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Peek Inside The Madness of Miss Grey

Helen and Will need to work together if she’s going to be free. It won’t be easy, not when her benefactor is determined to keep her locked up and hidden forever.

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All of society believes former actress Helen Grey to be mad, but after a decade imprisoned in a crumbling Yorkshire asylum, she’s managed to cling to sanity. When a new doctor arrives, she finally sees an opportunity for freedom and she’ll do anything to not let it slip between her fingers.

Dr. William Carter knows Miss Grey is using him, but he can’t blame her. She’s no madder than he is yet she’s spent years in this place. He’ll help her escape, but they can’t cross the line and give into temptation—no matter how much he would like.

Helen and Will need to work together if she’s ever going to be free. It won’t be easy, not when her mysterious benefactor is determined to keep her locked up and hidden from society forever. When Helen is entangled in her own trap and begins to fall for Will too, she must fight not only for her liberty but for her right to love.


“What an exquisite story of torment — the torment of doing the right thing and the torment of being right and unable to do anything about it. I read about the struggles and victories of the people in Julia Bennet’s story, The Madness of Miss Grey, with an aching heart. The sensitivity and strength of purpose that Bennet brings to the tale is at once elegant and harrowing, and the ultimate achievement of the happily ever after feels just as much a triumph for the characters as for the reader.” -Frolic Media

An intelligent and satisfying read.” -Soloni R., NetGalley

“WOW!! This was an amazing debut from this author and I was captivated by her writing. This was a well written romance it had plenty of mystery and intrigue. I loved the mystery to this story it kept me guessing and turning the pages.” -Maria D., Goodreads

Entertaining, gripping, and deliciously atmospheric, this book had me hooked from page one.” -Erika C., NetGalley

“This story was full of dark secrets and it certainly pulls me into it and I was hooked into reading till the last page and the ending.” -Patricia L., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637924
Series: The Harcastle Inheritance, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 22, 2019
Page Count: 334
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical victorian
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, friends to lovers, opposites attract, overcoming odds, unrequited love

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By Blackjack June 13, 2019

Julia Bennet's debut novel offers much to romance readers interested in historical authenticity, and even though I did my early graduate studies in 19th century lit, I still learned interesting information here on constructions of "madness" as well as what goes on behind the curtains at asylums. Pro ...more

By OLT June 15, 2019

(3.5 stars) What I like about this HR is that the story line is one that's much less used by HR authors, possibly because it's a bit dark, dreary, and somewhat of a downer. It deals with possible madness and the inept, incompetent, ignorant and often cruel treatment of those in mental institutions. ...more

By KimberlyRose June 29, 2019

This is an outstanding historical romance debut. The characters were believable, complex, unique (‘ugly,’ big, low-born rough hero/curvy, clever, unapologetic, sexually experienced heroine) with compelling personalities. The plot was riveting and paced perfectly, and the development of the main coup ...more

By MrsMascara April 17, 2019

Excellent and a little different this historical romance has a dark undertone.

This book is not your average lighthearted regency romance, it is however, very well written, with a slightly unusual dark plot, compelling characters, and some nice touches which have stayed with me.

Helen Grey is 26, and ...more

By Laura March 26, 2019

3.5 stars. It was pretty dark. Definitely not a typical historical. ...more

By Lori April 20, 2019

Yorkshire 1882 "If I go back, they'll never let me go again." That was the thought of Helen Grey as she met Dr William Carter as she tried to escape the asylum. This story pulled me in right from the first page and did not let go until the end. Helen had been in the asylum for ten years since she wa ...more

By Petula April 02, 2019

Dr William Carter is a housekeeper's son who was lucky to have a sponsor who paid for his education. He has a new job in an asylum, and is shocked at the way the patients are treated. The doctor in charge has a good reputation and Will has always wanted to work with him, but finds the man is nothing ...more

By Tammy April 30, 2019

Helen has managed to stay sane in the asylum for 10 years. Will is a new Dr. and know that Helen doesn’t belong there. Will he help her escape and who wants her to stay in the asylum? I liked this historical read, the story is fast-paced and entertaining and the characters have plenty of depth. A go ...more

By Linda April 10, 2019

A housekeeper’s son, Will is “common” but is given the opportunity of education by a kindly benefactor (his mother’s employer) & comes full circle back to the very manor where he grew up, returning as a doctor. The manor is now an asylum run by the well known Dr Sterling whom Will hopes to gain perm ...more

By Bre October 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this book ... Honestly, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, because it was a completely new genre for me, not something I would normally ever pick-up. Mainly because, in my experience modern fiction is just SO badly written.
This was really the exception; the writing is excellent ...more

By wonderfullyweird88 March 27, 2019

Helen Grey has been confined to an insane asylum since the death of her mother when she was fifteen years old. Her mother was an actress and Helen is the result of an affair with an unknown high born gentleman. Her father, wishing to hide Helen away, commits her to an exclusive asylum where she has ...more

The Madness of Miss Grey by Julia Bennet is the story of Helen Grey and Dr. William Carter.
Will start in life was the son of a housekeeper but after sponsorship was able to become a Dr. Now he is excited to be working with a Dr that he has admired at the Manor House Asylum. Helen is a illegitimate d ...more

By Maria April 22, 2019

The Madness of Miss Grey
by Julia Bennet

WOW!! This was an amazing debut from this author and I was captivated by her writing. This was a well written romance it had plenty of mystery and intrigue. I loved the mystery to this story it kept me guessing and turning the pages. Helen Grey a young woman ha ...more

By Bookishly April 24, 2019

This book was so interesting. Not only because the majority of it takes place in an insane asylum, but because William takes the cases like a modern doctor.

Whereas Sterling, the head doctor in the asylum, was stuck in his ways where a woman, if they looked too long at something, was deemed unfit.

It ...more

By Ella November 18, 2019

The setting for this historical romance is a 'madhouse' to which the heroine has been cruelly dispatched. All her efforts to escape have come to nothing when a new Doctor arrives who might offer hope of escape.

Helen is a fascinating heroine, both captive and wronged and also constantly scheming and ...more

By Tammy April 24, 2019

Loved this historical romance set in an asylum. It was a bit dark but not too much. Helen and Will had intelligent conversations that dealt with the treatments of the mentally ill during that time period. Will was an average man in looks and was lower class. He received an education in mental health ...more

By Oana August 27, 2020

I read this one after I finished the second book of the series. I read it in one stand. I find author's style refreshing.
The story is great, heroine is, for once, not ingenue, but manipulative and ready to do what needs to be done. The hero is a practical man, the heat is there, the ending satisfyi ...more

By Amy March 25, 2019

I enjoyed William and Helen's story. I was definitely a different type of historical romance than I normally read, but still enjoyable. It didn't have all the positive things that you tend to get in a romance. Helen is locked up in an asylum when she shouldn't be, so much of the storyline is her lif ...more

By Liz May 25, 2019

Historical romance classic! The Madness of Miss Grey unfolds like a classic old movie. Julia Bennet's writing draws you into the story from the first few pages and holds you to the very end. Well written, the darkness of the plot is masterfully handled, balanced by a beautiful love story. Many histo ...more

By Suzette April 22, 2019

An unconventional love story. Will and Helen are doctor and patient when they first meet. The author gives a lot of detail on the care of psychiatry patients in the late 19th century. There is is also interesting conversations about the hypocrisy of the way moral thinking was used to curb women in s ...more

By kathy kemmerer April 04, 2020

Loved the story!

This was a great story that held my interest to the end! Miss Grey in this story is put in a mental institution to keep her hidden from society and the new doctor comes to promote better care for patients! So he makes her life much better and love happens!💖. Great new author for me! ...more

By Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews March 30, 2019

I was okay with this book. While I enjoyed the romance, there was definitely some weirdness with the mental health aspect. Like even though the guy knew she wasn't actually crazy, she was technically still his patient. The book addresses this a bit, though not as much as I would have liked. I also l ...more

By Anne in VA April 25, 2020

Very impressive debut novel. Loved the main characters. Loved that Will wasn't the typical rich business man or aristocrat. Way to buck the trend Mrs. Bennet! I think a couple more pages dedicated to tie up some loose ends, give a little more realism to the practice in an asylum, and flesh out some ...more

By Jill April 25, 2019

This is not your typical historical romance and I loved it! The story is very strong and pulls you in immediately. Helen Grey and Will Carter are the two main characters who both have so much to offer each other. I could.not put this book down. ...more

By Kerryn August 23, 2019

No, the trope isn't new -- try Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm, for one. But Ms. Bennet has done a beautiful job here. The protagonists are quite unusual and her writing took me deep into their minds and hearts. Loved every minute! ...more

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Julia Bennet

About the author

Julia Bennet

Julia spent years looking for something to do with her English degree. Insurance underwriting, proofreading academic papers, and waitressing all proved unsatisfying. She spent an alarming amount of time daydreaming at her desk until she decided she might as well put the stories in her head down on paper. When Julia isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her two children and her amazing husband/I.T. support.

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