4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Atmospheric and emotional,
This review is from: The Painted Bridge (Hardcover)
Effortlessly shot through with impressive research, The Painted Bridge is a beautifully written portrait of a time when women were locked away for not toeing the line.
The author's stylish prose drew me in from the start and as the story unfolded , I became immersed in the sense of imprisonment and disempowerment which must have experienced by women similar to the central character, Anna, in the 1850s.
I felt it was about how we may - even today - not necessarily have control over how we are perceived and how others treat us, that circumstance, as well as era, can choose to give a Reverend respect yet a strong woman like Anna is so easily dismissed as barmy, also how women can help as well as hurt each other.
Nothing is spelt out, and there's every reason to read on, one of those books where the reader feels they've played a part filling in between the lines instead of having everything spelt out. Satisfying, educational and emotional. Strongly recommended.