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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic romantic madness, 19 Nov 2013
This review is from: Unfashioned Creatures (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed the easy start to this book, drawn by the helpless situation in which the main character 'Bella' was entrenched. Set in a time when women were treated with opiates for their hysteria this book sums up the total madness of the period, (forgive the pun)where depression follows romantic expectations that fall apart. I thought how shocking it was that the women in this book searching for true romance become invovled with their untrustworhty men, who fail them, each and every time. I sensed the guilty defiance from Bella feeling trapped in a marraige dripping with disapproval from society and her shame of having a mad man for a husband. But it was not clear to me who was really mad, Bella or her husband and this was the hook that had me reading on. The second character, Alex, is no better in his relationships in my opinion. His ambition is pure professional recognition for his study of madness, which runs in his family. But it was the meeting of Bella and Alex, why and how, which led me on towards reading to the very end. An end which I disapproved of. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy the Gothic dark and unstable romantic tragedies of mad women. The writing and use of language come across brilliantly, although I think I spotted one or two modern words that seemed out of place. A good read for the dark winter nights.
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