The Mesmerist : or the Misses Preston of Bloomsbury by Barbara Ewing

June 27, 2007 at 3:20 pm | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment

Out of work actress Cordelia Preston finds it tough fending for herself in Victorian London. She has inherited an ability to relieve people’s pain and suffering through the power of her hands and sets herself up as a Phreno-Mesmerist. She finds herself as much in demand for her advise to young women on what to expect on their wedding night as for her mesmerism sessions.

The rich historical details of the period adds to the drama and adventure of the novel.
The story is made all the more readable by the strong structure of the novel, which in addition to recounting Cordelia’s fortunes, weaves in strong secondary characters.

Unexplained powers, a family drama, royal intrigue and a murder mystery all add to the tension of this unusual novel.
The story started slowly but halfway through the pace picked up with a number of melodramatic situations keeping my attention until the exciting conclusion.

Come and hear Barbara Ewing talking about the Mesmerist at the Dunedin City Library on Sunday, July 15th at 11.30 am. Barbara Ewing is this month’s feature author, click here to find out more.


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