Just finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (who I didn’t even know existed til recently). I enjoyed it, and it went much faster once I was reading on a real Kindle, rather than the Kindle app on my phone.
Goodreads summary: “Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behavior becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of the disastrous marriage she has left behind emerge…Told with great immediacy, combined with wit and irony, “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” is a powerfully involving read.”
Anne Bronte takes a look at the way marriage can disintegrate into a painful emotionally abusive morass if one’s mate is not chosen wisely. She also explores the role of gossip and innuendo in making the world very difficult for good people. At first I found it slow going, but once I was hooked, it went quickly.
Now I’m saying good-bye to Pitcairn and heading to Tahiti for some more relaxing beach time with Breadfruit.