Elizabeth McGregor returns with a haunting love story about two lost souls brought together by chance and bonded forever by a mystery that transcends madness, tragedy, and time itself....Catherine Sergeant is adept at going through the motions. After losing her parents at an early age, she buried her grief in the study of antiquities....In widowed architect John Brigham, Catherine finds a kindred spirit. The two share a fascination with Richard Dadd, an early Victorian painter who lived most of his life incarcerated in an insane asylum. There he produced his most stunning works works that have deeply moved Catherine and now draw her inexorably to John. Soon the two are falling in love.
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'Here is an absorbing, well-written mix of romance and melodrama that reserves its most passionate passages for the role of art in our lives . McGregor carefully and delicately weaves into her plot the idea that art is a conduit for the emotions, casting it variously as a therapeutic tool and as an expression of our darkest impulses. The author is at her most lyrically persuasive when detailing her overarching theme: a life without art is not life at all.' - Booklist.
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With over one hundred stories and serials published in the UK and overseas, Elizabeth McGregor is a seasoned and well-reviewed English author who made her American debut with The Ice Child, an epic novel that journey's into the heart of the Arctic. By delving into the historical intrigue of Sir John Franklin's infamous adventure, McGregor ventured in a new direction, departing the psychological thrillers that have been her mainstay.
In previous incarnations, McGregor worked as "a hopelessly bored but solvent civil servant, a happy but frequently overdrawn teacher, and an utterly ineffective and very nearly bankrupt antiques dealer." She has also written several scripts for television. She is married with one daughter and lives in the Blackmore Vale in Dorset.
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