Historical novel full of sordid details draws you in

Published: March 16 2014 | 7:00 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:40 am in

In Erika Robuck’s tale, you will find passion, intrigue, romance, and feel a sizzling energy during a difficult time in two women’s lives.

First, is Laura, daughter of a dressmaker who suddenly dies and must find a way to take over the business. In the meantime, her sister is planning to marry an upcoming political figure and Laura has just found out she is pregnant with her lover’s child.

The other woman goes by many names, including Vincent, but is really Edna St. Vincent Millay, the famous poet. She and her husband live a “progressive” life in the mountains near a small village in upstate New York. They have lots of wild parties that include sex and alcohol. People of the community are horrified and have shunned Millay as well as anyone who takes part in the wild parties.

Each chapter we are told the story from both Laura’s and Vincent’s perspective. I was mainly interested in Laura’s story. She had a deep care and concern for others and was passionate about her clothing designs. Vincent, on the other hand, was selfish, dramatic and narcissistic. I am not a huge poetry fan, but for those that are, they will appreciate that Millay’s poems are sprinkled throughout the story.

As we travel through these two women’s lives, we are treated to heartache and love, growth and change. The book grew on me as I turned the pages. If you can get past the sordid life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, you will find much about this novel to love.

Read more reviews by Stacie Gorkow at Sincerelystacie.com.

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