“Soul’s Prisoner” by Cara Luecht, book review- Portraits of Grace #2
This novel continues the story of Miriam and her painting of people’s future. She is a gifted painter, but often paints what her subjects are feeling rather than what appears to the eye. Now she is painting someone she has never met, but feels is in trouble or danger.
This story begins during the cold winter of 1891 in Chicago. Many immigrants are coming to the US in hopes of a better life. Work is often difficult to find, and winter is hard on everyone. Families are also moving from the farms to the cities in hopes of a more productive life. But there are also many who are preying on these new arrivals for personal gain.
Rachel has escaped the farm in hopes of obtaining a teaching job, but for now is working in the laundry at the asylum. But here in the cement walls, all is not as it should be…but she is not sure who to trust.
This is an interesting book in to the history of the care of the mentally ill, along with the discoveries of the day. As the second of the series, it does not stand alone very well, so I suggest reading #1 first, to understand the characters. Overall, an interesting read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
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(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))
Cara LuechtABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author:I never planned to be a writer.
In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.
By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband.
In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.
I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
She’ll fight for her future…but can she escape her past?
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul’s Prisoner, go HERE.