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The Madness of Miss Grey by Julia Bennet
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Read 2 times. Last read April 10, 2019.

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 warns Will that she is quite sex crazed and has just about seduced any and everyone personable man she can get her hands on (seriously! *rolls eyes*). The only reason why he entrusts Will to her is because the venerable Dr Sterling writes Will off as too plain to interest Helen.
Will is quite an amazing character. Everything you would want in a doctor – a person of integrity, who takes his position seriously and whose utmost aim is to help his patients. He shies off from any improprieties with Helen (& yes she deliberately goes all out to tempt him hoping to earn his help to escape from Blackwell) no matter how strongly the attraction because of his position as her doctor. He has a dog! A massive Great Dane he puts on guard to Helen so that she comes to no harm when he is not around.
I found the story somewhat sad & dismal due to the storyline in the 1st few chapters. I hate to think that such situations could have been real & the torture and suffering asylums brought to the very people they were supposed to be treating. Will and Helen’s fight is quite bleak initially when Dr Sterling holds all the power over them both – in keeping Helen locked up in the asylum and over Will’s career. He threatens Will once he thinks Helen has gained Will’s trust. I loved the way the story progressed & the story was wholly satisfying in the end. Somewhat different from the run of the mill historical romances.
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