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Tuesday, June 3, 2014



I recently hosted Lynn Cullen and her latest book Mrs. Poe.  I failed to post the giveaway for a copy, so I am now posting the giveaway...open to US residents.

Leave a comment on this post with your email address, and you're entered!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and ends at 11:59pm Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Winner will be selected at random.
Thanks, and good luck!

oh, and I would like to repost info about the book and my review

about the book:

A vivid and compelling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in an affair with Edgar Allan Poe—at the same time she becomes the unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.

It is 1845, and Frances Osgood is desperately trying to make a living as a writer in New York; not an easy task for a woman—especially one with two children and a philandering portrait painter as her husband. As Frances tries to sell her work, she finds that editors are only interested in writing similar to that of the new renegade literary sensation Edgar Allan Poe, whose poem, “The Raven” has struck a public nerve.

She meets the handsome and mysterious Poe at a literary party, and the two have an immediate connection. Poe wants Frances to meet with his wife since she claims to be an admirer of her poems, and Frances is curious to see the woman whom Edgar married.

As Frances spends more and more time with the intriguing couple, her intense attraction for Edgar brings her into dangerous territory. And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears. As Frances and Edgar’s passionate affair escalates, Frances must decide whether she can walk away before it’s too late...

Set amidst the fascinating world of New York’s literati, this smart and sexy novel offers a unique view into the life of one of history’s most unforgettable literary figures.

my thoughts

Interesting take on the relationship between Fanny Osgood and Edgar Allen Poe First of all, this is a work of FICTION. Two poets from 1845 who meet and form a relationship. This book is about that relationship. Was it real? I know there was some kind of relationship, but was it platonic or not? No one really knows. I do admit, I like this version of Poe, quite different from how I imagine him to be. 

I wish more of Osgood's writings were included. I must admit, my only knowledge of her is what I've read in several bio's of Poe. I looked up several of her writings and enjoy her poetry.

This book has a Gothic flare to it, readers will enjoy the darkness surrounding the characters. And boy are there characters! Everyone who was anyone in society in 1845 is named in this book in some capacity. A geat deal of 'name dropping' in this book. True lovers of Poe and/or Osgood may find something enjoyable in this novel. Personally, I found it a bit slow to begin, but the story quickly escalated and ended with a bang. It was definitely worth reading! 

More by Lynn Cullen

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  1. I love EAP, is this a book I could read? (lucaslegoking@gmail.com)

  2. Sounds so perfect for me.

  3. Oh this sounds so good!! Thank you for offering a giveaway.
    bevins.elizabeth at gmail.com

  4. I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks very interesting. Thank you for the chance. griperang at embarqmail dot com

  5. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and offering the give-away! jmccannaz at hotmail dot com

  6. I am dying to own my own copy of this novel -- I read a bit of a friend's copy and love the protagonist! Thanks for featuring and giving away this gem to a lucky reader! -- KAS
    email: shamy at post dot harvard dot edu

  7. Would love to win a copy of this book as I am a HUGE Poe fan. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    mosthappyreader (at) gmail (dot) com