Blue Asylum

Blue Asylum

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A first-rate choice for fans of intelligent historical romances.--Library Journal, starred review

Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Iris Dunleavy is put on trial by her husband, convicted of madness, and sent to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a compliant Virginia plantation wife. But her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing on notions of cruelty and property.

On this remote Florida island, Iris meets a wonderful collection of inmates in various states of sanity, including Ambrose Weller, a Confederate soldier haunted by war, whose dark eyes beckon to her. Can love in such a place be real? Can they escape, and will the war have left any way--any place--for them to make a life together?


An absorbing story that explores both the rewards and perils of love, pride, and sanity.--Publishers Weekly

With Blue Asylum, Hepinstall presents the reader with the rare and delicious quandary of whether to race through and find out what happens to her characters or to linger over her vivid, beautifully crafted sentences. For me, the only resolution was to read it twice. --Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke

A gripping story of love and madness in the midst of the Civil War--I couldn't put it down!--Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 18mm | 249g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0544002229
  • 9780544002227
  • 731,615

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"A first-rate choice for fans of intelligent historical romances." Library Journal, starred review

Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Iris Dunleavy is put on trial by her husband, convicted of madness, and sent to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a compliant Virginia plantation wife. But her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing on notions of cruelty and property.

On this remote Florida island, Iris meets a wonderful collection of inmates in various states of sanity, including Ambrose Weller, a Confederate soldier haunted by war, whose dark eyes beckon to her. Can love in such a place be real? Can they escape, and will the war have left any way any place for them to make a life together?


"An absorbing story that explores both the rewards and perils of love, pride, and sanity." Publishers Weekly

"With Blue Asylum, Hepinstall presents the reader with the rare and delicious quandary of whether to race through and find out what happens to her characters or to linger over her vivid, beautifully crafted sentences. For me, the only resolution was to read it twice." Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke

"A gripping story of love and madness in the midst of the Civil War I couldn t put it down!" Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House



KATHY HEPINSTALL is the author of the best-selling The House of Gentle Men and The Absence of Nectar, as well as The Prince of Lost Places. She grew up in Texas.



Author photograph (c) Melinda Kanipe
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Review quote

What sets Blue Asylum apart is Hepinstall's luscious prose and the tension within each character that keeps the reader maddeningly off balance...Hepinstall makes inspired use of the Civil War as a means to explore notions of freedom, courage and, especially, opposing principals that both prevent and create change. Battle scenes, glimpsed briefly in Ambrose's excruciating flashbacks, deliver knockout punches of quiet horror all the more affecting for their subtlety.
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution



A fine novel embroidered with rich imagery.
--Kirkus Reviews



Features excellent pacing and strong character development that animate not only the inmates at the Sanibel Asylum but the characters from the preasylum lives of Iris and Ambrose. A first-rate choice for fans of intelligent historical romances.
--Library Journal, starred review



Hepinstall exquisitely illustrates the fate of societal outsiders in this richly compelling Civil War-era tale of the former mistress of a Virginia plantation, now confined to a beautiful island asylum, and her burgeoning love for a traumatized Confederate soldier... Deftly interweaving past and present, Hepinstall sets the struggles of her characters against the rigidity of a traditional Southern society and the brutality of war in an absorbing story that explores both the rewards and perils of love, pride, and sanity itself.
--Publishers Weekly



A deep sense of the natural world, often-lyrical prose, and some touches of southern Gothic help carry along this tale of obsession and redemption.
--Booklist



With Blue Asylum, Kathy Hepinstall presents the reader with the rare and delicious quandary of whether to race through and find out what happens to her characters or to linger over her vivid, beautifully crafted sentences. For me, the only resolution was to read it twice.
--Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke



Blue Asylum is a gripping story of love and madness in the midst of the Civil War--I couldn't put it down!
--Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House



Blue Asylum casts a spell that keeps the reader turning pages as if in a trance. The language is lyrical but the plot is taut and compelling. The horrors of the Civil War are made real and specific in the story of the wounded soldier and the persecuted wife who find love and hope in the unlikely setting of a supposedly enlightened insane asylum on an isolated island in the Deep South. Kathy Hepinstall is a master storyteller in full command of her craft.
--Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means
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About Kathy Hepinstall

KATHY HEPINSTALL is the author of the best-selling novels The House of Gentle Men and The Absence of Nectar, as well as Prince of Lost Places. She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer. She was born in Texas.
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Rating details

5,576 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 17% (952)
4 40% (2,230)
3 33% (1,821)
2 8% (464)
1 2% (109)
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