• Alex Lopez

A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions

A lady has a roulette of arms in her arsenal.

Charms that beguile self made men.

Minds that rival the conventions of the time.

Smiles with silent languages that show not all is as it seems.

The secret to any great man after all, is the woman beside him.

In this magnificent work, I was absolutely absorbed by A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions and how Elsie’s character developed throughout the course of the book. I especially enjoyed that there was a great fluidity in the narrative and the body image representations. The sorting of what training women receive from spinsters to mothers, wives, gossips makes for interesting categorization. The narrative itself makes it evident that author Sheena Boekweg was well invested in the development of her characters.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this read for fans of Courtney Summers, this will be the read for you!


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


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