Louisa may Alcott is perhaps best known for 'Little Women' and perhaps you are already turning away, not a big fan of this classic story. I wasn't either, in fact 'Little Women' was one of the few books that bored me to death. So when a friend recommended 'A Long Fatal Love Chase' I waved it aside, thinking it would be on a similar scale to Alcott's previous works.
I was surprised, impressed, thrilled and excited when I finally settled down to read this book. Deemed 'too risqué' to be published during Alcott's life, its only been fairly recently that this book has gained attention. It is nothing at all like her previous work, and on its merits alone I have become a fan of this author.
Taking your average love story, that of a young girl desperate for love, and the man who adores her, Alcott preceded to knock every love story on its heel. She brought forth all the dark mystery, gothic settings, angst, terror, thrills and cold reality of how love can go so terrably awry.
It began with a young girl and her desperate desire to leave behind the prison of dreary existance and escape into the unknown. Our Heroine makes a bold and reckless plea to sell her soul if needed, and low and behold a dark stranger arrives. he falls passionately in love with her, and she with him. However not everything is as it seems, and as she realizes her mistake and tries to correct it, she discovers herself in a maze from which there is no escape. An epic chase across continents ensues, with the reader waiting breathless. You silently cheer your heroine forward, even as your terrified gaze see's her obsessed lover drawing closer.
While a bit slow to start, the story draws you forward with a steady pull, you can't stop turing pages, your emotions run wild as each new threat is discovered. You grow with the girl, seeing her character change and shape her into a woman, you watch in silent dread as your hero becomes your villian, and in the end you close the book feeling as if you've just witnessed the greatest love chase in history.
So even if your not a fan of this era, or of this author, give this book a chance, settle down (perferably with lightening and thunder crashing in the background) and grab a steaming mug of cocoa. You won't be able to stop reading till the last page throws you a surprise you didn't see coming.
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