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Chattanooga society goes on tilt as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle in bloomers!
It’s 1895 and Anna Gaines struggles to get past her insecurities and discover her calling in life. When she’s drawn to the new sport of bicycling, a scandalous activity for a proper southern young woman, she faces opposition, misunderstanding, and scorn. Southern women just did not engage in activities meant for men.
To determine if women will share the same rights as men, Anna must race the president of the cycle club. But more is at stake than the outcome of a race.
- Will Anna make the right decisions about her life?
- Will true love find a way?
- Will Anna choose to live a quiet, traditional life as a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the 20th century?
Faith, patience, and courage in adversity help a young woman become the person she was meant to be.
The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race artfully blends the story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world at the dawning of a new century, and the fascinating historical impact of the bicycle on national clothing styles and societal mores in the 1890s.
–Kenneth Kemp, co-author of Why Not Today: Trafficking, Slavery, the Global Church . . . and You