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The New Magdalen

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

Mercy Merrick is living a difficult life on the streets, but when she meets the young and charismatic clergyman Julian Gray, she desires to leave this life behind and start afresh. She packs her things and volunteers as a nurse in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. It is, however, very difficult to leave your life behind, and even harder to start a new life in a society so dependent on social connections. So when she sees that Grace Roseberry is killed by a shell, Mercy assumes Grace's identity and social position.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .My dear Grace!" he exclaimed; "what have I said or done to startle you this time?"

She held up her hand for silence. "Lady Janet's nephew is Julian Gray," she repeated; "and I only know it now!"

Horace's perplexity increased. "My darling, now you do know it, what is there to alarm you?" he asked.

(There was enough to alarm the boldest woman living—in such a position, and with such a temperament as hers. To her mind the personation of Grace Roseberry had suddenly assumed a new aspect: the aspect of a fatality. It had led her blindfold to the house in which she and the preacher at the Refuge were to meet. He was coming—the man who had reached her inmost heart, who had influenced her whole life! Was the day of reckoning coming with him?)

"Don't notice me," she said, faintly. "I have been ill all the morning. You saw it yourself when you came in here; even the sound of your voice alarmed me. I shall be better directly. . . . Read More

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Totalmente desconocida para mí esta novela de Wilkie Collins, que nos rescata ahora @editorialfunambulista, que quizá no esté a la altura de sus más famosos títulos como La mujer de blanco o La piedra lunar, pero no por ello desmerece el estilo, la temática y sobre todo la maestría narrativa del aut

Una novela de fácil lectura, empieza con el encuentro de dos jóvenes mujeres en circunstancias de guerra, una es herida gravemente y la toman por muerta, así la otra puede en su situación desesperada, apoderarse de su identidad; más el destino le traerá sorpresas muy dolorosas. Desde la primera pági

It was a well-written story. I truly enjoyed it. It suffers a bit from the same problem as many novels. It had a somewhat disappointing ending. Now the ending may please some; but to me, it seemed to end too abruptly and not the way I would have liked. However, the overall story is good. It leaves t

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