't like him. When Anna started shifting gears towards Peter. I liked Peter, I was happy. Peter is a good character, he is a well rounded Christian man, he's well spoken, he knows when to do the right things and when to keep quite and when to speak up. Unlike the counterpart, he's really honest and trustworthy. There's a lot of characters in this book that [sighs heavily] I really don't like. I want to slap them a lot [laughs] because they get in Anna's way so much and it's just like 'no, you're in her way, what are you doing? Stop right there.'. Overall the book is a really good book. I didn't think I would like it if I was being honest but it was actually really interesting and I got really into it. I found myself screaming at some of the characters and I would probably rate it [the book] a five star rating. I loved this book so much, it was a good book.
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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race BLURB || source: Goodreads
Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle--in bloomers!
It's 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she's drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.
Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.
Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride "the wheel?" Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the "new women" emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter? Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be