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Her Mother's Secret

E.D.E.N. Southworth

Book Overview: 

What kind of secret could a mother be keeping that would keep long time lovers apart, and force her eldest daughter into a hasty marriage? Young Odalite and her cousin Leonidas have lived the past three years apart, with Leonidas at sea, and were planning on marrying when he came back. An old acquaintance turns up who knows something about Odalite’s mother’s past, and holds that secret over her, threatening dishonor to her and her family, unless she gives him what he wants. Will true love win the day?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .orner between the fireplace and the side window.

He closed the door, turned the key, and came and sat beside her.

She looked up in his face uneasily.

He took her hand gently within his own and said:

“Elfrida, dear, why can’t you trust me? Why have you troubled yourself for days with a question that should have been settled satisfactorily on its first arising? Tell me.”

She started slightly, and looked at him intently.

Had he discovered anything? Did he suspect anything?

But no! The honest black eyes fixed on hers had no expression but perfect love and faith.

“Why didn’t you tell me, wife, that Odalite had given her heart to Anglesea? Did you think that I was so selfish as to sacrifice my own child—your child—to my private ambition? No, Elfrida! No, dear! Never think so hardly of me.”

She could not reply. She burst into tears, covered her face with her hands. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I enjoyed this book very much. However, the story is not complete. It continues in the next volume, Love’s Bitterest Cup.

I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. I absolutely loved the first half. I found it witty, light-hearted, and fast moving.

Then it kind of dropped off and I had a harder time getting through it because it became wordy and repetitive.

There wasn't an ending at all and the "secret", which w

Before you read this, you need to know that there's a sequel. It's called Love's Bitterest Cup. I didn't know this until the end of the book. It's important because if you want to know what the secret referred to in the book's title is, you're not going to get it here. (If you are, I missed it.)


I liked this story, although it was very unrealistic. The dialogue reminds of Little Women. It's not a style for everyone, but I'm still interested enough to read the sequel.