HFVBT Presents: The Ripper's Wife

Please join Brandy Purdy and HF Virtual Book Tours for The Ripper’s Wife Blog Tour from October 27-November 14.
The Ripper's Wife
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Kensington Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
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A suspenseful, spellbinding novel of love, jealousy, and murder, The Ripper’s Wife re-imagines the most notorious serial killer in history through the eyes of the woman who sealed his fate.
“Love makes sane men mad and can turn a gentle man into a fiend.”
It begins as a fairytale romance–a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.
From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James’s secrets are infinitely darker–he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband’s depravity until she discovers his diary–and in it, a litany of bloody deeds…

Praise for the Novels of Brandy Purdy

“Recommended for readers who can’t get enough of the Tudors and have devoured all of Philippa Gregory’s books.” —Library Journal on The Boleyn Wife
“Purdy wonderfully reimagines the behind-the-scenes lives of the two sisters.” —Historical Novel Reviews on The Tudor Throne
“I love Brandy Purdy’s books, she does thorough research into the lives of the people in the Tudor era and it shows in her writing style. Very descriptive, engaging characters makes The Queen’s Rivals a page turning novel. If you are a fan of the Tudor era like I am, then this book is a must.” -CelticLady’s Reviews on The Queen’s Rivals
“The writing is inviting, intense and flawless, rich with the flavor of English country life as well as court life. The political machinations, the tragedy to befall the Dudley family and the mystery surrounding Amy’s death were weaved to captivating detail and the end result is a mesmerizing work of historical fiction that puts Brandy Purdy on my “must read” list.” -Psychotic State Book Reviews on The Queen’s Pleasures

 

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My Thoughts
This is a wonderfully vivid and rather disturbing tale that serves as eye opening proof that "all that sparkles isn't gold."
Young Southern Belle Florance Chandler has been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth and the stars in her eyes.  When she is literally swept off her feet by the refined charms of a much older English cotton broker, she is sure that the charmed life to which she has become accustomed is destined to continue.
Little does she know that the man to which she has given both her heart and her future is a monster of the likes the world has never seen, and every promise he makes is a lie.

This is a story that grabs the reader within the first hundred pages and never lets go.
Unlike most great stories however, it is not the protagonist/narrator that gives the story its feet.  That job is left to her husband, one James Maybrick and a host of colorful and quirky supporting cast.

Despite the fact that leading lady Florance comes across as a very sympathetic character at times.  Her reactions to the horrific happenings and realizations that she experiences make her seem a very self serving and vapid being for the most part.
Florance seems determined to hold on to her "happily ever after" at almost any cost.  (Time to throw the book across the room!)

Though it is true that Florance's character may be rather off putting, the story, writing, setting, and premise are all first rate.
This is a wonderful look into a life scarred by addiction, lies, madness, and murder.
 

About the Author

Brandy Purdy is the author of several historical novels. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading or watching classic movies. She currently lives in Beaumont, TX. Visit her website at http://www.brandypurdy.com for more information about her books. You can also follow her via her blog at http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com/ where she posts updates about her work and reviews of what she has been reading.

The Ripper’s Wife Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 27
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, October 28
Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 29
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Thursday, October 30
Review at Book of Secrets
Friday, October 31
Feature at Passages to the Past
Monday, November 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Interview & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day – Stephanie’s Book reviews
Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, November 5
Review at JulzReads
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Thursday, November 6
Review at History & Women
Friday, November 7
Review at A Book Geek
Monday, November 10
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Tuesday, November 11
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 13
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Friday, November 14
Review at Girl Lost in a Book
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