Valentine’s Day book guide: Unusual Valentine’s Day read

Lenore Hart, author of the critically-praised novel Becky, has written a disturbingly delightful fiction novel about the life and marriage of Edgar Allan Poe and his child bride, Virginia “Sissy” Clemm.

The Ravens Bride

This is not your typical Valentine’s Day love story, but it’s sure to haunt your heart. A historical fiction novel that captures the life of one of history’s most ominous writers, The Raven’s Bride is a book told from the perspective of Sissy, Edgar Allan Poe’s young bride, who was also his cousin.

The Raven’s Bride

She was his muse, inspiring stories and poems, and his caregiver when his demons overtook him. Her early death was his undoing.

The Raven’s Bride is a beautifully-written coming of age story, as Sissy grows from a young girl living in genteel poverty, through her adolescence, marriage and young adulthood as Poe’s wife. It’s also a love story, showing the ups and downs of Sissy and Poe’s tumultuous and complicated marriage.

Seeing Poe through Sissy’s eyes offers an intimate glimpse into both characters to create a narrative that Poe fans as well as lovers of literature and history will enjoy.

About Lenore Hart

Lenore Hart is the author of Becky, Ordinary Springs, Waterwoman and other novels. She teaches creative writing at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and Old Dominion University in Virginia. She lives on the Eastern shore of Virginia with her husband, novelist David Poyer, and their daughter. To learn more about Lenore and her books, visit her website.

More Valentine’s Day Reads

Don’t miss the rest of our Valentine’s Day reading list — check out our pick for a Heartfelt Read for you endearing romantics or our Red Hot Read for those who want a racier romantic read.


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