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Following Ophelia

Following Ophelia When Mary Adams sees Millais depiction of the tragic Ophelia a whole new world opens up for her Determined to find out about the beautiful girl in the painting she hears the story of Lizzie Siddal a

  • Title: Following Ophelia
  • Author: Sophia Bennett
  • ISBN: 9781847158109
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Mary Adams sees Millais depiction of the tragic Ophelia, a whole new world opens up for her Determined to find out about the beautiful girl in the painting, she hears the story of Lizzie Siddal a girl from a modest background, not unlike her own, who has found fame and fortune against the odds Mary sets out to become a Pre Raphaelite muse, too, and reinventsWhen Mary Adams sees Millais depiction of the tragic Ophelia, a whole new world opens up for her Determined to find out about the beautiful girl in the painting, she hears the story of Lizzie Siddal a girl from a modest background, not unlike her own, who has found fame and fortune against the odds Mary sets out to become a Pre Raphaelite muse, too, and reinvents herself as Persephone Lavelle But as she fights her way to become the new face of London s glittering art scene, Persephone ends up mingling with some of the city s nefarious types and is forced to make some impossible choices.Will Persephone be forced to betray those she loves, and even the person she once was, if she is to achieve her dreams

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    1. 5 Words: Art, family, class, adventure, secrets.Ever since I first wandered around the Laing Art Gallery as a young teen and set eyes on Isabella and the Pot of Basil, I was in love with an art movement. Much like Mary when she first glimpses Millais' Ophelia, I couldn't stop staring at the Pre-Raphaelite painting in all of its Romantic glory. So when I heard about this book, I was insanely excited. And I had very high expectations.The writing in this story is very colourful, focused on the imag [...]

    2. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in return for an honest review.I LOVED this book. To be honest, I suspected I might, as I have a complete obsession with the Pre-Raphaelites - and was really intrigued by the premise; viewing the art scene of the time from a maid's perspective. The book follows Mary, a red-haired young woman, who heads to London to work as a maid. Initially, she hates her job (and isn't very good at it), but then her fortunes change when she finds herself under the [...]

    3. A beautiful story of beautiful people creating beautiful things.I really loved the pacing, the setting, the presence of actual members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, the passion, the romanceon second thought, what didn't I love? It's been a while since I've completely absorbed a book and been absorbed by it, and I was pleasantly surprised by how purely lovely (and a bit tragic, too) Following Ophelia was.

    4. Following Ophelia intrigued me enough to want to request it for review, however I wasn't sure how I would go considering I know next to nothing about art in general, let alone anything about the Pre Raphaelite brotherhood. Thankfully, for fellow readers like myself, Following Ophelia is not only fascinating, but very well written and I didn't find it confusing in the slightest!This book explores the life of Mary Adams who moves to London to become a maid and to follow her cousin Harriet's footst [...]

    5. ​Following Ophelia paints a vivid tapestry of the world of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, familiar to anyone who has seen Desperate Romantics (one of my favourites!). New and old characters are equally charming, and Mary(/Persephone) caught my heart straight away. She holds her own in a new and intimidating world of flamboyant, talented men brilliantly. I was completely convinced by her as a character and could happily read a whole series about her. Thank god there is going to be one! I can't [...]

    6. “Following Ophelia” is a well-written novel about a young maid becoming a Pre-Raphaelites painter’s muse. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, not only because it is beautifully written, but also because it manages to seamlessly interweave an interesting plot about Mary finding her place in the society of the Victorian era with more serious social themes and commentaries.Mary is a sympathetic protagonist because she not only believably represents a young woman of her era but also has a strong m [...]

    7. In one word: Clumsy. I got to 18% through the story and didn't care about any of the characters. Also, didn't feel that it rejected the blurb, though I can see where that would be coming from. Either way, I put it down one night to go to bed and forgot to look at it again for 2 weeks. Kind of says it all to me. I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

    8. I hadn't really dived into YA historical fiction before so this was quite a suprising treat. It was initially a cover buy because I meanHELLO. GOREGOUS.I'm so glad that it was great on the inside too as well as being stunning to look at and I actually think that's kind of significant to the story.I didn't really know what to expect going into this book, but just briefly, it is about a young girl called Mary who gets called by her cousin to work in Victorian London, to hopefully gain a better qua [...]

    9. I received a copy of this book for review via NetGalley.I picked this one because the description was on the same lines as another book I read last year―Wings over Delft (which was of course in a whole different time period and setting, and really a completely different story as well). This one tells of sixteen-year-old Mary Adams who arrives in London to work as a scullery maid, a job she isn’t really cut out for, but which is the only option available to her as she has lost her previous si [...]

    10. "You seem like someone who's made for adventures"That felt so much more real to her,and true, than 'made for laying tables', or 'made for cleaning grates'. The impossible had just happened and they made it seem easy.A lovingly-researched look at a young girl from Kent who comes to London to be a housemaid and becomes a painter's muse. Realistic, flawed characters and a protagonist who is determined to forge her own way.Looking out for the sequel now!

    11. Loved this book from page one. If you are looking for a good historical fiction book for teens - this is it !Mary Adams is our main character- poor but beautiful , destined to be a scullery maid ?! Not really ! It's not long until she attracts attention with her beauty, and her own love of art leads her away from her awful duties . Victorian London at its best, you will fall in love with Mary/Persphone !

    12. I loved this book. It’s wonderfully well written and sweeps the reader along with a lush myriad of texture and colour. Every time I was forced to put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. I loved Mary’s character and enjoyed her transformation into Persephone, but also worried for her as it was obvious she was going to have to leave her old life behind in way that would make it impossible for her to go back – not easy for a woman of her class. Which brings me to the other aspect [...]

    13. Almost a rags to riches story set when being a single woman was near on impossible. Enjoyed the mix of feminism and romance. My thirteen year old daughter gobbled it up and so did I (at 44!)

    14. Library Assistant and Between the Lines blogger Victoria received a free copy of Following Ophelia by Netgalley, in exchange for a fair review. This review contains SPOILERS I'm obsessed with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their “stunners” (Fanny Cornforth in particular, because she would eat and model at the same time!) I hadn’t heard of Mary Adam before- and while I suspected that she was a fictional creation, I didn’t want to Google for fear of spoilers!I found that I liked Mary m [...]

    15. Original review posted here* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *I did an essay on the Ophelia painting by Millais in university as part of a trans-media storytelling class. It was something I didn’t particularly have an interest in and knew nothing about but I actually really enjoyed doing it. So when I heard about this book, set in the midst of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, I was intrigued.Mary Adams is a country girl who’s just moved to London to be a ma [...]

    16. I finished Following Ophelia nearly three weeks ago and it's still in my head. I don't often read YA historical fiction, mostly because I can never find anything I like but Following Ophelia by the wonderful Sophia Bennett will be a tough act to follow (no pun intended) I completely and utterly fell in love with Mary, the other characters, the artists, the setting and the history. In short, it was quite simply the perfect book for me to read! There's long been an association between art and lite [...]

    17. Known for her chatty, ultra-modern YA – from fabulous teen fashion début Threads to brilliant bastion of boyband lit Love Song – Sophia Bennett’s first foray into historical fiction is pleasantly accomplished. Colourful, descriptive and neat, her prose here perhaps lacks the laugh-out-loud, natural feel of her contemporary work, but displays a remarkable shift to suit the genre. There is a richness, a patience, a stylistic satisfaction to Following Ophelia that makes the novel engaging an [...]

    18. I received this as a free ebook via NetGalley; this does not affect my review.I enjoyed Following Ophelia; I think it's a nice introduction to historical fiction for young people who may not have tried it before, or those looking for a romantic story with less love interest and more finding oneself. It is a classic rags-to-riches story, but I'm glad that it makes the point that women's lives were - and still are - so very precarious. Being an independent woman in this time period required either [...]

    19. Review to follow. As with quite a few books I've read recently, I felt the concept was stronger than the execution here, and it focused a bit more on romance than is really to my taste.---I was interested in this when I saw it on NetGalley because it looked like it would be an intriguing story about art and creativity and because I'm a Hamlet nerd so anything referencing Ophelia is going to catch my eye. That said, I don't think I entirely picked up on the fact that it was historical (though I'm [...]

    20. Mary and Harriett are cousins and now Mary is also becoming a servant like her cousin Harriett. Mary is new to London and its busy city life with horses and carriages and busy people rushing around with jobs to do and people to meet.Mary reflects on the life she has left behind as she worked in a haberdashery shop. Very happily until being let go and left to this life upon recommendation by Harriett.Arriving at her new home to be a lowly servant as she seems to feel she is introduced to the othe [...]

    21. The ending was so bittersweet. my heart is broken but also full of possibility. Such an absorbing read. Full review soon!

    22. Thanks to netgalley for an ARC copy to review - sorry it's so late after publication but better late than never! I found myself really enjoying this which surprised me to no end - sometimes, I find shoehorning historical characters into fictional works (unless I intentionally choose a historical piece of fiction such as The Other Boleyn Girl) can be very difficult and very messily done. I think what Sophia Bennett manages here, therefore, is pretty wonderful.Mary moves to London to be a domestic [...]

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