As week 3 of the fortnightly reading challenge 2017. My aim is to feature a book which is over 100 years old. Written in 1848 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte is one of those books which has been overlooked as it hovers in the shadows of Anne’s sister’s better known novels Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is written in the form of letters from Gilbert Markham to a friend. Gilbert has become deeply intrigued by Helen Graham who has recently moved into the neighbouring Wildfell Hall. A young and beautiful widow she strikes up a friendship with Gilbert but despite their obvious attraction to one another she refuses to reciprocate when he opens up about his feelings to her. Gilbert is mystified, what is the young widow hiding? What is the secret in her past?
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is beautifully written and mysterious. A seemingly idealist view of a young couple’s potential relationship, the possibility of happiness to come to them both. But interwoven are secrets and lies and ramifications.