A Drop of Ink by Megan Chance
Publisher: Lake Union
Length: Full Length (465 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Penniless and disgraced, Adelaide Wentworth is feeling rather desperate. With nothing left to lose, she and her sister, Louisa, flee to Lake Geneva with Adelaide’s lover, the infamous poet Julian Estes. There, Louisa hopes to persuade Bayard Sonnier—celebrated writer and her former lover—to advance Julian’s career. He is their last hope for salvation.
At the Villa Diodati—the place that inspired the writing of Frankenstein sixty years earlier—Louisa plots to rekindle her affair with Bayard, while Adelaide hopes to restore her fading love for Julian by being the muse he needs.
But soon, secrets are revealed, passions ignited, and hidden talents discovered. Adelaide begins to imagine a different life. Confused, she turns to Giovanni Calina—Bayard’s assistant and a man with his own secrets and deep resentments—and the two form a dangerous alliance. No one leaves unscathed in this richly imagined, emotionally nuanced tale of passion, ambition, inspiration, and redemption.
Talk about entangled relationships!!
This book is complicated, I won’t lie. The relationships going on and how they intertwine are very interesting. Ms. Chance’s writing flows well, too. For a book that’s well over 400 pages, spot on writing is a must. Like I said, the author nails it.
I liked how the characters are complicated and flawed. They’re creative, and creativity can be both a blessing and curse. I liked how they worked out their issues and found their ultimate endings. I won’t give anything away. You’ll have to read it for yourself. But if you want a book that’s got lots of parallels to Pride and Prejudice are fun.
If you want a book that’s intricate, fun and has unique parallels to historical events, then this might be the book for you.