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The Tragic Bride

Francis Brett Young

Book Overview: 

The story centers on Gabrielle Hewish, only and lonely child of Sir Jocelyn Hewish, a loveable lush and owner of the peaceful Roscarna estate nestled in the Irish countryside. In due course, young Gabrielle falls in love with a Navy man whose untimely demise sends her into a depression, and the consequences of which alter her future, culminating in a fascinating and quite unpredictable relationship with Mrs. Payne and her troubled son Arthur. A story of understanding in it’s finest sense and aptly titled, The Tragic Bride is both interesting as a story and telling as a character study.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jocelyn stared at her with wrinkled eyes. "The devil you did!" said he.

Radway's letters had exactly the effect on her that he had intended. They were an excitement, and she read them over and over again till she almost knew them by heart. They were the first outside interest that had ever entered her life. With Considine's help she looked up the ports at which they were posted on a big map in the library and thinking of their romantic names and the wonders that they suggested, she also thought a good deal of the writer.

So it was, almost unconsciously, that Radway began to fill a considerable place in her thoughts. His impression had fallen on an extraordinarily virginal mind that the thought of love-making had never disturbed. Physically, she hadn't responded to him in the least; but the long silences of Roscarna and particularly those of the following winter, when Slieveannilaun loomed above the woods like an immense and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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I enjoyed this book very much although it's difficult to pinpoint the reason. Nothing really happens, in terms of action or excitement. The interest lies in the characters -- their interactions with each other and the ways in which they change. The ending was quite shocking and mysterious. I felt...more

3.5 Stars

Gabrielle is the only child of a rather debauched gentleman living in a crumbling Irish stately home. Being quite isolated, she is mainly brought up by his lowly housekeeper/ mistress Biddy and one or two servants.

Around her 15th or 16th year she experiences society while visiting a cous...more

First Published in 1921, this Francis Brett Young novel can still be bought in paperback off Amazon, one of a few FBY novels that House of stratus re-published a few years ago.There is something quite definitely Hardyesque about the character of Gabrielle, a wild and beautiful girl who marries a...more