A Long Fatal Love Chase
by Louisa May Alcott
“I’d gladly sell my soul to Satan for a year of freedom,” cries Rosamond Vivian to her callous grandfather. A brooding stranger seduces her from the remote island onto his yacht. Trapped in a web of intrigue, cruelty, and deceit, she flees to Italy, France, Germany, from Paris garret to mental asylum, from convent to chateau – stalked by obsessed Phillip Tempest.
Two years before Little Women, serialized in a magazine under the alias A.M. Barnard in 1866, this was buried among the author’s papers over a century.
Rosamond Vivian was a restless 18 year old girl, trapped in her grandfather’s home for years, with no one to see nor visit her in the island. She had always wanted to experience life outside, to fall in love and to take on adventures one day at a time. But it wasn’t possible in her situation.
Until Philip Tempest tempted her. Mysterious, charming and attractive, Rosamond easily fell for his charms and finally managed to escape her grandfather’s clutches, even if she knew nothing about him. Soon, she discovered the harsh reality of the outside world, the dark and ugly truth about the man who “saved” him, and the realization about forbidden love that could destroy her once and for all.
I’ve read Little Women decades ago and it had always been my favorite book by Louisa May Alcott. This time, this controversial novel that was unearthed a century after the author’s death, was such a surprise to me. A Long Fatal Love Chase is darker, more dangerous, more wicked and more heart pounding. No wonder it was banned during its early publication in the 1800s.
I was still able to finish this book despite the heart attacks it caused me at midnight. Rosamund got it bad, struggled in pain and embarrassment, but still proved to everyone that only she was able to save herself. Reminded me a lot of Jo (from Little Women).