- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494398923
- ISBN-13: 978-1494398927
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I knew Alexa Wilding only as a name before I read this book. Now, she's a real person. Accurately portrayed? I'm not sure, but this is a good read, all the same. I would've chosen a different ending, which is why I give the book a 4 rather than a 5.
I enjoyed the obsessional Rossetti with his self-sacrifice to beauty; I loved the formidable Fanny Cornforth with the soft centre that she could never quite conceal; I enjoyed the descriptive details of dress and fabrics, buildings and furnishings, all contrasted with the background of deprivation in the backstreets of London; I even enjoyed the cads who pursued Alexa for her beauty, and the women who kept her dangerous attractions at arm’s length behind the barrier of class and social convention whenever her presence made them feel uncomfortable or threatened.
This is a refreshing and original approach to the subject which would appeal not only to those with some prior knowledge of the Pre-Raphaelites, but to the general reader also, due to its easy and intimate style. Above all, it is a tale of how beauty, whether on canvas or in the flesh, is so often tossed about, manipulated and raised to the heights by those who forget in the rush for exploitation the real origins of the commodity itself, the individual housed within. Here, we get to see beneath the surface - a story, therefore, as relevant today in our celebrity-obsessed world, as it was all those years ago amid the madly conflicting values of Victorian England.
Something to note: This novel is also available as a softcover book, which is the version I own. I'm uncertain why the Kindle page for this book isn't linked to it, for readers who prefer print format over electronic.
It's so beautifully written. From the first sentence, Kirsty provides Alexa with a strong voice. We are swept into Rossetti's strange world right along with her and it's a maddening ride. Definitely 5 stars.