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Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I must say that I did enjoy reading this book. I entered into the “world” that the author was portraying very innocently. I have heard of Edgar Allan Poe and, of course, I had some knowledge of his famous poem, The Raven. However, I did not know much more about him, nor his wife, or his mistress, Frances Osgood. I think this allowed me the ability to be engulfed by the story / theory that the author had created about this time in their lives. I didn’t have “facts” sitting in my brain to conflict with what I was reading.
The author, Lynn Cullen, was able to write the story through the eyes of Frances Osgood in such a way that I found myself getting involved with the story and the characters. I could feel frustration that Frances felt with Reverend Griswold and his hatred/jealousy of Poe or with the dreadful nosey Mrs. Ellet causing unnecessary drama for all. I was also able to feel the elation that Frances felt when she had a brief moment to spend with her heart’s desire, Poe.
The story does have a slight dark side. Then again, I’m not sure if one could have a happy go lucky story involving Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t let this stop you. Enjoy the book!
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