Happy New Year!
I’m so sorry it has taken me ages to get to writing this, but I simply couldn’t wait to write this blog post about this particular book. With it’s many twists and turns it took me such a short time to read this particular book because it kept me captivated from the start and throughout.
“London, 1850. On a crowded street, the Dollmaker Iris Whittle meets the artist Louis Frost. Louis is a Pre-Raphaelite painter who yearns to have his work displayed in the Royal Academy, and he is desperate for Iris to be his model. Iris agrees, on the condition that he teaches her to paint.
Dreaming of freedom, Iris throws herself into this new life of art and love, unaware that she has caught the eye of a second man. Silas Reed is a curiosity collector, enchanted by the strange and beautiful. After seeing Iris at the site of the Great Exhibition, he finds he cannot forget her.
As Iris’s world expands, Silas’s obsession grows. It is only a matter of time before they meet again…”Doll Factory- (Book Blurb)
Elizabeth MacNeals writing style is similar to that of Charles Dickens and J.K Rowling. Charles Dickens because of the adjectives he used to describe Scrooge within the Christmas Carol book and then Rowling because of the quick whit and the ways that the characters sometimes talk to each other. It’s also amazing to have a strong yet vulnerable female character in the forefront of this book, because it’s a rarity these days, especially in fiction books.
This is the first piece of historical fiction that I have ever read, and it was amazing, such a dark tale of love, affection and then obsession thrown in for good measure. The characters of this book were so beautifully written for, because the characters themselves weren’t always easy to figure out, they were quite complex, which then gave you more stories going on within the one book, which I must admit is one of my favourite type of books to read.
I’m already reading my next book, so I will see you soon with a review of the next book I’m reading!
Much love always and Stay Safe!