I had not heard of Bohemian Gospel before I selected it from the Book of the Month club. It has been sitting on my desk for about two weeks. I began it this morning and finished it this evening. It was the perfect book to read during a blizzard. It kept me engaged and curious.
I can only imagine the amount of research the author conducted on the time period and the very complicated politics in addition to the Church. I am not an expert in any of those areas but I can tell you without a doubt she created a very real atmosphere. The places and characters who inhabited them seemed very real. Mouse, the main character, was a very unusual female for the time period. Her back story explains how she came to be better educated then most women at the time. Its not her education that struck me as much as her spirit. She was trying to live a life of her own choosing, and while it did not always work out, she still continued to try.
Although I have read a lot of historical fiction from this time period, I had not read any from this area. It was all new and very enjoyable. I would recommend Bohemian Gospel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.