Book Review, Historical

Book Review – The Purple Nightgown

The Purple Nightgown

by A.D. Lawrence

Step into True Colors — a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime
Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

My Thoughts

This is a well written debut novel, it is the tale of a terrible tragedy.
In the early 1900s, Linda Hazzard ran a clinic & spa and told people she’d heal any of their ailments if they submit to her treatments, which consisted primarily of fasting (starvation).
This author has brought to life in a truly authentic, awful way what a patient at that clinic might have gone through.
Stella was a courageous heroine. I enjoyed seeing the happenings through her eyes.
I must admit though, that through a large part of this story, my stomach just felt terrible. The gruesome events are retold to show the true reality of how terrible it all was. Maybe in just a bit more detail than my personal preference….I do not recommend this book for young readers.

If you are a lover of historical fiction, than I do recommend this one. Just be aware before you start reading! 🙂

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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