Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.
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This book was mesmerising. It was really well written and utterly captivating. The historic atmosphere with a dash of magic took you on a fantastic journey. A very detailed story with lots of fantastic characters. Henri is mouth watering and such an intriguing character.
I liked that it had a strong theme of woman rights. It was a nice story line and kept the story moving along nicely. It helped bring you right into the story making you feel like you are actually there. That you watching Henri perform and can see what Olivia sees.
It’s shows you should stand up for what you believe in, even if your closest family and friends don’t.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes complex stories and just enjoy being entertained.
5 out of 5 stars.