At the halfway point I had to stop and write a bit about how much I am loving this story. Minnie's plight is so heartwrenching and wonderful. The brilliant heroine, the hidden heroine, with no position or beauty to protect her from harm, only anonymity. With each page I think of Woolf's A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN and my heart breaks for the generations of trapped, constrained women, tearing themselves apart against the boundaries of society.
And the story of this heroine and hero just gets better and better as the story progresses.