The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton
By Viveka Portman
I enjoyed the short Novella by Viveka Portman. The story launched right into the action and snagged my interest from the first sentence: ‘I am with child, again’. So apt for a historical. I accepted the setting, the marriage arrangement of Cecelia and main characters.
This is an erotic novella without being crass. The scenes are loving and quite gentle, descriptive and detailed in fitting with the historical time period. I believed the gay relationship between Cecelia and Bess, more so because of the arranged marriage predicament and I truly believe that gay women had a hard road in times past. These scenes were written well and depicted a loving relationship between the women.
I didn’t like the starting scene between Cecelia and William, but I don’t think I was meant to. Instead I was taken on a journey of a young, inexperienced woman of eighteen through her first sexual encounter with a man she didn’t know and then through the next five years of understanding, life and children.
I liked the neat ending, where all three main characters made for a happy ending. A very clever fit to end the story.
The main characters voice remained strong and true to the end of the story and I read the entire novella in one sitting.
4 stars for me