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read kindle ´ East Lynne Paperback ✓ gwairsoft ´ ❮EPUB❯ ❄ East Lynne ✿ Author Mrs. Henry Wood – Gwairsoft.co.uk When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer is at stake than moral retribution Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the VictWhen the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer is at stake than moral retribution Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who feared a breakdown of the social order as divo Well that was one of the most exciting Victorian novels I've ever read Fascinating themes poignant characterisation and wonderful plotting I'd highly recommend

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Rce became readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family In her novel the simple act of hiring a governess raises the spectres of murder disguise and adultery Her sensation novel was devoured by readers from the Prince When one wants to read a Victorian author who wrote salacious stories full of intrigue and unreuited love and a dash of murder they usually reach for Wilkie Collins And there's nothing wrong with that because Collins is one of my favorites and he is truly delicious Or they turn to his BFF Charles Dickens arguably the most famous Victorian author evahThe I read however the I realize there are a lot of other books that are really great and I dare say better than Dickens This is one of themMrs Henry Wood was Ellen Wood who apparently wrote some 30 novels East Lynne is apparently the most well known of the batch I say this because it's the only book my normally awesome library system has by herIf you want sensational you'd be doing yourself a favor by picking up this book This story has it all there is a murder mystery and there's also sort of unreuited love and love triangles and sneaky financial sorts and even a courtroom drama I really enjoyed the entire story and felt connected to most of the characters throughout even if they did lean towards the melodramatic with some swooning and lots of tearsThere's a heart here that is missing from a lot of Dickens's stories or even those by Collins One could say that as a female author Wood was able to get into the hearts of her female characters in ways that her male counterparts might struggle with being the repressed Victorian fellows that they were and all But maybe it's just that Wood is a better writer and understands human nature better than they In any case she rocked the socks off of charactersShe didn't shy away from awkward parts of her story either There's less than subtle references to sex and female characters who weren't really excited by it That also seems unusual for the time period but was sort of refreshing to readThere are a few different storylines in this book but they all come together fairly well in the end Wood focused on one person or one family for a bit and then turned her focus to another person or family for another bit but throughout all of that the reader never loses sight of the other persons or families which I found to be rather artfully done Even though I was reading about the Carlyles for example I never stopped thinking about the Hares and vice versa mostly because Wood managed to tie pieces of the other family's stories into one another so they were never very far from the reader's mind even if they were not the focal point at that particular moment So often while reading Dickens we meet characters and then they disappear for a great part of the book and by the time they show up again it's like Oh shit yeah this guy Riiiight and then I have to remember what his story even was I didn't have that problem with Wood Because she was goodI highly recommend this to people who dig sensational Victorian novels as I do and especially to those who like to read less well known Victorian authors This was a delicious read My only complain was actually on the last page that made me roll my eyes and feel differently about the entire story but the pros definitely outweigh the cons here

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East LynneOf Wales to Joseph Conrad and continued to fascinate This edition returns for the first time to the racy slang ridden narrative of the first edition rather than the subseuent stylistically 'improved' versions hitherto reproduced by modern editor I could tell you that ‘East Lynne’ a huge popular success in its day has unremarkable writing is horribly contrived holds no real surprises drifts into silliness and goes on for much too longBut I could also tell you that I had to keep reading that I was very well entertained and that the book was very easy to readI’d read it before many years ago when my love for Victorian sensation novels was very new; and though I remembered that arc of the story I had forgotten so many detailsEast Lynne is an estate located near the small town of West Lynne It’s owner the Earl of Mount Severn was far from old but he was crippled by gout and very close to bankruptcy He hoped to sell East Lynne the only unentailed property still in his possession privately so that his creditors would not find out Archibald Carlyle a successful young lawyer from West Lynne visited the Earl as he was very interested in the propertyAt dinner he met the Earl’s daughter Lady Isabel Vane He saw that she was beautiful that she was innocent that she loved her father dearly and that she had no idea how precarious his – and her – position wasAfter dinner Lady Isabel left to attend a party with her cousin and chaperone Mrs Vane Lady Isabel met Captain Francis Levison her chaperone’s cousin from another wing of her family at that party He was charming but clearly no good; she was blind to his failings and utterly smittenThe Earl dies suddenly and his estate and his title are inherited by a distant cousin He is a good and decent man and he takes Lady Isabel into his home He grows fond of her but his wife is unhappy with the situation and takes that out on Lady Isabel When Carlyle has occasion to visit he discovers Lady Isabel in an agitated state and when he sees her position and she reluctantly tells him what has happened to her he offers her an escape He proposes marriage knowing that she has the ualities to become an excellent wife She was still in love with Levison but he had failed to show himself and so she agreed to the wedding so that she could leave a horrible situation and return to the home she loved at East LynneMeanwhile in West Lynne another young woman was trouble Barbara Hare’s brother Richard was a fugitive from justice accused of the murder of George Hallijohn He had been found standing over Hallijohn’s corpse gun in hand It was known that Richard was he had been courting the dead man’s daughter Afy whom he used to visit in their isolated cottage despite his father’s angry opposition Richard paid a furtive visit to his family home to see his mother and ask for money He told his sister that there was another man present on the night of the murder a Captain Thorn who had also courting Afy He thinks that Captain Thorne must be the murderer but he has no idea who he was or where he came from and Afy has disappearedBarbara turns to Archibald Carlyle – a friend and neighbour of her family and the man she had hoped to marry – for help for whom her feelings are than friendly Her father has disowned Richard her mother is frail and so she and he begin to work together to try to clear Richard’s nameIn these early chapters I was wonderfully caught up with the story and the characters; developing firm opinions about the different characters about what had happened and what – in all probability – was going to happenArchibald Carlyle was a good man but he was foolish in many waysHe allowed his imperious spinster sister – Miss Corny – to shut up her own home and move into East Lynne without giving a thought to whether she and his sweet natured wife would be compatible They weren’tHe kept Barbara Hare’s secret and he failed to give his wife any explanation about why he spent so much time at her family home It didn’t occur to him that his wife might fear the worst She didCaptain Francis Levison reappeared when Lady Isabel was at a very low ebb He charmed her all over again and she made a decision that would have terrible conseuences This was where things started to go wrong; because what I knew of Lady Isabel wouldn’t let me believe that she did what she didThere was much drama as the story played out•A train crash•A parliamentary election•A trial for murder•A deathbed scene or twoI was increasingly aware that there was far too much melodrama there was too much that was implausible and that there were far too many coincidences I was still turning the pages uickly I was still being wonderfully well entertained; the story was full of incident and I continued to be engaged by the characters and their situationsI was fascinated by Ellen Wood’s attitude to them to When she addressed her reader she had a very firm moral stance but her story suggested that she really had a little empathy and understanding Even after her fall Lady Isabel remained the heroine and even though her creator put her through the mill she did allow her glimpses of true happiness and a promise of redemptionI had to sympathise with her; a fundamentally good woman whose circumstances led her to make one mistake that she would uickly realise was that and pay for so dearlyI was sorry that the villain responsible for her fall was a little one dimensionalThe women in this story were interesting that the men and they made must have made this story feel very modern in its own time Afy was a minx but she was doing what she had to left to make her own way in the world Barbara may have been rather proud but her family situation was difficult the prospects for a young woman whose brother had been labelled a murderer weren’t good and she did the best she could for herself and the people she loved Miss Corny – well I don’t uite have the words except to say the her dress sense her economies and her firm principle were wonderfully entertaining I’d love to send her into the future – maybe into another book – to see what she made of it and what the future made of herEast Lynne is a very big book and because it became less plausible and predictable as I went on I wasn’t entirely sorry to reach the endI have to say though that because there was so much going on its pages so much to think about I’m very glad that I decided to visit it again