New Novel Takes Women Trapped in 'Cult of Domesticity' to New Level

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Donna MacQuigg’s historical novel gives women of the 1800s strength and determination in career roles.

Throughout history, women have always struggled for a recognized place in society. During the early 1800's women were trapped in the “cult of domesticity.” Women had been subjected to roles as the nonworking house-wives for families and moral custodian. Also, women were considered unequal to their male companions legally and socially.

In the later 1800s women, in small numbers, began to be seen in some professions hitherto deemed "male," as they dared to enter careers such as journalism, breaking down barriers, taboos, and prejudices. “Did you know that many medical professionals in the late 1800’s thought it medically harmful for a woman to learn to read or obtain a higher education?” asks Donna MacQuigg, author of “The Price of Pride” (1594144648.)

MacQuigg’s novel opens with the death of the hero’s brother and the heroine’s cousin in Santa Fe, New Mexico in what is alleged as an “accidental fire.” Ira Farrell, the hero left his family’s ranch north of Santa Fe, ten years before to get away from an abusive father. He became a bounty hunter-turned gunfighter-turned United States Marshal. “Sarah Brighton, our heroine, is one of the first female journalists in an age when the women’s suffrage movement wasn’t exactly popular,” explains MacQuigg. They both come to town, Ira from Arizona, Sarah from Maryland, to learn more about the fire. They meet, are attracted to each and suspicious about the fire, and realize, after some sparks fly, that they’ll have to work together to solve the mystery of their loved one’s death.

“Sarah is a very determined young woman, often acting without thinking of the end result,” clarifies MacQuigg. “But she never gives up.” MacQuigg views women of the late 1800s as strong-willed. The theme that runs throughout the novel is that women are viewed as a symbol of strength and are held up in situations. After numerous hard fought battles, women are taking their place alongside men, creating success and demonstrating their abilities in high powered positions of great responsibility. In the end, MacQuigg shows that two strong, stubborn individuals can reach a compromise and experience a great and enduring love while remaining individuals.

Donna MacQuigg is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. Her Scottish and Medieval romances were published through Kensington in mass market paperback, distributed by Wal-Mart. Their success resulted in releases to the European market. Her current western romance, “The Price of Pride” (1594144648) in hardcover by Thomson-Gale/Five Star is released today.

She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and writes full time. In her spare time MacQuigg enjoys tending to her horses, writing children’s stories for her daughter’s first grade class, and brainstorming with her best friend and multi-published critique partner. Learn more about her books by logging on to A newly released copy of “The Price of Pride” may be purchased from the author or any online book store.

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