Lady Audley's Secret

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Kessinger Publishing, Mar 1, 2004 - Fiction - 460 pages
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1862. In Lady Audley_s Secret, Lucy, a governess without family, is loved by Sir Michael Audley, a rich landowner of Audley Court, Essex, and marries him even though some consider her an adventuress. George Talboys went to Australia in search of gold and returns after many years with money intended to make his wife happy. But when he encounters his old friend Robert Audley, nephew of Sir Michael, he finds that his beloved wife is no longer alive. These two unrelated events come together after George goes missing and Robert begins an investigation. See other Braddon works available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Read it for the sheer pleasure of good storytelling. - Goodreads
Braddon is a relatively transparent mystery writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Smiler69 - LibraryThing

Here, another melodramatic gothic extravaganza like I've come to love them. Might this be my 'comfort reading' region? There's historical fiction which tends to put me in a compliant mood, and then ... Read full review

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User Review  - Indu Sundaresan - Goodreads

Braddon was a prolific author of some eighty books, but the one she's best known for is Lady Audley's Secret . As novels go, this one has the usual cast of characters. A rich, older nobleman, Sir ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, the daughter of a solicitor, was educated privately. As a young woman, she acted under an assumed name for three years in order to support herself and her mother. In 1860 she met John Maxwell, a publisher of periodicals, whose wife was in an asylum for the insane. Braddon acted as stepmother to Maxwell's five children and bore him five illegitimate children before the couple married, in 1874, when Maxwell's wife died. Braddon's most famous novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), was first published serially in Robin Goodfellow and The Sixpenny Magazine. One of the earliest sensationalist novels, it sold nearly one million copies during Braddon's lifetime. Its plot involves bigamy, the protagonist's desertion of her child, her murder of her first husband, and her thoughts of poisoning her second husband. The novel shocked and outraged her contemporary, Margaret Oliphant, who said Braddon had invented "the fair-haired demon of modern fiction." Throughout her long literary career, during which she wrote more than 80 novels and edited several magazines, Braddon was often excoriated for her penchant for sensationalizing violence, crime, and sexual indiscretion. Nevertheless, Braddon had many well-known devotees, among them William Makepeace Thackeray, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Braddon died in 1915.

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