The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race (Redemption Press, April 2017)

Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle–in bloomers!

It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?” Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?

Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.

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  • Sometimes it takes me a few chapters to get into a story, but I was glued to this one after reading the first paragraph. The novel is written from the third person point-of-view, and the author does a good job with the narration. The characters are well-written, and, most importantly, are all likeable. The plot is intriguing, the descriptions are nicely done, and the pacing flows perfectly.

  • Anna Gaines was the opposite character of what her society used to determine the status and privileges for the women in 19th century. She didn’t want to be timid, just quiet housewife who could only do what was asked of her by her husband and listen to the demanding society…

  • I think we can all learn from this book. We all have inner struggles and ending up on the right path is something we must all look within ourselves to find.

  • The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race”, by author Mike H. Mizrahi is a great book about a young woman named Anna Gaines who is 19 years old and she has decided that she loves to ride a bicycle.

  • The author wrote a very interesting and thought provoking read. You just had to love Anna. She had guts and she led the way with those guts. She wasn’t going to back down. The story flowed nicely and you couldn’t wait to turn the page to see what would happen next.

  • This book is rich in historic detail and really can transport the reader back into history, back to a time when women knew their place and kept their mouth shuts about it.

    I definitely recommend this book with 5 stars! It’s going in my top reads for 2017, for sure! Hats off to Mike Mizrahi for creating a new fan in me!

  • This book brings back some really ugly facts, the old Jim Crow laws, and the consequences and depravation of human life. What a wonderful job the author did of bringing all of these horrible but true times in American history, a time that most would like forgotten. We also travel the fields of Civil War Battles, and are reminded of that time, a few short years prior.

  • A delightful story that I enjoyed and I also loved the history in this story as well.

    I enjoyed getting to read about Anna she was a delight. A good character to want to be friends with as well. There were some characters that were pretty mean to poor Anna. But she didn’t let that stand in her way and I admired her for it.

  • A more serious time, but this book presents a fun factor in the reading. The author brings a great era and story to life through his well written and easy to feel words.

  • The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi left a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. I loved it because of how commonplace it is now for everyone to ride a bike. This was such a fun and cute book that I was sad when it was over.

  • Moments says:

    This was such a fun book to read, that was also filled with historical detail.  I loved the storyline and learning about how much society varied based upon location and what the acceptable behavior and dress was for women.  Anna is a great and entertaining main character whom is full of  heart and passion for what she believes in.  I highly recommend this book to those whom enjoy historical fiction!

  • Mizrahi writes a new kind of historical fiction in The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race.  With subplots involving Civil War landmark preservation, mental illness, grief, marital relationships, and race relations, there’s a lot happening in this book – and that doesn’t even touch the main themes of women riding bicycles and wearing bloomers.
    It’s obvious that Mizrahi did his homework in the way that he blended all of these themes seamlessly.  The setting is detailed and plays a large role in the story.  I love the way that Mizrahi made the bicycle the pivotal point of the story, using it to show both historical and romantic information and spiritual transformation throughout the book.

  • I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. The cover was intriguing and I just knew this would be a story filled with history and adventure. The author takes us to the late 1890s where women were just starting to find their voice. I really enjoyed the history that was spread throughout the book. He even had quotes from famous historical figures which I thought really added definition to the story.

  • This was a really interesting book because even though I know it was fictional, the history behind it is quite real. It is so interesting to think what a scandal this was in this time period. I really loved the characters in this book and the story as a whole. I don’t always enjoy historical fiction but this book was one that I didn’t get tired of reading one bit.

  • I loved the rich historical aspect of this story! The characters are well written and I loved reading about Anna’s journey as she discovers the woman she is meant to be, not the one that society dictates.

  • This book is a fabulous mix of facts and a heart-tugging story of a limping woman who’s childhood accident turned her from a buoyant child into a timid pushover and how she struggled into adulthood to become a poster child for women’s rights.
    Knowing her stand may cost her just as much as some of the greats before her, she lays it all down and pushes her timidness aside to stand up for what she thinks is right – despite the cost to her reputation or the opposition that constantly opposes her.
    A story of courage and bravery that a young woman never thought she had this book will inspire and tug at those who read it.

  • I loved this story! It was full of wonder as well as your typical romance and drama. Great story!

  • Hard to believe after reading this novel that it was such a struggle for women to enjoy the exercise offered and freedom to do so like Anna Gaines simply by wanting to ride a bicycle. It was a part of history I never understood until reading this novel and how narrow-minded some were in their arguments against women riding bicycles.

  • Did you know the first dedicated bicycle path in the United States opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1895? This was new information to me as I read the opening pages of The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race. This is the location where Anna develops her love of cycling, which she then takes home with her to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She decides to continue her love affair and is aided by various family members and friends, but there is opposition from both men and other women. Not everyone is as they seem, however, and some people oppose for reasons which have nothing to do with her personally.

  • I liked a sub-plot about an African-American woman Anna meets who’s sick and needs help with her three children and with finding out what happened to her husband after he left to find work two years ago. It was interesting as Peter got involved and what they ultimately discovered. Hattie had some very good advice about choosing who or what you’re going to worship, whether it’s God or other people’s approval.

  • Cover to cover, could not put it down, hated to turn the lights off, 344 pages of exhilaration! Mike Mizrahi’s The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race delivers so much more than expected! One presumes to simply read about a bicycle race, but the book is so much more! There are strong characters, a bit of deception, some bad guys, some good guys and some wow! It is difficult to believe women actually dealt with this kind of oppression!

  • I was so excited about this book because Chattanooga is not far from me, and historical novels are one of my favorite genre to read. Mike did not disappoint! I enjoyed this book from the get-go, even though it took me a few chapters to get a good knowledge of the characters.

  • This was my first time reading any of Mike Mizrahi’s writings, so I wasn’t sure about his writing style or how I would like it, but the story and chapters flowed nicely making it a very easy read. The story held my attention the whole time and I think he did an amazing job with his characters. Once I started it didn’t take me long to finish it, so I definitely look forward to reading more from this author.

  • I appreciated the author’s thorough historical research and the time period and issues that were brought to light. I think in today’s day and age it is good to stop and take a moment or two and remember what those brave women before us had to go through just to gain the basics rights that a man had and that we now enjoy for ourselves. A thought provoking read about a struggle in history I was not aware of.

  • I enjoyed the trip back in time and when the bicycle first came on the scene. I do wish the author shared what was historical fact and what was fiction as that would have helped. The times set in the book are right on the verge of women demanding certain rights, but the budding romance for Anna has been a fun aspect to read. I hope many will enjoy the story and share it with a friend.

  • What I did find interesting were Anna’s inner thoughts. I enjoyed the development of her character and how she approached the severity of several moral dilemmas. It was interesting to see her fight for something we today wouldn’t even take a second thought about.

  • Filled with lots of interesting facts, history, adventure, and controversy this is a must read book. I really enjoyed this book.

  • This is a well-written novel filled with well-developed characters! You will be surprised by some of the twists and turns along the way! This novel was totally captivating, and will make time disappear as a mist! So only read this at bedtime if you can afford to miss some hours of sleep! This is a fabulous read!!

  • What drew me to this novel was the title. Something about the idea of a bicycle race caught my imagination and, since I also live only two hours away from Chattanooga, I thought this would be an enlightening read. It did turn out to be enjoyable, thought it took a while to get there.

  • The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi is an entertaining story that reminds us of the bravery of those who paved the way for us today. The author has done his research and seamlessly incorporates the history into the story. A little bit of romance, great characters (a few who need a good purse whomping), wise reminders for the soul, and a dash of suspense as well makes this a great pick for your next road trip!

  • What a fun read! This book was well researched and very engaging. It was a reminder of what those woman had to do to pave the way for the freedoms we are enjoying today.

  • I found it fascinating to learn about the history of cycling, along with the fight for women’s rights in the late 1800s. If you have an interest in history, cycling, the historical fight for women’s rights, you will want to check out this book.

  • “The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race” by Mike H. Mizrahi was a surprise to me. I was apprehensive about reading this for review because it didn’t look like a novel I would enjoy. However, I thought the book gave great insight into the suppression of women in the late 1800’s.

  • I enjoyed The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race. A good vacation read that will please fans of Gilbert Morris, with a unique premise and clouds from the Civil War still lingering.

  • Author Mike Mizrahi has taken an element from our Nation’s history–women riding bicycles–and wrapped within in it various layers that focus on equality.

  • Although the premise of this book sounded interesting to me, I didn’t particularly like it. It’s a book with lots of dialogue and not as much feelings and thinking and those aren’t my favorite.

  • I really enjoyed the overall idea for this book. I liked all of the history and how it showed how so many things were changing during this time. It is difficult for us to understand life so many years ago but I think the author made it intriguing.

  • I found myself laughing in parts, crying in parts, and holding my breath.I have found another must read author after reading this book. This is a wonderful book and I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Mike H. Mazrahi. I give this book 5 STARS.

  • This is an enjoyable and moving story about one woman’s pursuit for freedom during a time period in history when women were viewed as less. Less capable and less worthy. Women like Anna paved the way to the larger rights by challenging the smaller ones.

  • I am woman; hear me roar. I an woman; see me ride. That describes Anna’s Aunt Harriet. Will it soon describe Anna, too? While spending time with her aunt in Brooklyn Anna is introduced to the bicycle, pantaloons and the lifestyle of the “new woman.”

  • The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is the first book I’ve read by Mike Mizrahi. And I LOVED it. Right away I identified with the heroine, Anna, and I rooted for her all through the book as she fought for emancipated womanhood combined with women’s traditional roles.

  • The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi is a fun read about women’s rights, including the right to ride a bicycle and in bloomers none the less and the controversy that went along with this event in history.

  • The Great Chattanooga is a book written by Mike H. Mizrahi. I found it very enjoyable to read and read it quickly! As a woman, reading a book about a woman’s desire for freedom and independence in a time when women were viewed as “the lesser” was liberating. I would recommend this book to anybody! It’s wonderful!

  • This book is empowering for women. It made me proud of my ancestors that stood up for what they believe in. Anna is young and not afraid to change the way women are treated. The author did a great job bringing history to life for me. I could see Anna on her bike! Peter was also a fun character to read about. I really enjoyed the secondary plot of post slavery citizens. It was definitely a different time in history. Even though we know how history turned out, the author did a great job in making me want to read more about this time period. I am giving this book a 5/5.

  • The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is set in an exciting and riotous era in history. Dealing with feminism is a sticky issue, especially with connotation it carries in modern society. However, this book approaches the first wave, now known as Equity Feminism, exceptionally well. It describes the atmosphere for women and their rights, or lack thereof, in addition to the hostility which they faced, should they attempt to break the glass ceiling.

  • This book is a really good book.The character Anna is a really shy person and she’s like really to herself. – Overall the book is a really good book. I didn’t think I would like it if I was being honest but it was actually really interesting and I got really into it. I found myself screaming at some of the characters

  • My Thoughts About The Book: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi is an entertaining story that is set in one of my favorite time periods. It is a great story that let us see the bravery of those who stepped outside the boundries and broke societal rules to give us the freedoms we enjoy today and take for granted. I LOVED this book. This is a book you will want to share after you finish reading it. A must have for summer reading.

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