The Honeymoon

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 Cr Based on the life of George Eliot, famed author of Middlemarch, this captivating account of Eliot?s passions ...

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Title:The Honeymoon
Author:Dinitia Smith
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1590517792
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Honeymoon Reviews

  • susan
    Nov 24, 2017
    this hooked me from the get go. ...
  • Meagan
    Apr 29, 2016
    I went into this not knowing much about George Eliot, apart from the fact that she wrote Middlemarch, Silas Marner, and was pretty famously known to be unattractive. (Poor George Eliot. To grow up hearing that you're too ugly for anyone to marry, so you'd better concentrate on your edu...
  • Cathy
    Jun 07, 2016
    Having never read anything by either George Eliot or Dinitia Smith, it was happenstance that I came to read The Honeymoon, a beautifully written novelization of the life of George Eliot, the pseudonym of Marian Evans,, and specifically of her late life marriage to a much younger man, J...
  • Shan
    Jul 07, 2017
    This isn't perfect -- the prose is generally quite good, but occasionally veers into high drama or stiltedness, and Marian Evans/George Eliot's character seems to slip a bit during the titular honeymoon -- but I still couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in the car on the way h...
  • Laura
    Apr 29, 2016
    http://lithub.com/why-are-there-so-ma... ...
  • 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 postage. ...
  • Laurie
    Apr 16, 2016
    Dinitia Smith has done more than written a fictionalized biography of George Eliot; she?s recreated the woman and her world. Eliot- the pen name of Marian Evans, taken because woman authors were not taken seriously back then- lives and breathes in these pages. The story is framed...
  • Rose
    Sep 01, 2017
    Readers of Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, or any of George Eliot's ponderous and worthy Victorian novels will perhaps be surprised to discover that their author was a woman of easy virtue. Never pretty, Marian Evans began impressing people with her brains early in her life, and va...
  • Krista
    May 04, 2016
    Thanks to Netgalley and Other Press for providing a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book about the life of Mary Ann Evans, who was known with the pen name of George Eliot in the literary world. Mary Ann (as I will refer to her in this r...
  • 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 George Henry Lewes, her companion of twenty-six years. She was bereft and questioning her p...
  • Candace
    Apr 30, 2016
    Highly readable, very compelling and strangely sad, "The Honeymoon" follows George Eliot (the pen name of Marian Evans) on her one and only marriage trip. Marian is 60 and her husband is 40. She married Johnny Cross following the death of her beloved companion of nearly a quarter centu...
  • 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 book told her entire life story focusing on her romantic relationships. The titular ma...
  • Georgia Herod
    Dec 12, 2017
    Historical fiction is a favorite genre--and I pay attention to the way the author incorporates factual information or items in with that which is imagined. Smith includes an afterword, "Fact into Fiction: A Bibliographical essay on writing The Honeymoon," which is very informative and ...
  • Anne
    May 15, 2017
    This is a historical novel based on the life of George Eliot, the great 19th century writer whose real name was Marian Evans. The bookends of the narrative comprise the honeymoon, in late life, of Evans with a much younger husband, Johnnie Cross. In between, the author takes us through...
  • Mainon
    May 02, 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, about George Eliot: (1) She was pretty darn famous in her day. Like, she wore a big l...
  • Elyse Rudin
    Oct 23, 2017
    The story of George Eliot. The novel begins on her honeymoon in Venice. She is 60 and he is 40. The story backtracks with her childhood, her long relationship with George Lewes, and her writing. I really enjoyed the story. She was a woman ahead of her time and I really got a sense of h...
  • Mary Claire
    Dec 28, 2017
    Enjoyed reading this interpretation of George Elliot's life. I read her books years ago while in college. This book is a reminder how difficult it was for a woman writer to speak in her own voice during the time George Elliot was writing. It was difficult if not impossible to live outs...
  • Caitlin
    Jan 16, 2018
    This book actually really made me want to read everything George Eliot wrote. I really enjoyed this. ...
  • Fatima
    Apr 04, 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 Evans an inner voice, making her as real to us as ourselves. The novel illuminates Eli...
  • Becky Motew
    Jan 24, 2019
    3.5 stars A very decent (and not scholarly) biography of Marian Evans aka George Eliot. I enjoyed learning about her life and that of George Lewes (which I always want to pronounce incorrectly) in their non-legal marriage. Fascinating to read of the liaisons, affairs and extramar...
  • Sunnie Evers
    Sep 06, 2017
    loved it - made me want to dive into George Elliot novels! ...
  • Patty
    Apr 28, 2018
    I certainly am not a fan of Eliot?s perspectives on religion and the Bible but she was a woman af great knowledge and literary skill who wore her heart on her sleeve. She was seduced and rejected by men she trusted, yet still respected her. She did find great love in George Lewes and...
  • Amy
    Dec 04, 2016
    I love historical fiction, but this book ultimately fell flat. The author had great raw material, but the story never seemed to come alive. The characters were more like cardboard cutouts than people. ...
  • LS
    Jun 14, 2016
    This clear-sighted fiction made Marian Evans/George Eliot's biography easy reading, but the danger with these endeavors is that they always invite comparison to the subject's own writing. The novel did inspire a return to MIDDLEMARCH. ...
  • Leslie Day
    Jul 01, 2017
    Loved reading this book. What an exquisite book. I love how the author describes in detail how George Eliot researches, then writes each one of her books. I felt such empathy with Eliot and her need for love and her generous and caring nature. I never wanted it to end. ...
  • Roger Brunyate
    Jul 10, 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 Smith's introduction to her novel about the last year and a half in the life of Mar...
  • Carolyn
    Sep 20, 2017
    I was attracted by the marketing materials to buy this fictionalized account of George Eliot?s life. I knew Eliot was a 19th Century writer, but I?ve never read Eliot and certainly knew nothing about her. Although I may now try to read one or more of her works, unfortunately this n...
  • Zeynep Şen
    Feb 12, 2018
    Hats off to Dinitia Smith for writing a most engaging biographical novel. Chronicling George Eliot's marriage to a man 20 years younger than her, when she was 60-years-old herself, this created a magnificent portrait of one of the most important writers of the 19th century. What's more...
  • Beverly
    Feb 11, 2018
    Inspired to read this by my 2018 "Book a day" calendar, The Honeymoon is the story of the author George Elliot's (real name Marian Evans) marriage to John Walter Cross when she was 60 years old and he 40. Since not much is known about Cross or their married life the author imagines a s...
  • Allyson Stinnett
    Nov 16, 2018
    The blurb on the book makes it sound like this book is about George Eliot and her honeymoon in Venice with her much younger husband. In reality, this is just a framework for Eliot spending her nights reminiscing about the past. And by reminiscing I mean going through a biographical acc...