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Atropa Belladonna

Atropa Belladonna

9K Reads 446 Votes 14 Part Story
Rose Gluck By rosegluckwriter Completed

Atropa Belladonna Book Summary

Eve has recovered from the devastating aftermath of an obsessive affair. She appears to have established a new life with a loving, surrogate family where she can raise her lover Jeff's illegitimate son and secure her reputation. As she embarks on an independent life, Jeff writes to tell her he's been recently widowed and asks Eve to marry him. After tragedy strikes again, Eve is drawn back into his orbit. She moves to Chicago and begins a  new life as his wife. Before long she finds herself trapped by his violence. Fearing the worst, she devises a plan to save herself and her children. Atropa Belladonna poetically illustrates the complexities of love, marriage and abuse in the context of the 1950s family.

 ***Atropa Belladonna is a sequel to Exuberance Is Beauty, my historical novel set in the late 1940s. While Atropa Belladonna is a stand alone novel, it does reveal the plot details and the ending of Exuberance Is Beauty very early in the book.

I'm still annoyed that Jeff isn't getting any stick for manipulating her whilst she was depressed, only for beating and raping her.  Carmen is so bloody judgemental.
countrytom countrytom Apr 20, 2016
Here we go again.  Jeff has an unquenchable need to dominate and own another person be cause of his self loathing.  Eve has an unquenchable need to be dominated and owned to validate he self worth. Good tete a tete faceoff.
chrisred14 chrisred14 Dec 17, 2015
Good lord! This is so intense, I am in love! Off to the next chapter!
thumandgloom thumandgloom Sep 16, 2015
As usual the prose is beautiful. I'm deeply concerned for eve and as you can see from my inline comments sympathize with carmens pov. I expect to be surprised.
thumandgloom thumandgloom Sep 16, 2015
This is an excellent moment because it's exactly how I feel as a reader. Like Carmen, I can't understand eve, but I'm sure over the course of the story I will learn to.
thumandgloom thumandgloom Sep 14, 2015
I can only hope that the Atropa Belladonna will be used to murder that psychopath Jeff. But I have a feeling this story will be far more complicated and poetic than that! I'm very much looking forward to getting lost in another @rosegluckwriter story.