In the prequel to The Truth About Scarlet Rose, life for an unwed teenage mother in the 1960s can be a hard road. Sylvia knows all too well how limited her options are. At seventeen taking a job as a burlesque entertainer to support herself and her baby is her best hope. But choosing to marry an older man and have a family with a cheating, boozing, gambling husband who makIn the prequel to The Truth About Scarlet Rose, life for an unwed teenage mother in the 1960s can be a hard road. Sylvia knows all too well how limited her options are. At seventeen taking a job as a burlesque entertainer to support herself and her baby is her best hope. But choosing to marry an older man and have a family with a cheating, boozing, gambling husband who makes promises he can’t keep, becomes her downfall. And for a woman with limited choices, her decision to commit murder is not one she makes lightly, but carefully plans and executes in cold blood. “The whole thing plays out like a gorgeous '50's-era melodrama. Lyrical and dark and devastating. I could see Powell and Pressburger directing the movie version.” – Heath Lowrance, author of The Bastard Hand....
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Scarlet Sins Reviews
An interesting taster story that is a prequel to Madeline’s The Truth About Scarlet Rose. Madeleine’s narrative is fast paced and an interesting short read for that bus or train journey.Sylvia makes all the wrong choices in life and ends up trapped in a life that she didn’t envision for herself. When she finally wakes up to her mistakes the people that have sought to use and abuse her will face a bloody reckoning.
Scarlet Sins is a chilling dark suspense thriller of a short story that is a prequel to The Truth About Scarlet Rose.It is the story about Sylvia Dalton, a beautiful Montreal born girl, who has had a hard life and was desperate to escape from her very dysfunctional family. At sixteen years old, she devised a plan to get pregnant by her boyfriend, and she assumed that he would go along with her plan and marry her. Unfortunately, she gave up her virginity to a boy that had wanted to wait but gave in to her feminine wiles, only to refuse to marry her because he thought that they were too young, and he wanted his bride to be a virgin. Pregnant and without any support system, Sylvia runs away to Toronto, where at seventeen years old she gives birth to her baby daughter Fiona in a home for unwed mothers. When they try to force her to give up her daughter for adoption, she leaves the home and rents a room, becoming a cocktail waitress in a nightclub to support herself and her baby. While working at the Lux nightclub she becomes fascinated with the burlesque dancers, and is discovered by Carlo, an entertainment agent, who introduces her to the burlesque / stripper world and gives her the stage name of Scarlet Rose. Scarlet Rose is a beautiful woman, she always had wanted to be famous, and the stage provided that for her, she was adored and sought after by all the men who came to see her perform. Now eighteen years old, Scarlet Rose falls in love with one of her admirers, Charlie Reynolds, an older man twelve years her senior. She moves in with Charlie within a few months of meeting him, and eventually marries him when she becomes pregnant with her second daughter, Suzanne. Married life is anything but rosy for Scarlet Rose, she finds out that Charlie is a gambler, heavy drinker and womanizer. Unhappy and bitter, she turns to murder ...Scarlet Sins is a fascinating glimpse into the dark psyche of a very troubled woman. The storyline is intriguing, the drama and suspense will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. This short story is filled with chilling twists and turns, the characters are complex and fascinating, and the author does a wonderful job of describing the 1960s decade and the inner workings of the burlesque clubs. Sylvia/Scarlet Rose is a fascinating character, the author provides the reader with a dark character that draws you into her world. Sylvia/Scarlet Rose's poor choices and decisions in her life leaves her bitter, ruthless and revengeful against anyone or anything that gets in her way. This short story will whet your appetite to read The Truth About Scarlet Rose.Disclaimer: At the request of the author, a Kindle edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...
You could call this an amuse-bouche. Or if you read the "Scarlet Rose" novel first (as I did), you could call it the extra helping you sneak back to the table for. I loved the novel and thought Sylvia was the most entertaining monster I'd run across in years, so it was good to get some more of her back story here. Possibly Julia Madeleine could do more with this cast of characters.
excellent! full review coming soon!