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Fenton's Quest

M. E. Braddon

Book Overview: 

This story revolves around Gilbert Fenton, a very talented middle class businessman from London, who falls in love with a beautiful country woman far below his station. He decides to marry her anyway. But is she all that she seems?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Were you reduced to absolute poverty, with the battle of life to fight all over again, I would give you my dear girl without fear of the issue. I know you are of the stuff that is not to be beaten; and I believe that neither time nor circumstance could ever change your love for her."

"You may believe that. Every day makes her dearer to me. I should be ashamed to tell you how bitterly I feel this parting, and what a desperate mental struggle I went through before I could make up my mind to go."

Marian came into the room in the midst of this conversation. She was very pale, and her eyes had a dull, heavy look. The bad news in Gilbert's letter had distressed her even more than he had anticipated.

"My darling," he said tenderly, looking down at the changed face, with her cold hand clasped in his own, "how ill you are looking! I fear I made my letter too dismal, and that it frightened you."

"Oh no, no. I am very sorry you should have this b. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wonderful Read!

Modern writers could take lessons from this excellent novel.
M. E. Braddon is a very accomplished writer from the Elizabethan era.

Somewhat predictable and slow moving, but a nice read.

Another cracking good read from ME Braddon. It's hard to describe her books without spoilers. This one deals with marriage and money, money and marriage. Women being forced to marry and the pressures to marry for money rather than for love. Like all her books there is a mystery at the core, and l...more

It's true: the good aare rewarded in the end and those who behaved badly received the "right" penalty. But ... but ... this is a great book if you can abide victorian structures