The Honeymoon

The Honeymoon


Based on the life of George Eliot, famed author of Middlemarch, this captivating account of Eliot’s passions and tribulations explores the nature of love in its many guises

Dinitia Smith’s spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice in June 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man twenty years her junior. When she agreed to marry John Walter Cross, Eliot was recovering from the death of George Henry Lewes, her beloved companion of twenty-six years. Eliot was bereft: left at the age of sixty to contemplate profound questions about her physical decline, her fading appeal, and the prospect of loneliness.

In her youth, Mary Ann Evans—who would later be known as George Eliot—was a country girl, considered too plain to marry, so she educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were objects of wonder, she became the most famous writer of her day—with a male nom de plume.

The Honeymoon explores different kinds of love, and of the possibilities of redemption and happiness even in an imperfect union. Smith integrates historical truth with her own rich rendition of Eliot’s inner voice, crafting a page-turner that is as intelligent as it is gripping.

Title:The Honeymoon
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Number of Pages:384 pages

    The Honeymoon Reviews

  • Roger Brunyate

    What Inner World? This is a novel, a product of my imagination inspired by the life and writings of George Eliot. It is an effort to depict her inner world as she lived out her life. So begins Dinitia...

  • Irene

    The blurb I saw prior to reading this novel said that it was about the late-life marriage of George Eliot to a man 20 years her junior. Although this ?honeymoon? framed the novel, the bulk of the ...

  • Nancy Oakes

    Spellbinding - no. I grudgingly finished this for my book group and it reads like it's meant for teen girls. If you're in the US and you want my copy, I will gladly give it to you free and I'll pay po...

  • Fatima

    It would be quite simple to categorise this book as a fictionalised biography of Mary Ann Evans. It was much more than that. Smith had written a compelling, absorbing, wonderful novel giving Mary Ann ...

  • Mainon

    I kept forgetting it was a novelized biography. Her story felt very real and I loved this George Eliot every bit as much as I expected to, maybe more. Fun things I didn't know, or had forgotten, abou...

  • Bonnie

    The Honeymoon recounts George Elliot's honeymoon in Venice in June 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man twenty years her junior. She had met him while recovering from the death of Georg...

  • LS

    This clear-sighted fiction made Marian Evans/George Eliot's biography easy reading, but the danger with these endeavors is that they always invite comparison to the subject's own writing. The novel di...

  • Laura

  • Amy

    I love historical fiction, but this book ultimately fell flat. The author had great raw material, but the story never seemed to come alive. The characters were more like cardboard cutouts than people....

  • Anne

    This is a historical novel based on the life of George Eliot, the great 19th century writer whose real name was Marian Evans. The bookends of the narrative comprise the honeymoon, in late life, of Eva...