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When Mary Adams sees Millais' depiction of the tragic Ophelia, a whole new world opens up for her. Determined to find out more about the beautiful girl in the painting, she hears the story of Lizzie Siddal - a girl from a modest background, not unlike her own, who has found fame and fortune against the odds. Mary sets out to become a Pre-Raphaelite muse, too, and reinvents herself as Persephone Lavelle. But as she fights her way to become the new face of London's glittering art scene, `Persephone' ends up mingling with some of the city's more nefarious types and is forced to make some impossible choices.
Will Persephone be forced to betray those she loves, and even the person she once was, if she is to achieve her dreams?
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A dreamy, romantic novel about a young woman becoming embroiled in the Pre-Raphaelite art scene ...I'm very happy to learn that this is the first in the series, as I feel Mary had only dipped her toe into this fascinating and scandalous world and there's so much more I want to know and see through Mary's eyes. -- Melinda Salisbury Sophia has conjured up a world as alive with colour and texture and beauty and rebellion as the paintings that she references...I was utterly engrossed from first page to last. Please can I have the sequel now? -- Perdita Cargill Love love LOVED Following Ophelia. Brilliantly done. -- Catherine Johnson Following Ophelia paints a vivid tapestry of the world of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, familiar to anyone who has seen Desperate Romantics (one of my favourites!). New and old characters are equally charming, and Mary(/Persephone) caught my heart straight away. She holds her own in a new and intimidating world of flamboyant, talented men brilliantly. I was completely convinced by her as a character and could happily read a whole series about her. Thank god there is going to be one! I can't wait for the next book in this series! -- Lauren James The pomp. The flair. The excess. The detail. Nothing was missed and it made for such an enthralling read. -- Behind on Books Adored it. Beautifully written, evocative and gripping. (And I want more.) -- Keris Stainton Atmospheric & evocative Following Ophelia has all the right ingredients & leaves you wanting more. -- Rhian Ivory I was gripped from start to finish...I've already recommended this book to a few people with teen daughters, as it's not only a thoroughly enjoyable romp through Victorian London, but also a great book for introducing Pre-Raphaelite art. I'm delighted to have read it! -- Lucy Banks In a story filled with glamour and excitement, Bennett paints her own portrait of 1850s London, its fusty interiors and filthy streets, describing Victorian clothes - her own passion - in particularly wonderful detail...It makes for heady, absorbing reading; fans will want to know what happens to Mary next, and may well be inspired to seek out Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and Millais's Ophelia in particular -- Andrea Reece * LoveReading4Kids * This book is perfect for fans of YA and history and art. I think that Sophia Bennett's familiar tone means that this would be a fantastic start for fans of contemporary who are looking to try something new. The writing is beautiful and slightly decadent, rich with research and passion. -- Tea Party Princess This is Bennett's first historical fiction title and she does a wonderful job with the glamour, scandal and dresses of the period -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * A vivid portrait of Pre-Raphaelite glamour and the perils of beauty, desire and independence. -- Anna McKerrow