is an author who has sought out the English moors in the
hope they’d inspire his writings. Instead of finding them
lovely, though, they depress him. The only thing keeping him
from returning to London is his love for Anna, a local
weaver who helps him find the beauty in the land.
father has plans for her and they don’t involve marrying an
outsider. When he insists she get engaged to Frank, a
beastly man ten years her senior, Anna and Nicholas concoct
a plan to “de-virgin” her and thus spoil her for her
intended. After a night of loving, Anna sneaks home only to
find out the next morning that Nicholas’ cottage burned
during the night.
one to defend her honor, will Anna be forced to marry the
despicable Frank, or will Anna and Nicholas’ love somehow
manage to transcend the boundary between the known and
This story shouldn’t be read if you’re in a vulnerable mood.
Lyrical and reminiscent of an Old World lament,
Possession yanks its reader through some of the most
passionate and troubling times a person can experience:
first love, murder, death of a beloved, rape, betrayal, wild
exhilaration, exorcism, and more death. If you’re looking
for a gentle romance, you’ll want to steer clear, but if you
seek something that’ll haunt you for a long time after
you’ve read it, this is the tale for you. Mardi Ballou’s
written a unique, poetic tragedy that transcends the
ordinary and gives you a glimpse into the Otherworld.