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July 28, 2011

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë

I’m starting my blog with the Brontë sisters, as I’m a romantic first and foremost when I browse through books.

But which sister?  I decided on Anne Brontë (aka Acton Bell) as she is the least well-known of her sisters and her books aren’t mentioned a lot in mainstream. I searched for Agnes Grey (as it was Anne’s first book) through my public library database and got zilch, but I did find The Tenant of Wildfell Hall which is more well-known than the former.

 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall synopsis: Mr. Gilbert Markham and his neighbours welcome a mysterious new tenant as she settles into the desolate mansion, Wildfell Hall. Mrs. Helen Graham guards herself closely and yet, has become the object of gossip among the society. Gilbert discovers her past as he gets to know Helen and falls in love.

Chapters one to sixteen comprise of “part one” and are letters from Mr. Markham to Mr. Halford, a brother-in-law. Chapters seventeen to forty-four are Helen’s private diary entries, which are “part two.” Chapters forty-five to fifty-three go back to Mr. Markham and are “part three.”

Not bothering to read the summary and the title the only clue, I came to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall with no expectations of the plot. I will admit, I felt a little dread because I thought it was going to be dull and dark but by chapter two, it became apparent I was going to love this book.

And I do LOVE this book!

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