I have received a free e-copy of the book The Soul’s Expression by Amy Alston to review.
Here is the book blurb.
Katherine did what was expected of her. She married the man her parents deemed suitable. However, she could not do all that was expected of her.
After less than a year of marriage, Katherine is coerced to a doctor’s office, where she must admit the humiliating fact that she hasn’t shared her husband’s bed. She knows what the diagnosis will be and the degrading treatments women with hysteria are subject to. But with a judgemental mother-in-law in tow and an impatient husband at home, the choice is not hers.
Despite herself, she comes to trust the unusual and unconventional man treating her. And, when her increasingly volatile husband threatens to force from her that which she’s unable to give, she feels she must acquiesce to all of her doctor’s recommendations.
Swept up in a surge of self-discovery and sexual awakening, Katherine faces a new reason to be terrified. One she could never have imagined.
This book is set in the late Victorian period. The story starts with Katherine reluctantly being sent to see Dr David Hershaw by her mother-in-law after nearly eight months of marriage, she has not shared her husband’s bed. She knows the alternative is probably the asylum, but she is scared of sexual intimacy. Meanwhile her husband Edward is bedding the maid and has also become addicted to laudanum, which is now affecting his behaviour. Initially he was understanding and willing to wait, but now he is becoming abusive and threatening.
She returns to see the doctor who starts by giving her a diary to record her thoughts in. Later she agrees that he can teach her how to stimulate herself, which although it awakens her sexually, she still does not feel she can be intimate with Edward.
But why is she visiting the doctor so frequently on a daily basis? And can she avoid Edward’s demands? What will happen? Why was she so scared of sexual intimacy in the first place? All this will be revealed.
The Soul’s Expression is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.11 in Kindle format. An interesting literary read, carefully covering sensitive topics.
This book is recommended for adult readers only, due to its graphic content.
About the author
Amy Alston is a British author with a deep interest in history and an even greater fascination in the fact that it never really dies.
She currently lives in East Anglia and works as a teacher. In her free time, she enjoys photography, theatre and music. She is also engaged in a passionate and entirely unreciprocated love affair with William Shakespeare.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.