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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional and haunting, 24 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Madness of a Seduced Woman (Paperback)
I have just finished reading this book and from the very first page I was unable to put it down and have stayed up until the early hours of the morning to finish it.
From the first page, Fromberg Schaeffer draws you into the quiet village of North Chittenden, Vermont and into the life and mind of Agnes Dempster, a young girl living in this quiet village with her mother, father and eccentric grandmother.

A nervous and affected child from the start, Fromberg Schaeffer writes an emotional and entirely believable account of a woman driven mad by the all-consuming love she has for the stonecutter she sees on the journey from the town in which she grew up to the exciting city of Montpelier, to which she 'escapes' her dull life and her family. Agnes writes in her account, looking back over the years, her descent into madness and the awful consequence of her passionate and dangerous love for Frank the stonecutter whom she believes her soul was born for after she sees his silhouette as he leaves a burning building carrying in his arms the small child he has saved from the fire.

I found this book captivating and extremely emotionally involving. You cannot help but love and empathise with Agnes despite the terrible act she commits.

If there was something wrong with the book however, it would be the latter section of the book when the people of Montpelier learn of what has happened and side with Agnes almost immediately despite what she has done. It is feasible for the reader to feel this way towards Agnes but I found it a little hard to believe (and quite disconcerting) that the many people at the trial and Agnes' lawyers' wife and daughters 'side' with Agnes despite the fact that she did not know many of the people in the city and was quite new to it in comparison to the other girl who was the daughter of the owner of the well-known shop in the city and whom everyone knew and loved .
Also I would like to have seen a section after the book to include details of the young woman on whom this account was based and some of the authors' comments on the story of the 'real' Agnes' life and how she wrote the book.

I would definitely recommend this book to all, this story will stay in my mind for a very long time.
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