Sophronia L is the story of a revenge Sophronia Lambert, a young schoolteacher in Martha s Vineyard, has the chance to avenge the death of her young brother when she meets his killer, captain James Folger Planning to use poison,she marries him and begins a new life onboard a whaling boat, the Eliza Jane, where she will be the only woman But this novel offers much it s a different kind of thriller, with a carefully depicted historical background, compelling characters and deep moral reflections of biblical proportions.I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Sophronia Lambert, A Schoolteacher On The Island Of Martha S Vineyard, Lives A Quiet Life That Is Until Nantucket Whaling Captain James Folger Comes Ashore Realizing He Is The Man Who Killed Her Deaf Brother, She Decides To Pursue Vengeance First At Home, Then At Sea Sailing To The Far Side Of The World As His Bride As She Grapples With Madness And Morality, Sophronia S Quest Mirrors That Of Her Island Community To Find A Way Forward Amidst The Pressures Of A Brutal Industry, A Nation Mired In Civil War, And A Past Darker Than The Ocean S Abyss Tim Bridwell shows us again why old New England and its historic whaling industry hold such magic and mystery for novelists Thrilling, eerie, poetic and powerful, Sophronia L transports readers back in time, to the American Civil War, and a sea reliant community isolated by its independence and the disability of deafness One woman in this silent world stands apart, both by her stunning beauty and a tragic past But when she tries to right the wrongs in her life, she learns that not all signs, given or taken, are meant to be understoodor heard Beautifully referenced, historically illuminating, and eerily imaginative, Sophronia L will hold your attention long after the last page is read. This book did it all and did it all well Highly recommended. Sophronia L has been a giveaways from Goodreads.This book Sophronia L keep me interest until the end, a great novel that transported me to the 19th century Congratulations to the author Tim Bridwell and I hope to be able to read his next book. I was very fortunate enough to win this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange of an honest review.Okay I really really loved this book Tim Bridwell s debut novel is fantastic I never thought that I m going to enjoy the hell out of this book Because historical is not really my cup of tea, yet Tim managed to keep me interested with his captivating and beautiful writing.It s poetic It s dark It s gothic It s eerie It s thrilling And very imaginative With a sly humor and a hint of romance thrown out in the story Though the scenes between Sophronia and Absalom were limited yes, I m one of those readers who crave of them , the moments between them were heartfelt The chessy stuff was carried well throughout the story And from the beginning, I thought that there was going to be a love triangle And I m really glad it didn t happen at all Because Capt Folger was your mad guy.And if you re asking me if there was a HEA, yes buddy, there was But still you have to brace yourself for the death of some characters It was painful Or was it just me who felt to much for the characters Never mind The conclusion was satisfying with a glimpse of the future.Tim Bridwell didn t just take us to the history of Martha s Vineyard and the old whaling industry but also explores the heart of human nature It was an awesome read having this awesome book Highly recommended Review is also available at TheBookishOgre. When Sophronia Lambert elopes and joins the Eliza Jane as Captain Folger s wife, her uncle Keziah Lambert and her love interest, Absalom Cook, worry that she will be lost at sea as was her late brother, Jonathan If Captain Folger doesn t murder her himself, Sophronia may fall victim to the mental illness that has plagued her since she found her mother dead at the hands of her father Growing up on the small island of Martha s Vineyard is surely poor preparation for the brutality of an all male crew set on the bloody business of whaling, as it proved to be for Sophronia s brother, except that this Lambert comes knowing that her true nemesis is the Quaker Captain who obsesses over numbers and superstition.Bridwell s vividly poetic style draws the reader deep into the horrors of the human heart, whether it be Sophriona and Captain Folger s mental illnesses, the sailors chauvinistic savagery, or the bloody process of spearing and stripping the soulful whales But like Bridwell s realistic characters, his dark themes are tempered by the other side of humanity the sudden joys, small pleasures, and even love In this way, Sophriona s journey on board the Eliza Jane is like a mental breakdown, where she is separated from the two people who understand and love her most as she traverses what for her are uncharted waters.Sophronia L boasts the descriptive language of Hemingway and the complex drama of Faulkner, taking readers on a haunting journey through Sophronia s mental illness, manifest through her obsession with Captain Folger s death I would absolutely recommend Sophronia L as a superb novel for those who enjoy literary and historic fiction.
Tim Bridwell, author of the novel SOPHRONIA L 2014, Folded Word Press , is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the BFA Practicum program in film at Emerson College Summa Cum Laude He wrote and directed the feature film Rendezvous in Samarkand and short HAZE featuring Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs Twilight Singers , both shot on location in Morocco H
- 372 pages
- Sophronia L.
- Tim Bridwell
- 10 December 2019 Tim Bridwell