My ruse would only work if everyone believed it. Silence was part of my ploy. I’d only just obtained safety; I ‘d not risk it.
A historical fiction during the time of President Lincoln’s death. Mary Lincoln suffered from depression and was sent to a house facility that cared for women with mental issues. Mary Lincoln is not the main character but a she is brought in a good light to the protagonist Isabelle Larkin who has come to Bellevue sanitarium under a false pretense.
Isabelle Larkin is a confident young woman engaged to be married Gregory Gallagher. He is ambitious young man that Isabelle feels proud to be by his side. Everything changes when she witnesses a side of Gregory that no one has ever seen. When she tries to tell her mother the truth of Gregory, her mother does not support her and accuses her of lying. Now Isabelle fears for her life and fakes her mental health. Her mother fears that her daughter’s engagement is in jeopardy and has her daughter taken to Bellevue. It is at Bellevue that Isabelle meets the famed Mary Lincoln and with her help and friendship, Isabelle fights to get her life back.
A clean read that was interesting and engaging. The plot pulled you along but was not overly intense. Isabelle’s character was easy to like has she was vulnerable but also took risks at a time where women were not taken seriously.
A Special Thank You to Kensington Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC an the opportunity to post an honest review.