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The Beloved

Written by Alison Rattle

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Historical Fiction True Stories

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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. 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...

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Escape from a bullying mother takes one young woman to an even more dangerous place.   A constant disappointment to all but her beloved father, Alice Angel 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?

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ISBN: 9781471403798
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471403798
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Alison Rattle
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction, True Stories

About Alison Rattle

Alison Rattle grew up in Liverpool, and now lives in a medieval house in Somerset with her three teenage children, her partner - a carpenter - an extremely naughty Jack Russell and a ghost cat. She has co-authored a number of non-fiction titles on subjects as diverse as growing old, mad monarchs, how to boil a flamingo, the history of America and the biography of a nineteenth-century baby killer. She has worked as a fashion designer, a production controller, a painter and decorator, a barmaid, and now owns and runs a vintage tea room. A Q&A with Alison ...

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