The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

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I’m finally starting to catch up with all of the novels I downloaded over the summer. Super exciting, I know.

The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay was amongst those novels downloaded this summer. And if they’re all at least this good (I’m rating it in the B-range), I’ll be a happy camper this holiday season.

The Virgin Cure was an interesting story: historical fiction set in 1871 Manhattan… with a young, female protagonist named Moth. Strange name, yes. The novel follows Moth from the slums of downtown Manhattan all the way to the mansions uptown; the betrayal of her mother and caretakers and the abandonment of her childhood self, all the way into her lifelong goal of becoming a relatively high-end prostitute.

Aim high, indeed.

However, Moth soon discovers prostitution isn’t truly her desired career path – instead she really just wants to be somewhere where her personality (and her beauty) can be adequately appreciated.

Obviously. All in all, the novel was fairly predictable… though it would be a great read for an airplane or some beach time this holiday season. Keep in mind that The Virgin Cure isn’t particularly suitable for drastically younger readers, as it deals with some pretty mature themes (prostitution, rape, molestation, violence, and destitution). Just a head’s up.