The Fair Fight

The Fair Fight

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club in this page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late-eighteenth-century England.Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house, from the world of street fighters to the world of champions, The Fair Fight is a vivid, propulsive historical novel announcing the arrival of a dynamic new talent.Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn't expect much for herself beyond abuse. While her sister's beauty affords a certain degree of comfort, Ruth's harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is until she meets pugilist patron George Dryer and discovers her true calling—fighting bare knuckles in the prize rings of Bristol.Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape.After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them. When Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition, Ruth pushes dainty Charlotte to enter the ring herself and learn the power of her own strength.A gripping, page-turning story about people struggling to transcend the circumstances into which they were born and fighting for their own places in society, The Fair Fight is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention, and fighting one's way to the top.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781481520249
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Hardingham, Fiona
OverDrive, Inc

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PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

I love these characters. Their growth (or lack thereof) and the setting/premise were both aspects of the story I had no idea I would find interesting. Did you know there were women pugilists in 18th century England? Cause I sure didn't. Or at least that fought in public boxing rings. So there's that.

And then, of course, my audiobook crushes strike again, making me heavily invested in characters that might have bored me otherwise, before they had the chance to grow on me.

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