One of the first book series I fell in love with was penned by an amazing woman named Madeleine L’Engle. It was called: A Wrinkle in Time Quintet. It pulled you in with the very first paragraph and left you hungry for more. I don’t recall exactly what age I was, but that really does not matter anyways. I still own the same book collection that I had when I was a kid. I have every intention of passing those down to Baby Girl when she is ready. I never read anything else by her. I knew she had a few other things out, but soon I was immersed in the writings or J.K. Rowling and Lynne Ewing. Back then, I never stuck to one author too long – there was too much out there to explore and discover.
Not much has changed about my reading style. Now I like to re-visit my favorite authors from time to time. They rarely ever disappoint. I was honored to have the chance to read Ilsa by Madeline L’Engle recently. I am actually still in the process of finishing it and I hate every moment that I have to spend away from it.
About the Book
A novel about the darker side of love by the bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time and the Crosswicks Journals.
From the moment Henry Porcher first sees Ilsa Brandes, he worships her. Despite controversy surrounding the young girl, Henry is drawn to her, a fascination that turns into a lifelong infatuation.
As the years pass, Ilsa’s memory never leaves him, not until the day he returns to their sleepy Southern hometown and renews their childhood friendship. Henry watches as she becomes a wife, then a mother, then a widow, irrevocably changed by tragedy.
Out of print for nearly six decades, this rare and sought-after novel is a portrait of a remarkable woman bound by both the stifling conventions of her time and place, and her own sense of honor and purpose.
A departure from L’Engle’s later works, Ilsa is a dark, intriguing novel about passion, fixation, and the real price of unrequited love by an author renowned for her children’s classics as well as her candid personal memoirs.
This is the first time that the book has been in print in SIXTY years and I am head over heels for it. I cannot believe I had not discovered it sooner!
Check out the books Goodreads page here.
About the Author
[From: Open Road Media]
She has a facebook page that is kept active by her granddaughter.