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A Long Fatal Love Chase

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  4,839 Ratings  ·  697 Reviews
Reaching out over more than a hundred years, A Long Fatal Love Chase tells a story that will touch a whole generation of listeners, a story so sensational it could not be published during Louisa May Alcott's lifetime.

Rosamond Vivian has been brought up as a recluse by her heartlessly indifferent grandfather on a remote island on the English coast. Her only knowledge of the
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Published August 15th 1995 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1995)
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Aditi
“Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.”

----Louisa May Alcott


First let's just wish this talented and brilliant author, Louisa May Alcott, a very, very Happy 184th Birthday and we will only hope that her stories be loved, read and adored by all ages of readers from around the world. And on this special occasion, I'd like to pen a review piece about one of her not so popular book, A Long Fatal Love Chase which is targeted for mature audience and was written before her li
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Adrianna
Feb 11, 2010 Adrianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Adrianna by: Cafe Libri Group
Review Dedication: Many thanks to Cafe Libri Yahoo Group member and now Cafe Libri Lunch Community member Cari for her help with the research for the review.

This was one of the best emotional roller coaster rides a book has taken me on in a long time. I have never been a fan of Louisa May Alcott's books because they always felt a little too wholesome. A Long Fatal Love Chase, however, shows that Alcott was able to write about the darker sides of human nature, especially as it concerned obsession
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Mariel
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horny priests
Recommended to Mariel by: horny teen girls
I was reading Little Women in the school library one ever so wintery day and it was ever so fun to pretend I was just making fun of it. The movies are so stupid. It seems like someone is running out with some big news every other minute. (This is spoilerish, if you're Joey on Friends.) "Oh my god! Beth just died!" Then someone else runs in. "We're having twins!" And then "Daddy died in the war!" And then "I'm getting married!" "My novel was published!" "The nazis are coming!" On and on with the ...more
Rachel
Nov 19, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like General Hospital and stalkers
If you've ever wondered what Jane Eyre would be like if it was written by the author of 50 Shades of Grey while high on bath salts, well, LOOK NO FURTHER.

The book jacket of my version of this travesty of plot and character development is splashed with "a newly discovered, previously lost novel from the author of Little Women!"

Well, let me stop you right now, because this book has about as much in common with Little Women as it does with a kumquat. Also, maybe it was "a lost novel" for a reason
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Katie(babs)
A Long Fatal Love Chase has a true obsessed villian, a heroine on the run from him and a man she loves but can never have. For fans of Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, this book should be read and kept on your keeper shelf.

Rosamond our heroine wants adventure and to live life. She is bored nd borderlined depressed. She thinks her savior comes to her as an old friend of her grandfather's. Philip marries Rose and whisks her away. Things seem to be perfect in their marriage. Philip and Rose have an
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Amy
Jun 11, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very much like what Little Women's Jo (the character most like Alcott herself) would have written. Her phrasing at times is overly dramatized, much as her original "sensationalized" stories may have been. The style is similar to her other book The Inheritance. What I really loved about this book was the timeless theme of obsessive love which isn't really love at all, but a distorted sense of posession/ownership of another human being. Tempest's relentless pursuit of Rosamond is clas ...more
Tara
Jun 06, 2008 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Ruthie, UTA Book Club
Shelves: uta-bookclub, 2008
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Janell
Jan 18, 2009 Janell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating although I have to admit that part of the fascination was reading an Alcott novel that was such a polar opposite from those I'm familiar with. This story has only recently been published. Originally considered too sensational, Alcott's manuscript was basically undiscovered until recently. According to the editor, she had published other thrillers but didn't become that well known as an author until the publishing of Little Women.

The plot deals with several heavy issues
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Connie (Ava Catherine)
Dec 11, 2012 Connie (Ava Catherine) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, c2c, 2015, leo, src
Louisa May Alcott has always been one of my favorite authors, but in A Long Fatal Love Chase we are introduced to a completely new Alcott writing style. She did not publish this book, which was written for magazine serialization, probably because it was considered too scandalous during her lifetime. This book is a romantic thriller that addresses women's issues important to Alcott.
I found myself wondering if this was the kind of book Jo March might have written since it has all the elements of
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Kristi
Jan 03, 2009 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marissa
Jun 24, 2010 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to put down. It wasn't published during Louisa May Alcott's lifetime because it was too sensational...it was published a hundred years later! This book is a far cry from "Little Women" but it is also well written and eloquent. The story itself is powerful and if I told you the lessons I'm pulling from it, well that would be a major spoiler. So, you're just going to have to read it yourself!
Teri
Sep 24, 2008 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Did I loan this book to someone? I'm so bummed, I hate losing books and I can't find it!:]







I had so much fun reading this book. It was considered too "sensational" to be published during Alcott's lifetime so of course it's pretty tame over 100 years later. A woman discovers that her husband isn't what she thought him to be and tries to leave him which makes him want her all the more. Hence the "chase". It's definitely not (note the underline, Michael) Little Women!
boogenhagen
Jul 06, 2011 boogenhagen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alexis Neal
Nov 16, 2011 Alexis Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books, romance
Young, beautiful Rosamund Vivian longs for adventure after years of being cooped up in a dreary house with her cantankerous and unaffectionate grandfather. So when the handsome and mysterious Philip Tempest pays them a visit, she is fascinated by his stories of adventure and his allusions to a dark past. Before she knows it, she's been swept away on his yacht, off to an exciting new life of romantic travels to exotic locales. However, it is not long before Rosamond discovers that her new love is ...more
Jane
Dec 10, 2010 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
“I tell you I cannot bear it. I shall do something desperate if this life is not changed soon. It gets worse and worse and I often feel as if I’d gladly sell my soul to Satan for a year of freedom.”

A dramatic opening certainly, but those are the sort of words that I’d never expect to hear from the mouth of a Louisa May Alcott heroine.

As the pages turned though I realised that the speaker, Rosamond Vivian was a young woman driven to extremes by her situation. An orphan, she lives alone with her g
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Andree
Aug 30, 2012 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Entertaining enough, but also completely ridiculous and sensationalized. Seriously, this is one of Anne of Green Gables' ridiculous early stories. Or Emily of New Moon's novel that she consulted Father Cassidy on, which had him shaking his head muttering, "Another one of the seven original plots in the world."

No joke: (view spoiler)
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Michael
I'm reading all of Louisa May Alcott's early thrillers - but not all together, whew! They are overblown, heaving page-turners, usually with impossibly noble/beautiful/charming/accomplished heroines who either make a mistake in their choice of love interest or are pursued unwillingly. As I begin each of these I think well I want to read them all so I'll just keep going, and then almost inevitably I get caught up by Alcott's plotting or writing style and end up enjoying the book. They are not grea ...more
Rachel
Dec 07, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is different from anything else Alcott has written (that I have read). It is much darker in tone and action. It is the story of a young woman -unloved, innocent, and lovely- who falls in love with an older, more experienced man. Time reveals him to be a villian, unworthy of her love and companionship, and she leaves him. Thus begins the long fatal love chase.

I really enjoy the evolution of Rosamund's character. She is always strong-minded, with a determination to do right. One of my f
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junia
Dec 27, 2013 junia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to junia by: Estera Balarie
Had SUCH a fun time with this book.

It's definitely not your typical Louisa May Alcott and the story surrounding this novel is just as fascinating.

It cracks me up how sensational it is… and in all honesty, this book felt over the top and I could definitely tell this was meant to be in a magazine serial.

From a cynical viewpoint, the book centers on an impossibly chaste heroine who is stalked by an emotionally abusive, manipulative older man. Love seems to be more the after effects of Stockholm's
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Jeanine
Dec 18, 2008 Jeanine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Women was one of my favorite books growing up (perhaps because I, like the heroine, have a few sisters) so I was pretty interested to find this book that Alcott wrote in 1866. Evidently it wasn't published at that time because it was deemed "too sensational".
I thought this book was suspenseful and very clever (but definitely not too sensational by today's standards). It didn't feel like it was written 150 years ago. Maybe that's the sign of a good book, or an author with a lot of foresig
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Giedre
Feb 25, 2015 Giedre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5

Remember Little Women? Louisa May wrote other books, too. I know, shocker.

Little Women was too quaint for my tastes. I read it as a teenager and pushed it to the back of my mind. Love Chase is a different kind of Alcott book - a gothic thriller. In fact, it was so different, it was deemed "too sensational" to publish at that time. Translation: it was too dark and naughty for the 1800s. By today's standards Love Chase is pretty tame. Though it doesn't change the fact that it's an interestin
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Laura
May 28, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
One-sentence summary: Naive Rosamond is seduced by the vile Philip Tempest and when she tries to leave him, he begins to obsessively stalk her.

Why did you get this book?: Alcott and potboiler fangirl.

Do you like the cover?: No, but there's nothing exciting about it. It looked a bit like a romance novel.

Did you enjoy the book?: Loved it, but I knew I would. The plot rests on a series of improbable coincidences so if you're a stickler for character development and tight plotting, don't bother. But
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Yolanda Gorman
Aug 01, 2015 Yolanda Gorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eleanor
This novel was published posthumously because of its scandalous narrative - at least as far as the 19th century world was concerned. It starts well, with Rosamond as a believable, typically restless heroine, à la Jo of "Little Women". As events unfurl they get more and more fantastical, and frankly I lost patience until the (for me) surprise ending. It had the flavour of novels like Wilkie Collins' "The Black Robe" - episodic, with an air of threat throughout. I read it to the end, but I'm not s ...more
Michelle
May 31, 2017 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read this was and my love for Alcott just continues to grow! This was a vast departure from 'An Old Fashioned Girl' and others I've read by her, but such a great diversion!
Arlene Hayman
Dec 10, 2011 Arlene Hayman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louisa May Alcott wrote ‘A Long Fatal Love Chase’ in 1866, long before it was acceptable to write scandalous stories about unrequited and obsessive love. Although this story was published over one hundred years after it was written, it is a testament to Alcott’s gifted writing, as well as her courage in writing about controversial topics, such as women’s right to divorce, to maintain custody of children, and to live independently of men in a Victorian society which was then very patriarchal. Aft ...more
Phyllis
Jan 21, 2015 Phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Sissy, a lifelong voracious reader and avowed feminist handed me this book three years ago shortly before she passed away. She said it had been too scandalous to be published in Alcott's lifetime. It was packed away with a few of her other books and I pulled it out last week and could not put it away. I loved Rosamund from the moment I met her and was drawn in by her combined innocence and sense of principle. Referring to early dialogue Rose in Bloom chapter...Phillip "I was thinking what a c ...more
Stacey
Aug 16, 2007 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After reading several short stories of Alcott's sensation fiction in my women's lit course this past quarter, I knew I would read this novel as a follow-up. It didn't disappoint me. From the moment Rosamond declares, "I often feel as if I'd gladly sell my soul to Satan for a year of freedom," --I'm in.

As you'll no-doubt read in any synopsis of the book, A Long Fatal Love Chase was considered too juicy to be published during Alcott's lifetime, and wasn't released until recently. It deals with man
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Nicole N.
Feb 25, 2015 Nicole N. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Quite a pleasant surprise, this book. Found it at my local library and was intrigued to read that this wasn't published in Alcott's lifetime but only 100 years afterwards. This is truly a little gem of a book.

18-year-old Rosamund has been brought up in seclusion on a small island with her grandfather who doesn't care much about her at all. When one of her grandfather's old pupils, Phillip Tempest, comes to visit, Rosamund is swept away by the stories he tells and the charm he exudes. Swearing to
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