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The Crimson Bed

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Frederic Ashton Thorpe and his best friend, Henry Winstone, are artists immersed in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, with its yearning for romantic escape from the materialism of Victorian society. Seeing a half-finished portrait of the beautiful Eleanor Farnham at Henry's studio, Fred is fascinated and returns in order to meet her. He and Ellie fall in love and are married. B...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Troubador Publishing
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V.r. Christensen
This book provided a very interesting and thought provoking look into the lives of a Victorian couple and their checkered pasts. The novel takes place during the height of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in London, complete with its odd artistic characters who challenge modern morals.

Ellie and Fred are married, but they each harbour dark secrets neither has the courage to reveal. And yet these secrets, hidden for years, find their way to the surface. All actions have consequences, and sometimes the...more
I became so entangled in the story and characters that I abandoned TV and other distractions in order to spend more time in the world of The Crimson Bed. One of the aspects that made me very happy was the believability. I'm a stickler for logic, no matter how outrageous the storyline: I must be able to think, "Yes, this is believable. I get it." The Crimson Bed never failed me. There were times when I wanted to shout "No!" but this reaction didn't come from disbelief or annoyance. On the contrar...more
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The Crimson Bed sweeps readers deep into Victorian England. At the heart of this story is Fred Ashton Thorpe, a Pre-Raphaelite painter, and the woman he falls in love with and marries, Eleanor Farnham. Each has dark secrets they strive to keep hidden, but life has a way of forcing them out. And this is what happens with each turn of the page in this lush novel. Their love story is both highly romantic and devastatingly tragic.

There are several underlying themes running through the novel - the mo...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author knows so much about her subject and weaves this knowledge into the beautifully written finctional story. Her sense of history and her ability to make her readers equate (almost be there) with the era of the story. The characters are well drawn and totally believable. It's a great read and I totally recommend it to Goodread members.
Mindy Fields
This was an awful book! I don't even know what else to say but what a waste of time.
Julia Bell
I was a bit dubious about this story at first. I wasn't sure if I liked Ellie since she seemed to be a bit of a flirt and a bit shallow. But I grew to like her. The story kept picked up and I did love the ending when I discovered the fate of the bed. That was quite poignant.
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I gave up writing for years but have now resurfaced in my later life and published two books, written si...more
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