A Question of Marriage

Cover image for

Download


Author: Mrs George de Horne Vaizey (Jessie Mansergh)
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 77,733 / 228 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,776
Added to site: 2010.06.21
mnybks.net#: 28259
Origin: gutenberg.org
Excerpt

thoughts--the blackest thoughts. I had visions of him as a forger, shut up in a cell. When the bell rang late at night I used to tremble, wondering if it were he escaped from prison, coming to us for shelter... Then at the end, as so often happens, it came out just by chance. Some people were sitting behind a screen at a reception, and they spoke of me--just a few words, and before I could move I had heard the great secret. `Interesting-looking girl! It is to be hoped she won't go mad, too. So many of that family--' It was like a flashlight over the past. I looked back, and understood. All the bits fitted, and the mystery was solved. I was not the daughter of a criminal--only of a maniac, who had been shut up for five years before his death. That was my grandmother's mysterious illness, and Aunt Bertha's too--pretty Aunt Bertha, who disappeared for a year at a time, for a `cure,' and came back looking so worn and sad. That was the explanation of my boy cousin's violent temper, and of the misery of his father

Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
2010.08.16
Leah A. Zeldes
**...

This starts off on the wrong foot, with a young woman whose family has a strong history of inherited mental illness, a girl named, for pete's sake, Vanna Strangeways.

Vanna first hears about her relations' troubles on adulthood. Consulting a specialist, she's told she may escape the family curse ... but only if she never marries. Marriage would be too much of a strain, and anyway she owes it to society to stamp out her dire heritage.

Then her dear friend has a whirlwind romance based on a prophecy and things get even stranger briefly, but the supernatural thread quickly peters out. Vanna spends a lot of time comparing her friend's charmed life to her own. Inevitably, the friend suffers setbacks, but Vanna still envies her loving husband and children.

Meanwhile, she has the predictable ill-fated, doomed romance, and her life and the novel drag on and on. And the reader is left to wonder why Vanna never even tries to get a second opinion.


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for A Question of Marriage by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for A Question of Marriage by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey - Free eBook

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for A Question of Marriage by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey - Free eBook

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for A Question of Marriage by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for A Question of Marriage by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for A Question of Marriage by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey - Free eBook

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Clarimonde
by Théophile Gautier
Emma
by Jane Austen
The ''Genius''
by Theodore Dreiser
Dracula
by Bram Stoker
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
The Count's Chauffeur
by William le Queux
At the Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

See more popular titles from this genre.