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A Long Fatal Love Chase Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 1996
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This is a suspense/thriller. With many tragic moments and unsettling events.
A restless girl at the age of 18 desires to lead a romantic and adventureous life. The only problem is she is trapped with her grandfather in home with no visitors or diversions! Until one day a mysterious man comes to call.
Our heroine finally escapes her grandfather's clutches and leaves with this mysterious man that she know very little about. She soon discovers she does not want this much adventure so she tries to escape. Will this man let her go? Does he love her? What does he want from her?
It is so exciting and it was surprising that Louisa May Alcott could write such a book! If you enjoy a good gothic novel, that you can get wrapped up in, give this book a try.
I highly recommend this book, you won't be able to have peace of mind until you finish it!
I immediately went home and got it ordered off Amazon. The day it came, sitting so discreetly in that smiley face box on my porch, I grabbed it and ordered pizza because there was no way I was going to be cooking that night. Luckily that was Friday and I had the weekend. I finished it Saturday evening and my eyes were so tired I couldn't focus, but I closed that book with a sigh and a rapidly beating heart. Yes, our beloved LMA did indeed write a gothic romance complete with heaving chests and a ripped piece of clothing or two.
Our main character is a young and sheltered girl, Rosamond, who is loved too little by a cold and rather typical Victorian novel grandfather. She's full of life and vigor and I think a little stir crazy. She's also full of romance in her heart. We should be careful what we wish for is the refrain that was playing in my head as this story opened. And lo and behold, the romantic yet dangerously named Philip Tempest shows up at the perfect moment to capitalize on the vulnerability of the girl.
What follows is a shocking tale of obsession, stalking, helplessness and fear combined with lust. And it is exactly what the title implies; a long and fatal love chase. If I say what happens at the end I'll completely ruin it and be hated for it, but I didn't like the ending and wished it had been opposite. You'll see when you read it. It works great and is just right for the time it was written but I'm just contrary enough to wish she'd had more modern consequences and a .357 revolver.
The writing is exciting and very smooth.Read more ›
Written to be published as a serial thriller it doesn't suffer from the repetiveness of other serials that have been condensed into novels (Dickens). The plot doesn't just roll it steam rolls, there is a momentum that starts from the first page and the allusions to Mephtistopholes, already that perked my interested, him being one of the most fascinating literary figures I have yet to encounter. Alcott's version of the tempter, Tempest, does not dissapoint either. Philip Tempest is a very fully drawn character a pinch of Bronte's Heathcliff, but with more realism. Rosamund, the heroine is no Catherine however, while spirited she is at heart a very good person, inspiring dedication to all of those who posesses goodness as well.
Time is a blur, a year passes between on chapter in the next in one instance. The ending is a powerful portrait in words. And it ends in a way that even with is tragicalness has a note of triump in it, for good and right. By far for me, the best character was Father Ignatius, classical hero in disguise as a monk. His vows keeping his love for Rosamund at bay, at the same time strengthening her love for him. In each other they are idealy matched and that is what ultimately drives Tempest to his last desperate act.
This book is great for sucking your attention from pretty much everything else, like sleeping while you are turning its pages, it was great,and I would reccomended it to others most certainly. People who liked the darkness of the Brontes will appreciate this (I don't like the Brontes so much, but this book is excellent).
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By and large, the popular women’s fiction of the Victorian era had two broad subdivisions: one in which the heroine either ended up happily married or reforming her erring... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chrijeff
I read this for a Literature of the Romantics class, and ended up finishing it in a matter of hours. This is not the Louisa May Alcott I was raised with- this is so much better! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elle Burkhart
Although I loved Little Women, I was not as impressed by this Alcott novel. I found the female character too much of a victim, despite some of her spunkiness. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barbara MacKinnon
I loved Alcott's "Little Women" and its sequels, and for the longest time had no idea that she wrote other books as well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marica_T
Many readers, upon seeing the name Louisa May Alcott, are transported back to safe and secure memories of happy young ladies growing up in a nurturing home environment, as they... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alexander Gaya
I read this book for a Women's Writer, and it was one of my favorite book read in the whole class. It really shows the innocence of how you could fall in love with someone and they... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephanie
Published a century after the author's death this action-packed novel is a veritable thriller--the sort of tale she first yearned to write--until she was advised to write about... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Plume45