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A Life's Secret

Mrs. Henry Wood

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Clay? Clay?' she repeated to herself. 'And there is a likeness, if ever I saw one! Sir,' she hastily inquired, 'do you come from the neighbourhood of Ketterford?'

'I come from Ketterford itself,' replied he.

'Ah, but you were not born right in the town. I think you must be Austin Clay, sir; the orphan son of Mr. Clay and his wife—Miss Austin that used to be. They lived at the Nash farm. Sir, I have had you upon my lap scores of times when you were a little one.'

'Why——who are you?' exclaimed Austin.

'You can't have forgot old Mr. Austin, the great-uncle, sir? though you were only seven years old when he died. I was Ann Best, cook to the old gentleman, and I heard all the ins and outs of the marriage of your father and mother. The match pleased neither family, and so they just took the Nash farm for themselves, to be independent and get along without being beholden for help to anybody. Many a fruit puff have I made for. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a very enticing book which did prove enjoyable overall, with some quibbles. The framing with short seasonal essays by Jill Bailey was a good idea but I was rather unmoved by the writing and preferred Dalton's captions. Some unnecessary comments jarred... there is plenty to say about the grey