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- Print Length: 312 pages
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- Publication Date: June 3, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y7BLOO4
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By Hilary Murray
Set in 1920s New Zealand, this starts out promisingly with an ill-matched couple – the older man with money; the wife a young woman left penniless on her parents’ death. At the core of his dissatisfaction is her ‘frigidity’ and here I was reminded immediately of what Freud claimed: “There are no frigid women, only clumsy men.” (I paraphrase.)
He decides to do something radical about this – he wants ardour, and sons. (Today he’d try psychotherapy, couples counselling, or a prescription for his wife of the female Viagra. Instead, Silas Crawford returns to the brothel he frequents and sets up a contract with the Madam, Kitty Malloy, to enlist his wife among her whores while he’s away on an extended business trip.
Hopefully, she will be returned to him fully conversant in all the arts of pleasing a man and desperately wanting to be pleased by him. Yeah, right.
Kitty asks the important question: “Is your wife willing?”
Being a man, he lies.
The day before he hands Thea over, he tells her he’s off to Europe, shutting up the house, and she’s to stay with ‘a friend.’ This is not what Thea wanted – she was anticipating a few weeks of freedom from his demands. Forced to acquiesce she arrives unknowing at Kitty’s bordello, dumped their ‘for her own good.’
And so the story unfolds, intriguing in its detail, though sometimes promising more of the erotic than it actually delivers. (Perhaps Murray is relying here on the reader’s powers of imagination.)
The fellowships, and rivalry, between the girls is well done, though ultimately there’s betrayal when Thea finds a lover among the customers.
I don’t want to give away any more than that, but if you’re looking for an entertaining read on a summer beach, The Bordello Girl could be it, even if occasionally one raises an eyebrow in disbelief at the husband’s decision, because even in today’s world it can’t be common to lend your wife to a brothel for training in the marital intimacies.
Yet how could any reader help wanting to discover how that all turned out?
Review by Jenny Argante
 MURRAY, H. The Bordello Girl. New Zealand, Hilary Murray. ISBN 978-09941-254-08
The main character of the novel is young Thea Crawford, married to middle-aged man- Silas. She is surprised and outraged when he decides to put her in the bordello, so she can learn how to be a wife in the bedroom. Thea has no way to escape this horrific place and the owner of bordello- Kitty Malloy. Astonishing Thea makes friends and she falls in love with one of her customers- Darius.
Can it be a true love? Can he save her from this place and her husband she doesn't love?
Believe me, this is story that will keep you hooked from the first page!!! ( Now I would love to read Ruby and Lilith by this author)