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A Long Fatal Love Chase

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  3,609 ratings  ·  521 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A Long Fatal Love Chase tells a story that will touch a whole generation of listeners, a story so sensational it could not be published during Louisa May Alcott's lifetime.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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Adrianna
Apr 09, 2010 Adrianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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Tara
Jul 13, 2008 Tara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Ruthie, UTA Book Club
Shelves: uta-bookclub, 2008
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Amy
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
Rachel
Nov 19, 2013 Rachel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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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Teri
[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!
Janell
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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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
Boogenhagen
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Rachel
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Kristi
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Connie
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 address 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 he
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Jeanine
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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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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Andree
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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Laura
What I really liked about this book was the plot, which reminded me of Tess of the D'Ubervilles, as it circles around an innocent young woman who is taken advantage of-then hounded by-a man she tries to resist... Also, I recognized in Tempest a little bit of Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, especially in his manner of speaking and spoiling the object of his affections, Rosamond. The comparisons to Mephistopheles early on were persistent throughout the book, reinforcing the idea that he was of a dem ...more
Jeffrey Taylor
This novel was never published during Louisa's lifetime, possibly because it presented Rosamond as a more independent woman than most male readers would have found acceptable. It's a very dramatic, Gothic novel and was written early in her career. The reason for the rejection given by Louisa Alcott's editor was that its 24 chapters was too long for serialization. Since each chapter was constructed to stand alone as an individual installment, each builds to a dramatic ending. After 24 chapters of ...more
Henry
Considering this book was written in 1866 it was quite good. I am sure for books of that era it was unusual to have such a strong female lead character as Rosemonde and such a pure evil suitor as Phillip. Although she could have been considered the damsel in distress, she neither asked for accepted assistance from those around her. mainly because she found she could trust no one. Rose was cunning, smart, worldly, thoughtful, brave, independent and courageous. All traits that were very unique for ...more
Melissa Bashardoust
Let me talk to you about this book, internet, because there is no way I can review this objectively. I read this book for the first time at the impressionable age of eleven and I was obsessed with it for about a month. I have a vivid memory of sitting in the car, thinking about this book, while the Backstreet Boys were playing on the radio. I told myself that when I was older, I would buy this book and read it once a year.

But of course, I ended up forgetting about it and I didn't reread it full
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Alexis Neal
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
Stina
Book #40 for 2013

If you're looking for something along the lines of Little Women, this is not the book for you. While not exactly shocking by today's standards, it is easy to see why the mid-19th-century publisher who asked Alcott to write a serial novel then rejected it as too sensational. The storytelling style is somewhat dated, so it takes a little getting used to, but the story itself holds up quite well. It's the tale of a young woman who is isolated and emotionally neglected; she yearns f
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
If you read the novel, Little Women and you think you know Lousia May Alcott, think again! This book is not about a family of girls making homespun quilts!

This is a suspense/thriller. With many tragic moments and unsettling events.

A restless girl at the age of 18 desires to lead a romantic and adventureous life. The only problem is she is trapped with her grandfather in home with no visitors or diversions! Until one day a mysterious man comes to call.

Our heroine finally escapes her grandfathe
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Jane
“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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Stacey
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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Paige
It is no wonder this book was not published when Louisa May Alcott was alive. It was deemed to sensational and I can see why. The main character in the book is tricked into believing she is married to a man who, come to find out, is already married. When she leaves, he follows. This book reads like it was written modernly. The mystery and suspense are intense and the situation heartbreaking.
Robyn Smith
Amazing that Alcott wrote this 2 years before Little Women. a more different book couldn't be imagined.
With all the elements of a picaresque novel, plus the superb drawing of the main characters, this book is astounding for its time. It brings to mind Kate Chopin's The Awakening, but is different in its portrayal of a black-hearted villain, obsessed by his new conquest and willing to do anything to win her back, even when he knows she no longer loves him.
A great piece of writing, how sad for Alc
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Kressel Housman
Jul 16, 2008 Kressel Housman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Louisa May Alcott
Shelves: fiction
Before attaining fame through Little Women, Louisa May Alcott was writing more sensational stories under a pseudonym. Her publisher asked her to write a novel, and she came up with this - the story of a sheltered young woman who is charmed by a cad. Once she learns the truth about him, she flees, only to be chased (as the title says) all over Europe. The book was not published until 1995, almost a century after Alcott's death.

Anyone who loved Little Women will want to read this out of sheer curi
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Tim Poston
Somebody is quoted as saying this is "bold, timeless, and mesmerizing". Bold for its time, yes (her fairly bold publisher didn't risk bringing it out), but very much of its time. Popular drama: Alcott described it herself later "twenty-four chapters, with a breathless catastrophe in at least every other chapter", and a lovely example of the type of thing it is.
The strangest thing to a modern reader is that although the characters are full of romantic passion, nobody -- even the villain -- actual
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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