The Limerence of Alice Rossetti

Limerence is often called love, but it is not; it is a compulsive desire for one person above all others, along with a mind-altering, desperate need to be acknowledged by that person

This is a story of love and limerence, of Alice's struggle to overcome her disappointments and to fulfil her long-held belief in perfect love. It deals with longing, with forgiveness, with promises kept and broken, and the vivid historical strand running through the story – so vital to Alice – brings to life the ancestors she's proud of and those she would rather forget; the port of Bristol holds them all and the unblemished life of her hero Captain Phillip Rossetti guides her through the fantasies of her youth to the calamity she is helpless to avoid.

...the Ship is making good headway & We shall pass the Islands of the Azores to Our Starboard, in the morning. I am coming Home.

On a Sunday morning in late October 1996, Alice Rossetti Greerson sits in the room her ancestor was coming home to, so long ago. She looks around her, at the leftovers of a happier time and feels, rather than thinks, it wasn't supposed to be like this.

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Paperback & eBook published
May 2021

A companion to The Limerence of Alice Rossetti, this is the story of the Rossetti and Bennett families, from 1757 to 1996.

A novella-length, in-depth account of the intrigues and turbulent times of Alice Rossetti's ancestors, from their beginnings in Genoa in the north of Italy, through their Bristol years and up to the mid-nineties and the time of Alice's troubles.

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