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Writers: Louisa May Alcott

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    Forget Heathcliff and Catherine, THIS is a bloody good romance, lol...

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    I grew up reading books by writers such as Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) and L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)...these books remain some of my favorites, due to the simple enchantment they weave with the descriptions of a more peaceful, near-idyllic life...as I got older and reread these books with a more critical eye, I often wondered to myself what the original versions of these might have been - were these books presented the way their authors intended? What if they been sanitized by editors/publishers, anxious not to warp young impressionable female minds? (At the risk of sounding sexist, I don't think either series were specifically published with the young male audience in mind)...And finally, if these women were 'let off the leash', what else might they write? Enter 'A Long Fatal Love Chase'... I cannot recommend this book highly enough...seriously... It's so enjoyable - passionate seduction, cruel betrayal, murder, bigamy, famous heroes and a dangerous, sw...I grew up reading books by writers such as Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) and L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)...these books remain some of my favorites, due to the simple enchantment they weave with the descriptions of a more peaceful, near-idyllic life...as I got older and reread these books with a more critical eye, I often wondered to myself what the original versions of these might have been - were these books presented the way their authors intended? What if they been sanitized by editors/publishers, anxious not to warp young impressionable female minds? (At the risk of sounding sexist, I don't think either series were specifically published with the young male audience in mind)...And finally, if these women were 'let off the leash', what else might they write? Enter 'A Long Fatal Love Chase'... I cannot recommend this book highly enough...seriously... It's so enjoyable - passionate seduction, cruel betrayal, murder, bigamy, famous heroes and a dangerous, swoon-worthy villain...it's all here and Alcott pushes her tale (and her heroine) to the very brink... Don't read this for literary merit - though it might provide interesting comparisons to other romances penned by women at the time...just read it for pure pleasure's sake and get ready to swoon, cry and tremble alongside Rosamond Vivian, as she seeks to escape the controlling (yet so sexy!) clutches of Philip Tempest... I mean, come on, seriously, how could you NOT read a book where the anti-hero's name is Tempest? Sooooooo great :) (more)

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