Thumbs up for Hen Fever by Olivia Waite. Historical romance.
A novella-length Victorian-era sapphic romance centered around a village fancy chicken contest. I very much liked the stuff about the chickens (droll, and all too believable) and the Crimean War (nicely brutal and sad). However, the actual romance fell a touch flat for me. What do they have together other than physical chemistry, and, I suppose, the limited options available to lonely lesbians in a small town? I wish the story had lingered on that point. Nevertheless, it was a cute book.
Please, [the vicar] wanted to beg them in plainer language. Please remember that there are more important things than chickens.
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