A White Room



➤ [Epub] ➞ A White Room By Stephanie Carroll ➮ – E17streets4all.co.uk At the close of the Victorian Era, society still expected middle class women to be the angels of the house, even as a select few strived to become something In this time of change, Emeline Evans dream At the close of the Victorian Era, society still expected middle class women to be the angels of the house, even as a select few strived to become something In this time of change, Emeline Evans dreamed of becoming a nurse But A White Epub / when her father dies unexpectedly, Emeline sacrifices her ambitions and rescues her family from destitution by marrying John Dorr, a reserved lawyer who can provide for her family John moves Emeline to the remote Missouri town of Labellum and into an unusual house where her sorrow and uneasiness edge toward madness Furniture twists and turns before her eyes, people stare out at her from empty rooms, and the house itself conspires against her The doctor diagnoses hysteria, but the treatment merely reinforces the house s grip on her mind Emeline only finds solace after pursuing an opportunity to serve the poor as an unlicensed nurse Yet in order to bring comfort to the needy she must secretly defy her husband, whose employer viciously hunts down and prosecutes unlicensed practitioners Although women are no longer burned at the stake in , disobedience is a symptom of psychological defect, and hysterical women must be controlled A novel of madness and secrets, A White Room presents a fantastical glimpse into the forgotten cult of domesticity, where one s own home could become a prison and a woman has to be willing to risk everything to be freeBased on historical trends of the era and inspired by the classic Victorian novels The Yellow Wallpaper, The Secret Garden, and Wuthering Heights, author Stephanie Carroll has taken women s empowerment in fiction to an all new level in this inspiring debut A White Room was featured as a Notable Page Turner in Shelf Unbound Magazine and nameds Best Cross Genre Title by USA Book NewsTo read behind the scenes material about A White Room and learn about future books by Stephanie Carroll in addition to giveaways, freebees, and how to become a test reader, visit and sign up for the VIP Reader newsletter.A White Room

As a reporter and community editor, Stephanie Carroll earned first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and from the Nevada Press Association Stephanie holds degrees in history and social science She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, FresnoStephanie blogs A White Epub / and writes fiction in California where her husband is stationed with the US Navy Her website is stephaniecarroll.

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    A White Room PDF/EPUB Ù A White Epub / on her mind Emeline only finds solace after pursuing an opportunity to serve the poor as an unlicensed nurse Yet in order to bring comfort to the needy she must secretly defy her husband, whose employer viciously hunts down and prosecutes unlicensed practitioners Although women are no longer burned at the stake in , disobedience is a symptom of psychological defect, and hysterical women must be controlled A novel of madness and secrets, A White Room presents a fantastical glimpse into the forgotten cult of domesticity, where one s own home could become a prison and a woman has to be willing to risk everything to be freeBased on historical trends of the era and inspired by the classic Victorian novels The Yellow Wallpaper, The Secret Garden, and Wuthering Heights, author Stephanie Carroll has taken women s empowerment in fiction to an all new level in this inspiring debut A White Room was featured as a Notable Page Turner in Shelf Unbound Magazine and nameds Best Cross Genre Title by USA Book NewsTo read behind the scenes material about A White Room and learn about future books by Stephanie Carroll in addition to giveaways, freebees, and how to become a test reader, visit and sign up for the VIP Reader newsletter."/>
  • Paperback
  • 408 pages
  • A White Room
  • Stephanie Carroll
  • English
  • 24 October 2018
  • 0988867400

10 thoughts on “A White Room

  1. says:

    Where I got the book review copy supplied by the author.AHA I knew the day would come when I could say this.There s self published historical fiction out there that sinteresting than the traditionally published offerings, and just as well presented.So what s A White Room about Emeline Evans greatest desire is to help people She returns from college in 1900 college is pretty advanced for a female wishing to become a nurse, but she knows her father s going to be difficult to convince Where I got the book review copy supplied by the author.AHA I knew the day would come when I could say this.There s self published historical fiction out there that sinteresting than the traditionally published offerings, and just as well presented.So what s A White Room about Emeline Evans greatest desire is to help people She returns from college in 1900 college is pretty advanced for a female wishing to become a nurse, but she knows her father s going to be difficult to convince Before she can make the ask he dies, leaving Emeline s family destitute, so she takes the obvious course she marries into a nearby family who have the means to support her mother and siblings.Her new married life takes her to Labellum, Missouri, where Emeline is expected to take care of the house while her lawyer husband works on some case she doesn t understand because nobody bothers to inform her Between the domestic drudgery of a wife with almost no servants, the horrors of socializing with the small town s leading ladies who are neither charitable nor kind , getting the cold shoulder from a husband who seems to care nothing for her view spoiler and guilt hide spoiler , is it surprising that Emeline begins to see her house as populated by weirdly alive furniture and strange people inside the shut up rooms Feminine hysteria is the obvious cause for those around her, but Emeline finds her own way out of the burden that past and present have placed on her mind Predictable is not the word for this novel I never knew quite where it was going to take me, and I loved that Even when Emeline does something highly controversial that some readers are going to have trouble with, but which hits right at the heart of the subject of the bondage in which nineteenth century women found themselves Behind the long dresses and the Victorian ideals of the angel of the hearth, the sweet little mother of Dickens imagining and the competent housewife in the Mrs Beeton mold lay a separation of gender roles so complete that at one point we see a bereaved father completely unable to care for his children as he has never had to learn how We see an isolation of the roles of husband and wife so total that Emeline has to act scandalously before she can even get an inkling as to what her husband does The constraints on Emeline s life are chillingly imaged in the wonderfully creepy house, with a pink room that pulsates like a digesting stomach and a Beast in the attic Definitely some Woman in Black moments the movie rather than the novella that would translate well to film.The resolution to the story is perhaps a little slick, but I couldn t help cheering Emeline on in her quest to regain the sense of self that she loses in her self sacrificing marriage Altogether a very satisfying read, and a solid debut for Carroll The book s editing and design also deserve a mention nine and a half out of ten readers won t be able to tell it s self published, I d put money on that Nicely done

  2. says:

    In some ways this was a difficult book to read, dealing as it does with the limited roles of women in the turn of the 20th century world of small town middle America, where variations from accepted norms were seen as madness or hysteria Emeline Evans Dorr, the protagonist of this novel, has a dream of becoming a nurse but the dream is lost and she finds herself married to a man she barely knows, moving away from the city to a small town where she begins to deteriorate mentally as she attempts t In some ways this was a difficult book to read, dealing as it does with the limited roles of women in the turn of the 20th century world of small town middle America, where variations from accepted norms were seen as madness or hysteria Emeline Evans Dorr, the protagonist of this novel, has a dream of becoming a nurse but the dream is lost and she finds herself married to a man she barely knows, moving away from the city to a small town where she begins to deteriorate mentally as she attempts to cope with her new life.Her escape from what she comes to realize is craziness is through helping others, using the limited medical knowledge she possesses This puts her at risk of being caught and earning the ultimate label of madness It s a no win time and situation for women While some of the characters might be thought of as types , most step beyond those roles to revealdepth once challenged Sadly, some of these types seem to exist today.This is an interesting fictional picture of a long past time and recommended particularly to women.An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for the purpose of review

  3. says:

    3.5 4 stars This past year, my family has had to endure many hardships, the greatest of which was dealing with my grandpa s death Coming back from university to see a man who had once been so strong and healthy suddenly bedridden is something I ll never forget But even worse, was watching him waste away, day after day The doctors tried everything his kidneys were failing, so they put him on dialysis he was constantly nauseous, so they gave him special medicine he had a chest infection, 3.5 4 stars This past year, my family has had to endure many hardships, the greatest of which was dealing with my grandpa s death Coming back from university to see a man who had once been so strong and healthy suddenly bedridden is something I ll never forget But even worse, was watching him waste away, day after day The doctors tried everything his kidneys were failing, so they put him on dialysis he was constantly nauseous, so they gave him special medicine he had a chest infection, so they tried to get rid of it But nothing worked Each of these treatments usually led to another negative effect, until the point where my grandpa decided he couldn t take it any Knowing he would die, he took himself off of dialysis, forced my family to take him home, and passed away less than a week later The reason I m telling you this story, is that it really helped me sympathize with and relate to Emeline The book opens with the most fantastic prologueMy father died with the taste of blood on his lips To think that s why I now sat covered in blood That s why there were red handprints on the walls, crimson footprints on the floor, and screaming streaks across my white dress Now I had to choose I could fight for my freedom my sanity or I could keep the promise I d made my father After all, it had been such a simple request made with blood smeared lips To be honest, if this prologue hadn t intrigued me so much, I probably would have stopped reading this book around 30% in People deal with grief in various different ways After my grandpa died, my mom thankfully channeled her sadness into pottery, as my Nana had asked her to make an urn for my grandpa It was heartbreaking, but exactly what she needed On the other hand, Emeline deals with her grief in a muchdramatic way She descends into madness, what the doctors call hysteriaabout this later The house around her comes alive the furniture is out to get her, imaginary people now occupy the empty rooms, and there is a beast in the room next to her, just waiting to see what she does next At the same time, there are huge gaps in the story that really frustrated me However, those are dealt with later, and I believe the author used this technique as a tool to introduce Emeline s madness and to describe the way things happen so someone who has been through such a shock While it was well written, I would have stopped reading this book, as nothing really happened aside from Emeline ranting about the crazy house and trying to expel her madness If it weren t for the prologue, I don t think I would have continued at this point But, I am so thankful that I did.Something happens to Emeline that shocks her out of her madness However, it is still there, lurking The beast still stalks her, the furniture still watches her, and the people in the empty rooms are ever present, but she manages to look past it all and invest her energy in something she loves The problem is, it s illegal, and her cold and distant husband who is a lawyer, is tasked with persecuting people who are doing the same thing as Emeline As you can imagine, everything blows up in the end, but it ended in a way I didn t actually expect.Understanding the political environment and debates at this time was integral to Emeline s story Stephanie Carroll does a fantastic job of fitting in issues of abortion and hysteria without info dumping There was no pro life , pro choice debate at the turn of the 20th century Abortion was considered a crime, and people were sent to jail for it Similarly, mental illness is not treated the same as it is today A doctor diagnoses Emeline with hysteria, which was believed to have been caused by the uterus roaming around the body and messing with the brain How crazy is that Anyway, apparently one way to treat hysteria is by giving manual treatment ie basically using a vibrator to stimulate an orgasm or giving a woman a hysterectomy I just find these things so fascinating The way madness mental illness was treated is just so different that it s difficult to fathom People who admitted to being mental went straight to jail, while in this day and age it is often used as a tool to keep them out The book also deals with an issue that is evencontroversial than these two view spoiler assisted suicide hide spoiler I don t want to talk about it too much, because it plays a huge role in the book, and is still an extremely controversial issue today.Aside from the masterful incorporation of these debates and issues, Stephanie Carroll also writes beautifully Some of these passages really kept me going throughout the first part of the bookI imagined a splash of sunset color in the fall, the broad leaves turning orange, yellow, and a blazing red before blanketing the ground with a sea of fire She could burst out into the world of grass, sky, and lavender, but she knew that if she broke through the barricade, everything she protected would crumble, suffocate, and wither behind her It opened to reveal that all the furniture in the parlour was moving, dancing The winding appendages of the bizarre tables and chairs were actually twisting and twirling The legs were flailing, and the statues and pictures were sashaying In the end, I just really loved this story I enjoyed watching Emeline s transformation, and seeing her challenged I really liked the progression of her and her husband John s relationship Supporting characters like Lottie and Ethel were well developed, and the characters who conspire against Emeline are creepy and self serving, yet possibly redeemable Guys, if you want some realistic historical fiction that deals with difficult issues, that doesn t allow a love story to overcome the plot, and that has you reallyfeelingfor the characters involved, go and read this right nowCopy provided by NetGalley

  4. says:

    Find this and other reviews at time to time I start reading a book without so much as glancing at the description Call me crazy, but there is something fun about flying blind and diving in with absolutely no idea what direction a story might take Such was the case with Stephanie Carroll s A White Room and for once, my adventurous spirit was not disappointed Carroll creates a deliciously creepy atmosphere within these pages and I love the parallel Find this and other reviews at time to time I start reading a book without so much as glancing at the description Call me crazy, but there is something fun about flying blind and diving in with absolutely no idea what direction a story might take Such was the case with Stephanie Carroll s A White Room and for once, my adventurous spirit was not disappointed Carroll creates a deliciously creepy atmosphere within these pages and I love the parallel between the figurative and literal captivity this character suffers while confined to her new home Like Shirley Jackson, Carroll relies on terror rather than horror to tap into the emotions of her readers, creating a unique and addictively page turning brand of fear The transition to the second portion of the story wasn t as clear as I might have liked, but I can t deny I found the material Carroll covered in the later chapters as compelling and intriguing as that of first The key difference being that where the early sections of the novel showcased Carroll s gift for storytelling, the latter brilliantly demonstrated her ability to tackle delicate subject matter through fiction Though I greatly enjoyed the book, there was one aspect I found insensitive and rather disappointing Carroll s story touches on not one, but two controversial issues abortion and assisted suicide Personally I don t care and feel the author s manipulation of this touchy material was, but I was upset to discover neither topic was mentioned in the jacket description It is one thing for a reader to ignore the cover blurb as I did, but is quite another for an advertisement to blindside readers by completely omitting the appearance of subject matter some find uncomfortable and or offensive I pride myself penning honest commentary and while the above paragraph is critical, I want to reiterate how much I enjoyed this story Carroll is a wonderful storyteller and a truly gifted writer But for my disappointment at the lack of discretion afforded her readers, I found A White Room a highly satisfying and thought provoking read

  5. says:

    What can I say WOW this is a captivating story I must admit when I first started reading I thought it a little thin on the descriptive side and the author seemed to miss describing exploring key elements of the early part of the story to which I was a little disappointed I was wrong, stay tuned because it all makes sense later My feelings for the main character Emeline vacillated between pity and admiration as the story unfolded Each character is interesting, some evolve with time, some I What can I say WOW this is a captivating story I must admit when I first started reading I thought it a little thin on the descriptive side and the author seemed to miss describing exploring key elements of the early part of the story to which I was a little disappointed I was wrong, stay tuned because it all makes sense later My feelings for the main character Emeline vacillated between pity and admiration as the story unfolded Each character is interesting, some evolve with time, some I hated others I loved the sign of a well written book Each character was believable in their own way and came alive with the telling I don t want to spoil the storyline for anyone who is yet to read it so I wont say anything about it other than to say, thank God things have changed since the 1800 s My goodness their understanding of mental health was appalling The further you get into this story theit captivates you.Stephanie Carroll has given us a truly amazing gift and I can t wait to see this one as a movie A brilliant debut novel and I look forward to readingof her writing Thank you for a beautifully crafted tale

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    A White RoomStephanie CarrollA debut novel by Stephanie Carroll full of surprises After the death of her father puts her family into poverty, Emma marries John Dorr its the only thing she can do to help her mother and sisters John moves them to Labellum, Missouri, where she knows no one and is not welcomed by the society women Their gothic house has an unusual effect on Emma She sees furniture moving and people and creatures staring at her from empty rooms It is almost as if the house is a A White RoomStephanie CarrollA debut novel by Stephanie Carroll full of surprises After the death of her father puts her family into poverty, Emma marries John Dorr its the only thing she can do to help her mother and sisters John moves them to Labellum, Missouri, where she knows no one and is not welcomed by the society women Their gothic house has an unusual effect on Emma She sees furniture moving and people and creatures staring at her from empty rooms It is almost as if the house is alive The house is down right creepy and Emeline needs to escape from it.I wasn t sure how I really felt about Emeline Yes she was in a loveless marriage and struggles with many things Was it admiration or pity that I was feeling for her Stephanie made me think about how I really felt about abortion and assisted suicide All in all, a good but difficult read about feminism and realistic historical fiction Emeline sacrificed so much for her family and at times my heart broke for her and other times, I wanted to shake some sense into her

  7. says:

    There is so many subjects covered in this story A dead father, a family impoverished, an arranged marriage, viscous church woman, severe depression, the color divide, abortion and so muchInteresting story, kept my attention and the parts where Emeline goes into a depression and feels the house is against her, the furniture moving and twisting, all out to get her I could definitely see the influence of Charlotte Perkins I almost think this novel tried to be too many things, tried to cov There is so many subjects covered in this story A dead father, a family impoverished, an arranged marriage, viscous church woman, severe depression, the color divide, abortion and so muchInteresting story, kept my attention and the parts where Emeline goes into a depression and feels the house is against her, the furniture moving and twisting, all out to get her I could definitely see the influence of Charlotte Perkins I almost think this novel tried to be too many things, tried to cover to many issues of that time period Emeline herself, has so many things happen to her it sometimes lacks credibility That said this is a good novel, by an Indie author and I am glad to seeof these novels brought to the readers attention This author can write and I look forward to seeing what she writes next,

  8. says:

    A loveless marriage can drive a woman insane.This is a story about that, about lack of communication, marrying in haste, loneliness, guilt, ambitions that go nowhere, and how lack of affection and conversation can affect one s mental state.And it s all in a really unique historical setting a creepy house in 1901 Missouri.The tale is told in first person and it completely worked for this novel I never felt too confined We knew what the heroine knew and noand that added to the suspense of A loveless marriage can drive a woman insane.This is a story about that, about lack of communication, marrying in haste, loneliness, guilt, ambitions that go nowhere, and how lack of affection and conversation can affect one s mental state.And it s all in a really unique historical setting a creepy house in 1901 Missouri.The tale is told in first person and it completely worked for this novel I never felt too confined We knew what the heroine knew and noand that added to the suspense of the tale HUGE applause to the author for mastering this.Emeline wants to be a nurse, but fate doesn t cooperate Instead, she finds herself married to a man who refuses to speak to her, her ambitions unfulfilled, in a town full of the snottiest women Actually, some of the women are nice, the lower class But I must say dealing with these awful society ladies would drive me up a wall too Emeline begins to slowly lose it At first, I honestly thought the house may be haunted It was that creepy Again, this is something the author did very well If she intended us to be not quite sure of the heroine s mental state, she did a perfect job.Something else really cool about this book is how it shows us the beginnings of a crappy healthcare system and doctors who refuse the poor It s a bit like nowadays, what with doctors and hospitals refusing to treat those without insurance and those without insurance lying at home in pain, suffering, rather than go into deep credit card debt Well, they didn t have credit cards back then and the poor and destitute could not afford the doctor And when laws were created that prevented midwives and such from helping othersit made a whole nother problem.This book tackles on so many thingsbut it really impacted me on this one issue some of us just really need a purpose beyond home and hearth I totally got this and related to the heroine so well At times I felt I was reading my own thoughts I get it Emeline isn t happy just doing laundry and cooking she wants to do something , to make an impact, to have a reason to wake in the morning Without thatit s not a pretty picture.And she finds that something , in the form of playing doctor and helping the poor and afflicted whom the doctors refuse to aid I really like this woman Was she perfect No Did she do some bad things Yes But I liked her regardless Another point for the author It s important that even while we may not agree with everything a heroine does, we must understand her or be able to see it from her POV Very few authors pull this off so well.This novel was very, very thought evoking The guilt theme, the can doing something wrong be right issue had me nodding my head and musing on many issues the book brought to mind I m hesitant to elaborate further as I don t wish to ruin anything for anyone I will say however, that it put me through a gauntlet of emotions Confusion, sympathy, laughter the man with flatulence OMG , anger, dismay, sadness, and understanding.Full review

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    I received a free ebook copy of this from NetGalley.First, I want to say that some of the author s influences such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman are quite evident throughout the text, to the point that I noticed long before I read the acknowledgements However, as I m quite fond of The Yellow Wallpaper, I don t really consider this a problem and any who enjoyed the story will probably rather like the similar feel of this longer story of a woman assumed to be hysterical and shut away.I will gi I received a free ebook copy of this from NetGalley.First, I want to say that some of the author s influences such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman are quite evident throughout the text, to the point that I noticed long before I read the acknowledgements However, as I m quite fond of The Yellow Wallpaper, I don t really consider this a problem and any who enjoyed the story will probably rather like the similar feel of this longer story of a woman assumed to be hysterical and shut away.I will give credit to this book for its plot for the most part it is relatively straightforward, but there were a few surprises along the way, and a few pieces that settle quite nicely into place in the longer narrative, once they are discovered And when a surprise occurs in a story, that s all I can really ask for that it doesn t feel forced in, or like it was added after the fact, or anything like that It has to feel like it belongs.That said, for all my general praise for the plot and characters and writing it is, fortunately, largely historically accurate though a few turns of phrases stuck out at me as inappropriate for the time period and or social standing of some characters , I want to give this a good 3.5 stars because of the ending It was generally satisfying, and I am overall happy, but certain aspects of it felt a little too heavy handed A few lines of narration removed from the end and it would have felt a little less like it was assuming I didn t understand the meaning and messages of the book I think it would have been that muchsatisfying had I been given the opportunity to realize the significance of certain things on my own, in retrospect, instead of the book deciding it needed to spell its symbolism out to the reader.Over all, however, I was happy and satisfied with this read, and it was well worth my time

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    Read my full review rating 4.5 Stars My opinion What a debut this novel was Combined with some great writing, the story laid out with a level of tension that kept me on the edge of my seat I kept having flashbacks to the great movie of the 1940 s called Gaslight that starred Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten In Gaslight, one could not determine what was real and what was imagined until the stunning conclusion This book went down the same path Ms Carroll s novel is Read my full review rating 4.5 Stars My opinion What a debut this novel was Combined with some great writing, the story laid out with a level of tension that kept me on the edge of my seat I kept having flashbacks to the great movie of the 1940 s called Gaslight that starred Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten In Gaslight, one could not determine what was real and what was imagined until the stunning conclusion This book went down the same path Ms Carroll s novel is the epitome of why I love Indie and debut authors If this is a start, I can t wait to see what else comes up for this dynamic author

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