Take a ride through 1895 Chattanooga as it’s turned upside down when a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle — in bloomers — in Mike H. Mizrahi’s new book, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race! Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit to Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. 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.
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About The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race:
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.
I enjoyed The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race. A good vacation read that will please fans of Gilbert Morris, with a unique premise and clouds from the Civil War still lingering. In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine something as seemingly innocuous as bicycling (especially in Seattle! We “love” our bicyclists …) could cause such a ruckus, but Mizrahi does a great job at presenting both sides of the issue and placing it in a vivid historical setting.
At times some of the characters’ reactions fell flat; much like a dud firework, what seemed like a character about to blow their stack fizzled out quickly. Perspective changes also jarred at times. Still, the pacing and simultaneous plot points are interesting and engaging, and held my interest to the end. I’d pick it up again down the line and enjoy a re-read!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions are my own.
About the author
Mike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising, and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue writing. After a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, he wrote his first novel, “Kabirizi’s Revenge,” and is also the author of “The Unnamed Girl.” Mike and his wife Karen live in Woodland Hills, Calif., where the couple raised their two adult children, and he enjoys reading and writing.
Find out more about Mike H. at https://www.mikehmizrahi.com.