The title of this book clearly states the plot: an 18-year-old young woman (Rosamond Vivian) is stalked for several years by her 35-year-old ex-lover (Phillip Tempest). The story begins on a tiny island in an unknown region (England, possibly), travels halfway through Europe--from Italy to France, to name a few places--, then comes full-circle back to England(?) for the dramatic ending (which was a little disappointing, I thought). On more than one occasion, I found myself snickering at how cheesy the book was, but for an "old classic", it was pretty entertaining and shocking, especially with the type of conflict not usually seen in Alcott's work, such as bigamy, divorce, and murder--all committed by Phillip with the help of his evil servant (Baptiste), including the murder of Phillip's own son, Lito.
The book was written in August and September of 1866 and mirrored a lot of the places Alcott saw while visiting Europe in 1865. Unfortunately, "A Long Fatal Love Chase" was not published until over a century later, rejected for being "too long and too sensational"--which, in truth, it is. The editor, Kent Bicknell, took the chore of deciphering Alcott's messy handwriting and finished the book for print in the late 1990s, leaving as much of the original story intact. Overall, it turned out pretty well. I would highly recommend this book to Louisa May Alcott fans or fans of historical, romantic fiction.