The wonderful author of A Wrinkle In Time Ms. L’Engle is one of my favorite authors.
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 very accurate depiction of the South during this time period. The good, the bad and the ugly!
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 ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L’Engle including rare images from the author’s estate.
It is very easy to lose yourself in L’Engle’s Ilsa. The descriptive language will have you sinking into the lives of this family. You can almost smell the beach and feel the heat of the deep south. This book is a bit darker than her normal children’s reads. There is a very realness about this tale!
While Henry knows as a child that he is in love with Ilsa, he never says a word. He watches her life unfold and has numerous opportunities to tell her how he feels and yet he still remains quiet. His love unrequited. Even after going abroad during the War and being away for 8 years, he comes home with no clear plan of what to do with his life.
Everyone else has moved on with their lives, getting married, having children, but Henry is stuck. Unable to do anything other than follow Ilsa. Heartbreaking and honest, I love this story!
I am so glad this book is being released again after so long! I highly recommend all of her works!
The release is set for February 7, 2017 Thank you to the Publisher Open Road and Netgalley!