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The Madness of Miss Grey

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  33 reviews
All of society believes former actress Helen Grey to be mad, but after a decade imprisoned in a crumbling Yorkshire asylum, she’s managed to cling to sanity. When a new doctor arrives, she finally sees an opportunity for freedom and she’ll do anything to not let it slip between her fingers.

Dr. William Carter knows Miss Grey is using him, but he can’t blame her. She’s no m
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Published April 22nd 2019 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
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Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julia Bennet's debut novel offers much to romance readers interested in historical authenticity, and even though I did my early graduate studies in 19th century lit, I still learned interesting information here on constructions of "madness" as well as what goes on behind the curtains at asylums. Probably needless to say, this is a darker book than most historical romances, which is by no means a criticism. Women were disproportionately targeted for medical intervention for all sorts of reasons t ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) What I like about this HR is that the story line is one that's much less used by HR authors, possibly because it's a bit dark, dreary, and somewhat of a downer. It deals with possible madness and the inept, incompetent, ignorant and often cruel treatment of those in mental institutions. I have read a few HRs in my lifetime dealing with this issue. Maire Claremont (aka Eva Devon) had a dark Victorian series 6 years or so ago, beginning with THE DARK LADY. And more recently, Mimi Matth ...more
This is an outstanding historical romance debut. The characters were believable, complex, unique (‘ugly,’ big, low-born rough hero/curvy, clever, unapologetic, sexually experienced heroine) with compelling personalities. The plot was riveting and paced perfectly, and the development of the main couple’s relationship was filled with sizzling sexual tension that just built and built until paroxysm of the mind! Heh. No sappy love-making either—it was mostly RAWR! and desperate! and rough, with smal ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and a little different this historical romance has a dark undertone.

This book is not your average lighthearted regency romance, it is however, very well written, with a slightly unusual dark plot, compelling characters, and some nice touches which have stayed with me.

Helen Grey is 26, and has been locked up in an asylum in Yorkshire for 10 years. The illegitimate daughter of an actress and a mysterious aristocrat, she was abducted from London shortly after her mother died, and locked u
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Yorkshire 1882 "If I go back, they'll never let me go again." That was the thought of Helen Grey as she met Dr William Carter as she tried to escape the asylum. This story pulled me in right from the first page and did not let go until the end. Helen had been in the asylum for ten years since she was almost sixteen . Put there by someone who did not want her known and with no way to escape. She wasn't crazy, although at times with the way she was treated, it was almost hard not to be.
Will was th
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
All of society believes former actress Helen Grey to be mad, but after a decade imprisoned in a crumbling Yorkshire asylum, she’s managed to cling to sanity

Dr. William Carter knows Miss Grey is using him, but he can’t blame her. She’s no madder than he is yet she’s spent years in this place.

This is a debut work by this author. It is just OK and maybe the author shows promise but I'm not sure I would read another book by this author. I would have to check to see if the next one has a better prem
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr William Carter is a housekeeper's son who was lucky to have a sponsor who paid for his education. He has a new job in an asylum, and is shocked at the way the patients are treated. The doctor in charge has a good reputation and Will has always wanted to work with him, but finds the man is nothing like he expected.
Miss Helen Grey has been a patient/prisoner in the asylum since her mother died ten years ago. The doctor in charge and the so called nurse who control her are in the pay of someone
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helen has managed to stay sane in the asylum for 10 years. Will is a new Dr. and know that Helen doesn’t belong there. Will he help her escape and who wants her to stay in the asylum? I liked this historical read, the story is fast-paced and entertaining and the characters have plenty of depth. A good read.
Moony MeowPoff
Jul 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I DNF'ed at 24%
I had a hard time connecting with the characters and could'nt seem to invest in the story or the progress of the love story, i just could'nt feel it.
3.5 stars. It was pretty dark. Definitely not a typical historical.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Since her mother’s death, Helen Grey has been imprisoned in an asylum. It is there that she meets Dr William Carter, the housekeeper’s son, returning to work with a well-renowned psychiatrist. Helen sees his arrival as her means to escape, believing that despite her illegitimate birth, that her father, a man of the ton, holds her imprisoned there.
Whilst there is tremendous sadness and desperation in this book, the romance between William and Helen, provides some hope and brightness. The detail
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A housekeeper’s son, Will is “common” but is given the opportunity of education by a kindly benefactor (his mother’s employer) & comes full circle back to the very manor where he grew up, returning as a doctor. The manor is now an asylum run by the well known Dr Sterling whom Will hopes to gain permanent employment with. One of the patients that is assigned to Will is the lovely Helen, a young lady who has been at the asylum for 10 years (enough to make any sane person mad). Dr Sterling warn ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helen Grey has been confined to an insane asylum since the death of her mother when she was fifteen years old. Her mother was an actress and Helen is the result of an affair with an unknown high born gentleman. Her father, wishing to hide Helen away, commits her to an exclusive asylum where she has suffered at the hands of her "Nurse" and the leading psychiatrist who believes Helen to be insane. 

Dr William Carter has returned to his birthplace in the hopes of securing a permanent position at the
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Madness of Miss Grey by Julia Bennet is the story of Helen Grey and Dr. William Carter.
Will start in life was the son of a housekeeper but after sponsorship was able to become a Dr. Now he is excited to be working with a Dr that he has admired at the Manor House Asylum. Helen is a illegitimate daughter of an actress and some aristocrat that she doesn't know. When her mother dies when she is around 15 years old, she is kidnapped and placed in the Manor Asylum. Now in their present day Helen i
Maria Dariotis
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Madness of Miss Grey
by Julia Bennet

WOW!! This was an amazing debut from this author and I was captivated by her writing. This was a well written romance it had plenty of mystery and intrigue. I loved the mystery to this story it kept me guessing and turning the pages. Helen Grey a young woman has been imprisoned in an asylum from the young age of fifteen but the catch is she’s no where near being insane, someone just wanted her out of the picture but for what reasons?

Dr, William Carter is t
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book was so interesting. Not only because the majority of it takes place in an insane asylum, but because William takes the cases like a modern doctor.

Whereas Sterling, the head doctor in the asylum, was stuck in his ways where a woman, if they looked too long at something, was deemed unfit.

It really astonished me that that kind of thinking is still in place today. Helen didn’t let that stop her though. She knew her own mind and she wasn’t going to let anyone influence her. In fact, she was
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book! I loved the story line and the characters. They were such strong characters; Helen enduring all that she did and Will being able to fight for her and go against the system. The reader was taken on an emotional rollercoaster! The book makes you sad (for the situation Helen was in), mad (at the treatment received from “caretakers”), and happy (that someone helps Helen). I like how the author wrote about a subject/situation that unfortunately happened in history until the ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this historical romance set in an asylum. It was a bit dark but not too much. Helen and Will had intelligent conversations that dealt with the treatments of the mentally ill during that time period. Will was an average man in looks and was lower class. He received an education in mental health courtesy of his mother's employer. Helen's relationship with her new found relative (shh no giving it away) was a favorite of mine due to their interactions. Overall this was a great book with just e ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unconventional love story. Will and Helen are doctor and patient when they first meet. The author gives a lot of detail on the care of psychiatry patients in the late 19th century. There is is also interesting conversations about the hypocrisy of the way moral thinking was used to curb women in society. There is a lot of fun banter with the dog Hector and his antics with Helen. Will and Helen overcome great odds to get the dream they both desired.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical romance classic! The Madness of Miss Grey unfolds like a classic old movie. Julia Bennet's writing draws you into the story from the first few pages and holds you to the very end. Well written, the darkness of the plot is masterfully handled, balanced by a beautiful love story. Many historical romances seem to be created out of a cookie-cutter formula. This is definitely not one of them. A fresh, strong debut from a new author. Very much looking forward to reading more by her.
Amy Alvis
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed William and Helen's story. I was definitely a different type of historical romance than I normally read, but still enjoyable. It didn't have all the positive things that you tend to get in a romance. Helen is locked up in an asylum when she shouldn't be, so much of the storyline is her life there and how horribly she has been mistreated. I would probably classify this as more of a historical fiction story with a little bit of romance thrown in.
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
I was okay with this book. While I enjoyed the romance, there was definitely some weirdness with the mental health aspect. Like even though the guy knew she wasn't actually crazy, she was technically still his patient. The book addresses this a bit, though not as much as I would have liked. I also liked some of the reveals though.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This might not sound like a compliment but this book read, as I can only describe, as dreary. The positive meaning is that it held true to the subject matter of the book. There was always a feeling of darkness in every scene that lent to drawing the reader in to the feeling of entrapment that the main character, Helen, experienced.
The negative is that at times it was so full of the physiatric beliefs of the day that I felt like I was reading a partial medical book.
Due to the dark nature of the
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical historical romance and I loved it! The story is very strong and pulls you in immediately. Helen Grey and Will Carter are the two main characters who both have so much to offer each other. I could.not put this book down.
Kerryn Reid
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No, the trope isn't new -- try Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm, for one. But Ms. Bennet has done a beautiful job here. The protagonists are quite unusual and her writing took me deep into their minds and hearts. Loved every minute!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this one because it was a little different. Set in an asylum, the hero is a doctor who helps the heroine escape her unjust confinement. There was a titled character, but he wasn't the hero.
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story and a bit drawn out. The heroine is locked in an institution and the new doctor discovers discrepancies in the way the hospital handles things. This would have been an excellent novella. It just seemed there to have a lot of filler and unnecessary silliness. It took me a few days to read it I did finish it it.
Patrica Liebe
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and Entangled Amara Llc for an honest review. This story was full of dark secrets and it certainly pulls me into it and I was hooked into reading till the last page and the ending. I have read many history books based on the horror stories that tell of the conditions and the torture that inmates experienced in the so called asylums of the 1800s and on and Julia Bennett's character Helen Grey had been in one for 10 years. It is amazing she stayed just ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A touching love story between a doctor and his patient in a lunatic asylum. New to the Blackwell Asylum, Will Carter looks forward to working with the respected and reputable doctor who heads up this asylum. His aspirations to secure a long term post are quickly dashed as he loses his respect for this doctor, who seems to be extremely biased and old-fashioned in his treatment of his patients, particularly the illegitimate Miss Helen Grey who was incarcerated at the age of sixteen by her aristocr ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An insane asylum is an unusual setting for a romance novel. The novel certainly showcases the abuse that was administered in asylums. The characters Helen and Will were written well, but the book tone was a little heavy for me.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Julia writes historical romance with passion, intrigue, dark humor and the occasional animal sidekick. A tea-sodden English woman, she’s the only girl in a house of boys and yearns for all things pink and fluffy. If she isn’t writing, she’s probably reading everything she can get her hands on, spending time with her boys or procrastinating on the internet.

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