The Honeymoon
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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
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages

    The Honeymoon Reviews

  • Roger Brunyate
    Jul 27, 2016

    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
    Aug 19, 2016

    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
    Sep 25, 2016

    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
    May 01, 2016

    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
    May 24, 2016

    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...

  • Laura
    Apr 29, 2016

  • Bonnie
    Aug 10, 2016

    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...

  • Gloria
    Oct 18, 2016

    This is a biographical novel about the female author George Eliot (1819-1880). Read this as part of a personal goal of reading authors I have missed along the way. Having just completed reading Silas ...

  • Carmen Raggio
    Dec 10, 2016

    This was painful. After trying to read it, I quit at 75%. The story was SO drawn out, and frankly boring. George Eliot as she was written annoyed me. The only reason it got 2 stars is because it's bea...

  • Riversue
    Nov 03, 2016

    The style took my a while to get used to, It seemed choppy and uneven but the prose took hold and started to flow . For me, it was a wonderful experience to feel that I was in the life of George Eliot...