Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘The Virgin Cure’ by Amy McKay

The Virgin Cure

by Amy McKay


Pub. Date:   June 26, 2012

Book received from: Publisher via TLC Book Tours


Genre:  Adult Historical Fiction

Cover:  Perfect- captures the feel of the story, as well as a specific importance within

Characters:  Perfectly penned and voiced

Worth the read?  Absolutely- do not miss this one

Favorite quote:

“Sometimes, for a moment, everything is just as you need it to be.  The memories of such moments live in the heart, waiting for the time you need to think of them, if only to remind yourself that for a short while, everything had been fine, and might be so again. ”


The Virgin Cure tells the story of 12-year-old Moth, a girl struggling to find her way within and out of the tenements of Lower Manhattan in 1871.  After her father leaves her, her mother sells her to a woman as a maid, and she struggles for her own survival in the midst of a city that ignored the problems of the orphans living on the streets, Moth finds ways to navigate the dangers present in her life.  She soon becomes enchanted with the lives of the high-class whores, and finds herself in the keep of a madam who specializes in negotiating the virginity of those in her care.  Moth must decide if the price is worth her giving part of herself up, or if the consequences are too steep, as the life that can be offered to her is more enticing than ever.

Moth’s story is told from her perspective, as a journal account, of sorts, with notes interspersed throughout by Dr. Sadie, a woman doctor who took special interest in Moth, while struggling in her own position in life.  Newspaper articles and other snippets of the times also add to the depth and historical significance of the book.  However, after reading the notes from the author in the end, and learning that Dr. Sadie was a real woman, it increased the impact of a story that already left room for little more.

McKay is able to draw the reader into the gritty, dirty world of New York (and many other cities at the time) in the late 19th century, while delivering a character that conveyed the vulnerability underneath it all.  Children like moth lived a life that was far beyond their years, and faced realities that never should have been- realizing that innocence was one of the greatest commodities.  The world that is created is sure to remind one of that of Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and delivers the story with the same honesty of the situations at hand.  What stands out is the focus on women’s issues and sexuality, and McKay does not hold back to spare the reader.

The Virgin Cure is a beautifully lyrical read that manages to capture the harshness and the vulnerability of the time.  The voice of Moth immediately draws the reader into her world, and does not let go even after the story if finished and the book is closed.  After reading this, there is no way you will be unchanged.  Even the smallest of achievements Moth makes, will have you holding on to the same hope that she is trying to maintain.  There is nothing within the pages that will allow one to ignore the story being told- it grabs you and holds you down until you feel what she feels.  It is a true accomplishment and a wonderful addition to historical fiction, as well as the story of the struggles women have faced to get even this far.


Harper has generously offered a copy of ‘The Virgin Cure’ for one lucky reader.  To be entered, simply comment below & tell me what appeals to you about this book, with your e-mail address in the comment.   
Must be at least 17-years-old and live in the US/CAN.  I will pick a winner by random July 30, 2012.


Check out the entire blog tour calendar.

‘The Virgin Cure can be purchased at, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Amy McKay, go to her website here.


22 thoughts on “Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘The Virgin Cure’ by Amy McKay

  1. I love good historical fiction and really want to read this one. I also like the aspect of it being the voice of a young girl.

  2. I really like historical fiction and this one sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  3. In most historical fiction we see the period through the eyes of the well-to-do. This book gives us a much different perspective. I would love to read this book.

  4. I love historical fiction. This being told from the twelve year girl’s perspective should be very interesting. thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  5. Well apart from the fact that I enjoy reading historical novels, ‘The Virgin Cure’ sounds like it would be a powerful and emotional story considering Moth is just 12 and considering prostitution to overcome her situation. The story sounds incredible.
    Thank you very much for the chance to win a copy of the book.


  6. I am interested in the femininity of the book and how Moth comes to terms with becoming a woman under such extraordinary circumstances.

  7. I live in NY and I love reading stories set here. And I wonder where the heck the parents got the name Moth from. And what could the mother be thinking when she sold Moth?
    Lauren @ Mommabears Book Blog
    Lmackesy @

  8. I am a historical fiction junkie and old New York is one of my favorite settings. The cover for this book is beautiful and I don’t think I’ve read anything set in New York with a premise quite like this one!

  9. I like historical fiction and especially a book that “and does not let go even after the story if finished and the book is closed”! This story sounds so compelling and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

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