Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
288 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
During the Civil War, Iris Dunleavy, the wife of a plantation owner, is convicted of madness and sent to Sanibel Asylum. Knowing full well that she is not insane, Iris longs for the chance to escape, and is determined to get away from the asylum and its egotistical doctor. But her plans are made more difficult when she meets and befriends Ambrose, a soldier whose madness is so severe that he can only be comforted by the color blue. The two begin to fall in love, and Iris becomes convinced that she must take Ambrose with her when she escapes. But can their love survive in such maddening times?
I don’t read a lot of adult historical fiction, but the summary – and the love story – were too good for me to pass up. And…
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