Imagine a world in which you as a woman have no rights, only those your husband chooses to give you. And disagreeing with him could cost you your freedom. This is the world our heroine , Iris Dunleavy, finds herself living. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, author Kathy Hepinstall
weaves a compelling tale of war, madness and the quest to be free.
After her Virginia plantation owner husband accuses her of insanity, Iris Dunleavy is sent to Sanibel Asylum to be rehabilitated into a "good wife". Wrongly convicted, Iris sets out to convince the supervising physician that she is sane. When she sees this is an impossibility she plans her escape, until she meets fellow patient Ambrose, a kind hearted Confederate soldier whose chivalrous ways and gentle eyes cause Iris to change her plans.
Ms. Hepinstall's novel is wrought full of colorful characters and complex circumstances that build to tell an explosive story. This novel is a real page turner with unexpected twists around every corner and a surprising but satisfying ending. This would be an excellent choice for your book club , especially for all you history buffs. This novel would invoke lively conversation and thoughtful speculation about what defines "crazy". The author's website has a few suggestions and I know some of you book club gals could have fun with this.
I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Asylum and would highly recommend it. Be sure and add it to your summer reading list and do consider it for you next book club pick.
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