I read two of Lynn Cullen’s previous books --- REIGN OF MADNESS and THE CREATION OF EVE --- so when I heard about MRS. POE, I was more than excited. Not only do I enjoy Cullen’s writing, I couldn’t pass up a book about not just Edgar Allan Poe, but also his wife and a mistress.
Frances Osgood is a woman who is alone, thanks to a philandering husband who is off traipsing around Europe with another one of his muses. Without money or a place to live, her friends, the Bartletts, take her and her two young daughters into their home. Not only does it provide a safe haven for her small family, it also protects her reputation, which is in a frail