- Publisher: Paragon House; First Edition edition (1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557786267
- ISBN-13: 978-1557786265
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,051,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost Love Paperback – 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is good. It has been criticized for quoting too much from the court transcripts but I like to read the original words. You will gain a lot of insight into Victorian morality and how that view shaded justice at the time.
This is a true case and one of the most fascinating true crime stories in American history. George Cooper had great material to work with. However, instead of 'writing' a book, he simply threw letters, legal documents, and newspaper articles at us.
The job of a writer is to take those materials, distill them, and write them up in an entertaining fashion. Lost Love is like looking through a researcher's file folders. It's still interesting, but it's not a book.
The author encloses letters among the main characters involved in this bitter love triangle but without explanation or passion in explaining why we should read about this case.
The author also encloses newspaper article accounts from the time period. Again, there is a little explanation. I was truly dumbfounded that I just read the book anyway even though I didn't enjoy it. I felt that Abby Sage's horrible marriage and love affair went totally undefined by the author. There were bits and pieces about her abusive marriage to her husband but I never understood her or her husband or her lover.
I just felt that this book could have had so much to offer and fell too short.