Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Katherine Mansfield” by Joanna Fitzpatrick, 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Joanna Fitzpatrick, the author of “Katherine Mansfield”, has written an intriguing, informative, and thought-provoking biographical and historical novel. I appreciate that the author has spent hours of research through documents, diaries and correspondence to provide us this novel.
In the early 20th Century, Katherine Mansfield was a free spirit, and had a unique interpretation of how a lady should behave. Originally, Katherine came from New Zealand, from wealthy parents, but was obsessed in being a writer. She made the trip to London, and did make herself known. Despite his wealth, her father gave Katherine a small allowance to live on.
Katherine made some poor choices in her love life, that left her with health problems. She also contacted tuberculosis, and spent years trying to be cured. During this tense time, Katherine was determined to write more. She often reviewed other author’s works for her husband’s magazine, and had a way of putting the word on paper, making it come alive. Other authors were jealous, and respected Katherine’s work.
Katherine had a close friend , who tended to act as her caretaker, and they had a dysfunctional relationship. Katherine did depend on her, yet knew she shouldn’t be so dependent.
I would recommend this thought-provoking novel to other readers.