Wow! Okay, I was so enraptured by this story. This is a historical fiction, mystery, paranormal mash-up that I couldn’t put down! I loved that it was based on the life and death of a woman, and how the author took the historical information and created this whole fleshed out story!
I had so many theories about what was going to happen, and I was just wrong over and over. I loved how the story ended, but it took me a few days to make peace with it. I had some ideas of things I wanted to happen, but in the end, I was happy with the author’s choices.
I would recommend this one for readers who enjoy historical fiction with some feminism notes and a murder!
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The Lovely Bones meets the Wild, Wild West in this haunting tale inspired by a true story.
Pregnant out of wedlock, sixteen-year-old Annie Moore is sent to live at a convent for fallen women. When the nuns take her baby, Annie escapes, determined to find a way to be reunited with her daughter. But few rights or opportunities are available to a woman in the 1860s, and after failing to find a respectable job, she resorts to prostitution in order to survive.
As a highly sought-after demi-mondaine, Annie—now Bessie—garners many expensive gifts from her admirers and eventually meets and marries the son of a wealthy jeweler, a traveling salesman with a gambling problem. With her marriage, she believes her dream of returning to proper society has finally come true. She’s proven wrong when she suffers the ultimate betrayal at the hands of the man she thought would be her salvation. But Bessie doesn’t let her story end there.
Set against the backdrop of the burgeoning women’s rights movement, The Lives of Diamond Bessie is a captivating tale of betrayal and redemption that explores whether seeking revenge is worth the price you might pay.
Just the Facts:
The Lives of Diamond Bessie by Jody Hadlock
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pub Date: April 5, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.