Book Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by, Sheena Boekweg

TITLE: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
AUTHOR: Sheena Boekweg
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2021

Behind every powerful man is a trained woman, and behind every trained woman is the Society. It started with tea parties and matchmaking, but is now a countrywide secret. Gossips pass messages in recipes, Spinsters train to fight, and women work together to grant safety to abused women and children. The Society is more than oaths—it is sisterhood and purpose.

In 1926, seventeen-year-old Elsie is dropped off in a new city with four other teenage girls. All of them have trained together since childhood to become the Wife of a powerful man. But when they learn that their next target is earmarked to become President, their mission becomes more than just an assignment; this is a chance at the most powerful position in the Society. All they have to do is make one man fall in love with them first.

Sheena Boekweg grew up reading books with tree branches peeking over her shoulder. Her novels Glitch Kingdom and A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, both with Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, feature fat positive girls with ambitions, love stories, and sometimes battle axes. She’s a contributor to Every Body Shines, a fat-positive anthology publishing May 2021 with Bloomsbury, and is an alumni of the 2015 Pitch Wars Program and was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2017, 2018, and currently in 2020. Sheena believes that beauty is intrinsic and worth is unquestionable, and thinks you can’t solve all problems with food, but it will always help.

She is well-loved by a tall man with a great beard, her three kids, and the world’s most spoiled puppy. Visit her online at, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SheenaBoekweg. She’s represented by Jessica Sinsheimer at Context Literary.

A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by, Sheen Boekweg is a lot of fun! Set in an alternate world where First Lady Abigail Adams has founded a secret society of women who essentially, run the country from the sidelines. But our heroine, Elise, wants more. She doesn’t want to be in the shadows, she wants to be in the light.

While the book does feel a bit like a political statement in parts, you can totally forgive it as it is all in the name of character development. And what a cast of characters it is. All kinds of women, working together and changing the world – or at least shaping it.

If you like historical fiction and don’t mind suspending your disbelief for a bit, this is one book you don’t want to miss.

I give this book 5 Sips!

I give this book 5 Sips!

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