Devotion by Madeline Stevens Review

I read Devotion during one of our camping trip by Lake Superior and I was immediately engrossed in the story. The focus is on the relationship between two women of similar age but from two different social class status. It explores the obsessive and complicated love between the two women.

When Elle becomes the nanny to Lonnie's son William, it soon becomes evident that she has a yearning for something from Lonnie. Does she want to become her? Does she love her? Is it more from devotion or obsession? The whole story has a strange feel to it as the two personalities seem to become one. As the story goes on, the reader gets a feeling that something will go terribly wrong. 

Devotion is a story of love that is bordering on hate. It weighs having things versus not having them when they maybe just out of reach.

This was a clever story that had my full attention from start to finish.

Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for my gifted copy.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Here's a quick synopsis:
Ella is flat broke: wasting away on bodega coffee, barely making rent, seducing the occasional strange man who might buy her dinner. Unexpectedly, an Upper East Side couple named Lonnie and James rescue her from her empty bank account, offering her a job as a nanny and ushering her into their moneyed world. Ella's days are now spent tending to the baby in their elegant brownstone or on extravagant excursions with the family. Both women are just 26 - but unlike Ella, Lonnie has a doting husband and son, unmistakable artistic talent, and old family money.

Ella is mesmerized by Lonnie's girlish affection and disregard for the normal boundaries of friendship and marriage. Convinced there must be a secret behind Lonnie's seemingly effortless life, Ella begins sifting through her belongings, meticulously cataloguing lipstick tubes and baby teeth and scraps of writing. All the while, Ella's resentment grows, but so does an inexplicable and dizzying attraction. Soon Ella will be immersed so deeply in her cravings - for Lonnie's lifestyle, her attention, her lovers - that she may never come up for air. (Reference : Goodreads)

Happy reading,

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