Mrs. Poe by Lynne Cullen

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Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen was an interesting book. I didn’t really know what I expected. I enjoy historical fiction, but I have no opinion in regards to Poe. I studied his writing in college and then taught a few of his pieces when I taught high school English, but I never really enjoyed his works. I also had no idea about Frances Osgood. A friend recommended this book, so I read it.

For me, the first sign of a good book is one that I think about when I am not reading it. Then I want a book that is hard to put down. It makes it easy to drown out the rest of the world. This book delivered on all three accounts. From the very beginning, I was pulled into the story. The author creates vivid descriptions making it easy to be a part of this story. It is obvious the author researched the events and people in the story, but she doesn’t bog the reader down in backstory or in “telling” us everything she learned. She “shows” us the passion and complexities of this time and these two people who struggled with forbidden love. I enjoyed the story and didn’t focus too much on the history.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Victorian Romance and or historical fiction.

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