Misfit's Reviews > The Women of Eden
by Marilyn Harris
bookshelves: not-recommended-for-the-fluffies, historical-fiction, victorian-england
Against the odds, John Murrey Eden carved out a huge financial empire and he rules it all - including the Women of Eden - his childlike wife Lila, his foster mother Elizabeth, his Indian mistress Dhari and his cousin Mary. Unfortunately, John's passion for protecting his women ultimately becomes an obsession, and the more the women resist him the greater is his need to control them, until love finally becomes hate and madness sets in...
This is one of those those books where the plot description is better left on the minimal side, you really do want to read it for your self (besides, as soon as this review is finished I can move on to book five). You'll find plenty of murder, madness, mayhem, rape, treachery, betrayal, deceit and Lord knows what else inside of these 600 pages. John sinks just about as low as it can go when he needs to regain control over his loved ones (and that's not just the women),
"Effortlessly he fashioned a noose, dropped it around his neck, shrugged off the cloak, for he would not need its warmth where he was going, and stepped off the trunk, filled with books documenting the wisdom and folly of ancient philosophers, into an abyss where neither wisdom nor folly counted for much..."
I loathed John and was turning the pages waiting and praying for pay back time. I loved Burke and Mary's story (can I have a Burke of my very own?), and really hope they get some HEA time in the next book after all that John and the evil Miss Veal and her evil girl's school put her through. And Lila, poor innocent Lila. Sniff. What can I say but READ THESE BOOKS.
||31.0%||"Oh. God. The leeches. TMI..." 3 comments|
||42.0%||"I had a sneaking suspicion Lila had more than a bun in the oven. Poor dear, I'm guessing no one's going to get there in time..."|
"As for the man, he could be dealt with in any number of ways. The more difficult corpse was Mary. He wanted never again to be in her presence.
I see trouble ahead with a capital "T"."
"Stunned by the immensity of his hate, he realized curiously that he could not distinguish Mary's face from Lila's, or Lila's from Harriet's, Harriet's from Elizabeth's. The enemy was simply one monstrous female with painted lips and spread legs, luring all men to their destruction.
Methinks JME is just a wee bit ticked at what he just witnessed in the glen. What say the rest of you?"
||48.0%||"I have a fear that I've guessed what JME has in store for Mary. Please let me be wrong. Please let me be wrong. Please let me be wrong..."|
"Her last clear image was of a little girl with long hair running across the headlands of Eden, gathering wild flowers.
With strict instructions, she ordered her soul to stay with the child in that bright and safe world...
John Murrey Eden may you rot in hell for what you've done." 3 comments
||61.0%||"Wow, the Cheltenham School for ladies really existed (and still does) " 8 comments|
||61.0%||"Effortlessly he fashioned a noose, dropped it around his neck, shrugged off the cloak, for he would not need its warmth where he was going, and stepped off the trunk, filled with books documenting the wisdom and folly of ancient philosophers, into an abyss where neither wisdom nor folly counted for much..." 2 comments|
""Gone. This is a house of mourning-"
Burke, no no no. Gah, what a misunderstanding!"
"Whatever the offense caused by the mysterious scribbler, it pales in comparison to the human folly to which we were all forced to bear witness.
Damn, even drama in the courtroom."
||71.0%||"Glad I took the day off. I don't think I could leave this book behind for eight hours..." 5 comments|
""It resembles--John's handwriting."
I so hope shite is going to start hitting the fan soon." 5 comments
""And I would do it again. My only regret is that the villains did not finish the job and kill her, for she's dead to me now, along with all hopes I once had for her."
OK, is it possible that JME is even badder than our old soap opera baddies? JR Ewing? Blake Carrington? Palmer Courtland? Adam Chandler? Can any of them top John?" 3 comments
||86.0%||"Nutty Mrs. Stanhope and the paring knife are making me awfully nervous..." 2 comments|
||90.0%||"Unfortunately he'd tried to remake human beings in his own image, and had found flesh and blood to be less malleable to his will than iron and brick." 2 comments|
"The image was clear before him, the last shrouded mists lifting, revealing the face, though the form was horribly mutilated, the white gown torn open revealing a split abdomen, red slime coating white flesh, a disembloweled specter who nonetheless smiled at him.
Damn, that was a surprise ghostly appearence. And just in time I hope."