The Beloved

The Beloved

How did I get it?:
Received from Hot Key Books, many thanks to them!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Quietness
The Madness

Synopsis:

Escape from a bullying mother takes one young woman to an even more dangerous place.

Alice Angel has known only a life of rules, restriction and punishments as she strays from the rigid path of Victorian proprietary that her mother has set out for her. A constant disappointment to all but her doting father, she longs for the day that she might break free from the stifling atmosphere of her mother’s rule.

After a chance encounter with a charming stranger, and a final incident with her family that sees her condemned to the madhouse, Alice sees her opportunity to run and grasps it with both hands. She escapes to join the Agapemonites in their Abode of Love, where ex-Reverend Henry Prince rules his isolated colony of women as their Beloved. Prince ignites a passion in Alice that she never knew existed, and she dares to think she might be free at last.

But as Alice becomes more deeply drawn into the life of Prince’s strange religious sect, secrets are revealed that seem to hint at a darker nature lurking behind the man’s charm. Instead of freedom, is Alice in fact more trapped, alone and in danger than ever before?

Thoughts:

Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve absolutely loved and devoured every single one of her books so far. Her writing just draws me in. I don’t want to ramble on and on and get all incoherent so just believe me when I say she is a superb writer who I think every YA lover should read, especially those who are into historical fiction. Alison writes historical fiction so very well.

The Beloved tells the story of Alice Angel who is treated awfully by her mother. All Alice has ever known is a life of misery, punishment and a very regimented lifestyle. Alice’s mother insists that Alice needs to be institutionalised to deal with her behaviour… after an incident at home and an encounter with a stranger, Alice escapes the family home and joins Henry Prince in his Abode of Love. Henry Prince is known as The Beloved, he rules a colony of isolated women who go to him for guidance. Alice believes that she will have freedom with Henry, but in fact she’s moved from one prison to another and is possibly in more trouble than she was before!

I couldn’t put this book down, I nearly missed my stop on my commute to university. I was just wrapped up in the world that Alison has created. I felt for Alice, and hated those that got in her way. The Beloved is a dark piece of historical fiction. It’s creepy and atmospheric. Another excellent book from Alison Rattle!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

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