Part romance, part historic intrigue, and part biography, the story follows Alexander Pope and the possible events that inspired him to write his famous poem "The Rape of the Lock". The author did a fantastic job of researching the facts of Pope's life and creating compelling, believable characters from them. Anyone who enjoys high society of London in the 1700s, historic fiction, and historical romance should give this a read.
I would have rated it 4 stars, but the dialogue felt a little flat to me.
I found this a little hard going at times - perhaps the number of varied characters made it move a little slowly for my taste. Overall though, it was an interesting story, and I was surprised to read in the afterword that all the people in the book actually lived in England in the 1700s - some colourful characters amongst them!
Alexander Pope finds that he has a ringside view of a sex scandal between a titled peer and a flirtatious young woman who is desperate to find a husband this season or be labeled a spinster. While the passions heat up between the two, with too many graphic descriptions and jarring language, society presses the couple into separation. When her lover publicly humiliates her, she realizes that it is over at the worse possible moment and she loses face. But she will always be remembered as the lovely Belinda in Pope?s celebrated poem, ?The Rape of the Lock?.
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