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For those who have read Elizabeth von Arnim books, this is not the "The Enchanted April" or "Elizabeth's German Garden". This is not a book for the faint of heart or mind. This is not a book for kids of any age. However, if you are tough enough, this book will take you by the throat and hurl you crashing against the last period of the last sentence. I think that it is one of Elizabeth von Arnim's most powerful and best books. I add that it is one that I least like. I read it much less often than "The Enchanted April".
For young women who fancy themselves in love, read this book then look again at your proposed husband. You might see Vera, the young, beautiful, first wife of Mr. Wemyss dead. Did she commit suicide? Or was she pushed? Was she driven to take her life? We wonder; we speculate; we have thoughts. What is the fate of Lucy, the young, lovely, soft, wonderful second wife? I do not wonder. I know. I know.
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