Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott

Talk about seriously loving someone to death.

Rosamond was brought up by her reclusive grandfather who showed her no love or compassion. So she was primed for Philip Tempest to sweep in and offer her love and adventure like no other. Rosamond willingly follows Philip into the freedom he seems to offer. However, as she learns more about Tempest, she sees that freedom isn’t really what she’s found. But Rosamond is stronger and more resilient than anyone gives her credit for. As the book flap says “Remarkable for its portrayal of the sensuality and spirit of its Victorian heroine, A Long Fatal Love Chase, tells a compulsive tale of love, desire, and deceit.”

This book took me a bit to get into. Okay. Quite a bit…as in the first half of the book. Once I reached around midpoint, though, I was really engaged in the tale and attached to Rosemond’s character. I was amazed by her character and ability to rebound from the tragedies she faced. That she continued to stand for good and what was right even when her heart wanted evil and what was harmful to her. Such constancy.

It was melodramatic at parts and a bit ridiculous at others. But once you muddle through the first half, the rest is captivating and difficult to put down.

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