It’s 1911 and, against her mother’s wishes, quiet New Yorker Emma dreams of winning the right to vote. She is sent away by her parents in the hope distance will curb her desire to be involved with the growing suffrage movement and told to spend time learning about where her grandparents came from.
Across the Atlantic – Queenstown, southern Ireland – hotelier Thomas dreams of being loved, even noticed, by his actress wife, Alice. On their wedding day, Alice’s father had assured him that adoration comes with time. It’s been eight years. But Alice has plans of her own and they certainly don’t include the fight for equality or her dull husband.
Emma’s arrival in Ireland leads her to discover family secrets and become involved in the Irish Women’s Suffrage Society in Cork. However, Emma’s path to suffrage was never meant to lead to a forbidden love affair…
Kate Baker wrote terrible holiday diaries as a child, which her husband regularly asks her to read out loud for their entertainment. She has since improved and has written with intent since 2018. Maid of Steel is her second novel; the first is lining drawers in the vegetable rack at their farmhouse.
Alison Stead (Guest Review) - 11 Oct, 2023
'Maid of Steel' is impeccably researched and beautifully written.
Kate Baker's debut title is an incredible story - both of courage and of love.
As a reader you are taken on the most incredible journey; embraced by the tempestuous events of the time, and the heroine's steely determination - fueled by an unwavering conviction for her cause.
Historical fiction, yet based on true events - 'Maid of Steel' is a book to lose yourself in, and certainly not to be left on the shelf.