House of Silence by Sarah Barthel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the free Kindle e-book House of Silence by Sarah Barthel. The following is my honest review.
"House of Silence" was a pleasure to read. This novel is an enjoyable experience that is set in the late 1800's in America.
The main protagonist Isabelle Larkin witnesses an unspeakable act of violence and murder. When she goes for help, she cannot get her mother or physician to believe her. The individual reasons they have for refusing to hear what she is telling them put her life in danger.
1875 did not present many opportunities for a single woman.
Miss Larkin is admitted into a sanitarium for refusing to cooperate with her mother. There she sees the world experienced by those with less choice and privilege than she has. Isabell also finds out who her true friends are. Awareness leads to her personal freedom.
Sarah Barthel weaves Abraham Lincoln's widow into the novel, telling a part of Mary Todd Lincoln's story that few people know.
I will recommend "House of Silence" by Sarah Barthel for our library collection, and recommend it to other readers.
The writing and research are top notch. Thank you.
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