The Secrets of Lizzie Borden Brandy Purdy

cover78340-medium (1) Pub: Midnight Ink

Lizzie Borden should be one of the most fortunate young women in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her wealthy father could easily afford to provide his daughters with fashionable clothes, travel, and a rich, cultured life. Instead, haunted by the ghost of childhood poverty, he forces Lizzie and her sister, Emma, to live frugally, denying them the simplest modern conveniences. Suitors and socializing are discouraged, as her father views all gentleman callers as fortune hunters.

Lonely and deeply unhappy, Lizzie stifles her frustration, dreaming of the freedom that will come with her eventual inheritance. But soon, even that chance of future independence seems about to be ripped away. And on a stifling August day in 1892, Lizzie’s long-simmering anger finally explodes…

Although fictional, this novel is an insightful read into the life of one of the most infamous characters of the 19th century.

Lizzie Borden, murdered her undertaker father and her step-mother by bludgeoning them with an axe. Her own mother had died when Lizzie was three and Lizzie and her sister Emma were brought up by their miserly, but rich and important father. Her father had once told Lizzie that ‘men would only see dollar signs’ when they looked at her and this prevented Lizzie from ever finding true love.

Lizzie, was a girl with hopes, dreams and thoughts of romance. She wanted pretty things and to live in a world of wealth and prominence.

There is a quaintness to the writing of this novel and it is one that I really enjoyed. Lizzies love life, whether it be with men or women shows that she truly wants to be loved by someone and had it not been for her fathers uncaring ways, her life might have been somewhat different.

I loved the descriptions of her trip to Europe, Paris in particular, where she went to the Moulin Rouge with the Can Can ladies, the bawdiness is an eye-opener and fun to read about.

I felt a kind of sorrow for Lizzie, and had this been a true work of fiction, I would loved to have seen her happy. she is a sad creature and right at the end when her maid Bridget (who was there, on that frightful murderous day) is thought to be dying, has a secret she needs to tell. She recovers so the ‘secret’ is never told. This intrigued me, but as we all know Lizzie is never fully believed to be innocent and this is one story that will entice and fascinate for years to come.

3*/5

 

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