Love in Excess is one of Eliza Haywood’s most popular novels. A perfect example of amatory fiction, the book is filled many themes of desire, lust, and romance. The novel includes scenes of secret meetings, adultery, and lustful language.

The novel begins and the readers meet Alovisa, Amena, and D’Elmont. Through a series of letters, D’Elmont attempts to court Amena, but her father intervenes. He refuses to let D’Elmont see Amena unless there is a proposal. Amena’s faithful servant helps set up meetings for the two to talk. The second time they meet, they are almost caught. Through the work of Alovisa’s schemes, Amena is left to believe that D’Elmont had harsh feelings towards her and begs her father to send her to a convent. This all happens in the first part of the novel. In the second part, D’Elmont and Alovisa are married, yet D’Elmont yearns for the beautiful Melliora who resists his temptations. All the while Baron, a friend of D’Elmont, falls in love with Alovisa. After the death of both Baron and Alovisa, D’Elmont is self-exiled. He finds his way to Italy in the third and final part of the novel. Melliora has been kidnapped from the convent where she was sent to after D’Elmont’s passes. He meets Melliora’s brother and they flee Italy together. In the end, D’Elmont and Melliora marry.

Love in Excess has a lot death, love, and betrayal all mixed into one impressive novel. He themes and uses of amatory fiction and language are renowned by other authors. This can be seen in the other pages listed under ‘Eliza Haywood’.