Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lady Audley's Secret - by M. E. Braddon

Free US/UK Kindle Classic
Lady Audley's Secret is an 1862 “sensational” novel by M. E. Braddon. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)   Have you noticed how many women writers used initials in these pre-copyright era books?  Mary Elizabeth was a very popular novelist and I doubt anyone was in suspense as to M. E. Braddon’s gender.

I like this brief, evocative, description:
At the end of this avenue there was an old arch and a clock tower, with a stupid, bewildering clock, which had only one hand—and which jumped straight from one hour to the
next—and was therefore always in extremes. Through this arch you walked straight into the gardens of Audley Court.
And there is foreboding aplenty!
The baronet lifted her in his arms and kissed her once upon the forehead, then quietly bidding her good-night, he walked straight out of the house. He walked straight out of the house, this foolish old man, because there was some strong emotion at work in his breast—neither joy nor triumph, but something almost akin to disappointment—some stifled and unsatisfied longing which lay heavy and dull at his heart, as if he had carried a corpse in his bosom.
Read it and find out why this book has never been out of print.

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