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Leaving Coy’s Hill selected for the New York Times 2021 Summer Reading List!

“Sherbrooke’s story brings a deeply personal perspective to the vast struggles for freedom that rocked a nation.”
                                                                                                                               – Booklist

The story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. A great book club read!”
                                                                                                                       – Dead Darlings, Meet the Author. Read the full review and interview

The prose is eloquent and expressive. The characters are strong, passionate, and determined. And the plot, using a story within a story, is a fascinating tale of life, love, bravery, strength, loss, loyalty, friendship, motivation, politics, and the early battle for equality and justice in the U.S.” Read the full review on What’s Better than Books

“There are certain books that you come across that leave such a profound and lasting impression.” -Gwendalyn’s Books

It is a moving, impeccably researched biographical novel about a woman who in her own day was as important to the feminist movement as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but today is little remembered.” –Historical Novel Society, full review

“Oh my gosh, I just loved this book!” – Jenni, Tar Heel Reader (Instagram @tarheelreader)

Chosen for Best in Historical Fiction

Sherbrooke does a brilliant job of creating a distinctive and vibrant voice for Stone, which is all the more impressive considering we have very few of her speeches surviving today. While reading this book, I was often reminded of the musical Hamilton, not only because the protagonists are both important historical figures who were largely written out of the official narrative, but also due to similarities in their personalities (their relentless energy, gift for speaking, unwillingness to compromise on what is important to them) and, of course, the question of legacy, which both works deal with beautifully.” – Read full Kindled Spirits review

“Leaving Coy’s Hill is the perfect novel for you if you love strong women in WWII novels but are tired of WWII novels. I was blown away by the strength, tenacity, wisdom, triumphs , and challenges that Lucy Stone faced…and the plot twist midway through the novel kept me hooked…whether you’ve been reading historical fiction for years or have been intending to dip your toes into the genre, this is the perfect summer book club pick for you.” – Katie.reads 

“Katherine A. Sherbrooke breathes new life into the story of Lucy Stone with her novel, Leaving Coy’s Hill. Stone’s struggle to forge a marriage of equals; balance her career and family; and find fulfillment in a difficult profession, where emotions run hot and colleagues become rivals, is a story as timely today as it was in her time.” – Read full Rose City Reader review

“You do not want to miss this one!” Reeca’s Pieces

“The best sort of historical fiction, teaching about real lives and events through an engrossing story.” 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Bookloons, read the full review

Advanced Praise for Leaving Coy’s Hill

“What could be more timely than Sherbrooke’s gorgeously fictionalized and page-turning account of Lucy Stone?… A stunning look at timeless issues, all told through the lens of one extraordinary heroine.”
  Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and With or Without You. 

“Katherine Sherbrooke has brought the daring, dauntless, silver-throated Lucy Stone to vivid life, giving us a thoroughly modern heroine whose bold vision has still yet to be fully realized more than a hundred years after her passing. An inspiring, provocative read.” —Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men

“A powerful and stirring portrait of one of the most influential women in the equal rights movement. Thanks to Sherbrooke’s skillful storytelling, Lucy Stone is no less inspiring today than she was 170 years ago. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself ready to march!” – Isla Morley, author of The Last Blue

“This propulsive and astonishing story transported me to another era while compelling me to think deeply about questions that are as relevant today as they were in the 1800s: What is equality? What will we sacrifice for our principles? What makes a person whole? Immersed in stunning detail and evocative voices from the past, I came to deeply respect Lucy Stone’s tenacity, admire her passion and eloquence—and love her for her humility and her lasting power. A beautiful story that shines a powerful light on values we still struggle to realize and uphold.”  Katrin Schumann, author of This Terrible Beauty and The Forgotten Hours

“Sherbrooke taps into the current moment with authenticity and vulnerability, outrage and heartbreak. You’ll shake your head and raise your fist as Lucy Stone, suffragist and abolitionist, fights maddeningly familiar battles—for pay and property, for physical safety and bodily autonomy, for universal rights and freedoms, and to etch her own name into the history books and prove she is no one’s relic. Leaving Coy’s Hill is deeply moving and profoundly relevant.” –Susan Bernhard, author of Winter Loon

“Powerful and moving, Leaving Coy’s Hill deftly examines the lifelong ambitions and friendships of abolitionist and suffragist Lucy Stone as she balances family and work, personal pain and public responsibilities, the strong pull of home and the prohibitive demands of the road. With an acute sense of place and an assured hand, Sherbrooke gives Lucy Stone the exposition and recognition she deeply deserves while bringing to light buried truths about the underbelly of the women’s rights movement in the United States. A beautiful meditation on advocacy and courage with a heroine who is impossible to forget.” – Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationary Shop and Together Tea

“Sherbrooke paints a vivid portrait of this often forgotten American figure who inspired a nation to think differently about women’s rights. Unforgettable and unputdownable, this novel will remain in memory long after the last page has been turned.”
–  Crystal King, author of Feast of Sorrow and The Chef’s Secret

“Sherbrooke brings Lucy Stone back to life with this passionate and inspiring novel that lays bare the enduring struggle to steer between love and career, and the fight to challenge the people and laws holding us back.  Timeless and stunning, Leaving Coy’s Hill reminds us to fight, to love and to appreciate the power of passion – passion for ideas, people, and women’s rights.” 
– Rachel Barenbaum, author of A Bend in the Stars

Leaving Coy’s Hill is a poignant work of historical fiction which portrays the life of Lucy Stone, a leading suffragist and abolitionist of the Civil War era. With incredible elegance and insight, this novel strikes a perfect balance between historical setting and a rendering of the inner woman. I delighted in Lucy’s character, her quirks, ambition, loves, as well as her friendships and connectedness to important figures of the time.  While Leaving Coy’s Hill illuminates the timeless female struggle for equality, tight roping career and motherhood, and achieving financial independence, its crowning achievement is an authentic, poetic voice. Sherbrooke’s language set the clocks back a hundred and fifty years with its soothing, measured cadence. Clear your calendar for this one, it’s an impossible-to-put-down, must read.” — Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, author of Eden and The Nine

“Lucy Stone is the heroine we all need right now. Author Katherine Sherbrooke brings the real historical figure of Lucy Stone to life as a stubborn and fierce defender of women’s rights and the rights of Black Americans in an 1800’s United States not quite ready for her message. Through her poignant and beautiful story about one woman’s fight for justice two hundred years ago, Sherbrooke quietly reminds us all that the battle still isn’t over.”   Julie Carrick Dalton, author of Waiting for the Night Song