Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman

Out of work and no where to go, Minna had no other recourse but to ask her sister to take her in.

Minna knew the household wouldn't be calm with six children and a household staff​, but she managed.  In fact, she managed very well.  The children fell in love with her and so did her brother-in-law.  Or did he really fall in love with her or was she simply a convenience?​
Sigmund Freud ​betrayed ​​his wife, ​and Minna betrayed her sister.  The affair started out with ​early evening and some ​late night meetings that included flirting and drugs.  Did his wife know about the affair or was she too addicted to opium to even notice?

You will definitely dislike Sigmund Freud as a person and question his thinking about why people develop psychological disorders. He was arrogant, a smooth operator, apparently quite good looking,​ and he used his field of study to his advantage. He was not a kind man especially to women, but he knew how to seduce Minna.  He had no regard for his wife who had six children with him.

Minna, “the mistress," was actually likable because even though she knew she couldn't stop herself about wanting to be with Freud, she did feel guilty. ​ It was funny to be reminded that women of that era were so set on only finding a husband and no career per say except as domestic help, a companion for another woman, or caring for children.

FREUD’S MISTRESS was enjoyable and very well written. The book flowed nicely, and you could actually visualize everything and feel the characters' emotions and moods because of Ms. Mack’s and Ms. Kaufman’s marvelous writing skills.​
Some of the characters and some of the situations were comical. Love, infidelity, history, comedy, Freud's theories, ​and social issues were the main themes.​
It is always interesting to​ look into the life of a famous person especially during the 1800's. ​If you like historical fiction, you should enjoy FREUD'S MISTRESS.  4/5

The ending notes from the authors that contained information about Sigmund Freud's life was quite interesting and helpful.

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.​


  1. this is interesting thank you for sharing. I will be looking it up.

    Thank you for stopping by always a NICE surprise getting new people I am now following you and hope you will follow back

  2. THANKS for stopping, Gilligan.

    And thanks for following.

  3. Sounds like an interesting read, I shall have to check it out.

  4. I'm not keen on Freud, I'm sure he was one to compartmentalize his life to his own satisfaction. But I'm curious, because lately lots of books have come out about a famous historical person, reading like a novel, semi-fictional, so that it's hard to tell if I'm reading authorial conjecture or something known to be true. Do you know how much of this book is based on known facts?

  5. This sounds interesting. I've been enjoying historical fiction lately and this about someone whose personal life is a mystery to me sounds like it could be really interesting.

  6. His life really wasn't a mystery, but it was interesting. :)

    Thanks for stopping, Katherine.

    Glad to hear historical fiction is of interest to you.

  7. Elizabeth Varadan - I do not know how much is based on known facts.

    They did give some information at the back of the book as I mentioned so I am sure it was based on that.

    I would write to the authors. I am sure they would be happy to share that information.

    Thanks for stopping, Elizabeth

  8. I really enjoyed this book! A great read, and so interesting I went on to buy a biography just to see how much of it was true. Haven't read it yet though.

  9. I love when books grab you and make you want to learn more.

    He was an interesting person. She was too.

    THANKS for stopping, Lisbeth.

  10. You will like him even less after you read this book.

    The book was EXCELLENT in spite of him. :)

    THANKS for stopping, Janie.