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Emily Hudson by Melissa Jones
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Aug 28, 10

Read in August, 2010

Emily Hudson is the story of a free-spirited young woman who must make her way in a late nineteenth-century world of constricting corsets and stifling mores. Her winding path to independence requires that she free herself from the demeaning and manipulative male figures in her life while navigating unfamiliar romantic territories.

The plot and characters of this book immediately bring Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady to mind, much to its detriment. Unlike James, Melissa Jones, the author of Emily Hudson, creates fairly unlikeable characters, introduces them in ways that seem unnatural, and forces the development of their relationships in quick and irrational ways.

The novel does pick up steam around page 200, but this unfortunately does not entirely cover the earlier wrongs. I did not find myself attached to the protagonist and did not fully buy into the ending of the book as the natural outcome for the story.

Pleasantly though, this book is only 360 pages unlike James’s 600+.

Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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