Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Unmentionable by Therese Oneill

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
Release Date: November 24th, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown
Genre: Non-Fiction Humour
Pages: 307 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? 
Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.) 
UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on: 
~ What to wear ~ Where to relieve yourself ~ How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating ~ What to expect on your wedding night ~ How to be the perfect Victorian wife ~ Why masturbating will kill you ~ And more
Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring nearly 200 images from Victorian publications, UNMENTIONABLE will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlet O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great, great grandmothers. 
(And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, super absorbency tampons, epidurals, anti-depressants, and not-dying-of-the-syphilis-your-husband-brought-home.) 
As part of my New Years resolutions, I am wanting to do more things outside of my comfort zone, and that includes what I read! I don't normally read non-fiction, although I own plenty! When I got approached to review Unmentionable, it sounds like the perfect way to dive into 2017!

Unmentionable was absolutely historical, laugh-out-loud funny! There were many times that I was dog-earring pages for my Fiance to read because he appreciates good humour while also learning something at the same time. Or while out for lunch with girlfriends pulling tidbits of knowledge for some unconventional table talk!

Therese Oneill does a spectacular job at delivering the cringe-worthy truth of what life was like for woman in the 19th century. She paints a very thorough picture of that era. The good, the bad, the ugly and very smelly! Oneill adds so much wit and charm to the novel that it makes it for a very easy and entertaining read!

If you love to laugh or are a fan of the Victorian era than Unmentionable is for you!

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