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The Beloved

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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?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 19mm | 248g
  • Hot Key Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1471403793
  • 9781471403798
  • 1,559,583

About Alison Rattle

Alison grew up in Liverpool, and now lives in a medieval house in Somerset with her three children, her husband - 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 travelling vintage tea room. Alison has also published three previous YA books about young Victorian women with Hot Key Books - The Quietness, The Beloved and The Madness. Follow Alison at www.alisonrattle.com or on Twitter: @alisonrattleshow more

Review quote

An excellent work of historical fiction perfectly written for teenagers. * We Love This Book (PRAISE FOR THE QUIETNESS) * This is an absolutely compelling read . . . well-written and thought-provoking -- Elizabeth Baskeyfield * School Library Association *show more

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