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The Essex Serpent – Review

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Set in 1890’s Victorian England and tells the tale of love, between friends, husband and wife and other acquaintances. Cora, a widow who had a miserable, cruel marriage and her ‘odd’ son, Will, a parson with a beautiful, ill wife who has an obsession with the colour blue, Luke, Spencer, Katherine and Charles, all a mix from vastly different backgrounds. This is such a beautifully written novel and while there is no great plot, there is the Essex Serpent and the hysteria it caused. Sarah Perry has written a tale of people, life and love in its many forms. I loved it and it’s one of those books that touch your soul a little

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Cara’s Asylum-Review

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Cara is a troubled young girl who is left at Calm Springs by her father. She is then in the care of Alex, a caring intern only a few years older than she is. Alex fights his feelings of attraction to Cara and strives to provide psychological analysis to help her. She doesn’t make it easy and brings his own deeply buried trauma to the surface, forcing him to come to terms, with not only Cara’s problems, but his own.

Elsa Harrow’s novel is about two damaged people meeting as doctor and patient and gives an insight into the world in an mental health institution.

This is quite fast-paced, and the chemistry between Cara and Alex is well written, but it is a little unbelievable for such an unprofessional relationship to develop in such an environment. However, it’s still an enjoyable read.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review    @brwpublisher