The Lawyer's Secret

The Lawyer s Secret Orphan Ellinor Arden is called from her secluded Paris home to London for the hearing of her estranged uncle s will To her surprise she is named as the inheritor of his fortune on condition that she

  • Title: The Lawyer's Secret
  • Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon Matthew Sweet
  • ISBN: 9781843911890
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Orphan Ellinor Arden is called from her secluded Paris home to London for the hearing of her estranged uncle s will To her surprise, she is named as the inheritor of his fortune, on condition that she marry his adopted son Encouraged by her lawyer and guardian, the dashing Horace Margrave, she attaches herself irreversibly to this perfect stranger, but it soon becomes clOrphan Ellinor Arden is called from her secluded Paris home to London for the hearing of her estranged uncle s will To her surprise, she is named as the inheritor of his fortune, on condition that she marry his adopted son Encouraged by her lawyer and guardian, the dashing Horace Margrave, she attaches herself irreversibly to this perfect stranger, but it soon becomes clear that her trust in a dead man s wishes has been misplaced Suspense ridden sensation fiction from a master of the art, The Lawyer s Secret and the counterpart piece presented here, Mystery at Fernwood, are particularly valuable for affording a rare female take on an art form still dominated by the male viewpoint.

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    1. Reason for Reading: I love Victorian literature.Comments: Published as part of the Hesperus Classics series, which publishes obscure or little known titles by well-known classic authors, this book actually contains two titles: "The Lawyer's Secret", a novella, which was originally published as a serialization and a short story entitled "The Mystery at Fernwood".In "The Lawyer's Secret" a woman receives a large inheritance from her uncle with the stipulation that she marry his adopted son. At fir [...]

    2. Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915) was a prolific author of "Sensation Fiction"; stories of lies and secrets. This volume contains two of her stories. The first of an attorney and the second of a family with dark secrets.The book is an enjoyable quick read. Well written. Fans of afternoon soaps will find this volume most enjoyable.

    3. Even if you love Braddon's sensation novels like I do, you can skip this one. The "secret" turns out to be gambling, and Braddon deals with the "mercenary marriage" issue much better in some of her other books, like Fenton's Quest.

    4. Oh the melodrama, the suspense which Braddon dispenses with quite early actually and you can see your way quite clearly to the expected finale. She was extremely prolific and these 2 stories ("Mystery at Fernwood Street" was to my mind somewhat superior) seem as if they were banged out quite quickly to their detriment methinks. Nevertheless a quick fun read, just don't expect too much from them.

    5. A short Victorian novel. The secret was rather obvious early on, but it was an interesting read anyway. Times sure have changed!

    6. Enjoyable in predictable and a little silly (but then again we don't think like people did back then). The short story at the end is excellent, totally gripping and I couldn't put it down

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