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A Double Knot   By: (1831-1909)

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George Manville Fenn’s novel A Double Knot is an enthralling and suspenseful tale that captivates readers from the very beginning. Set in the late 19th century, the story takes place primarily in London and centers around the life of Lionel Wilton, a young man grappling with his father's death. As Lionel tries to come to terms with his loss, he stumbles upon a mysterious knot that sparks a series of unexpected events.

Fenn’s writing style effortlessly transports readers to Victorian London, immersing them in its bustling streets and dimly lit alleyways. Through vivid descriptions and attention to detail, the author paints a vivid picture of the era, making the setting almost tangible. This atmospheric portrayal not only enriches the story but also adds a layer of authenticity to the narrative.

The characters in A Double Knot are vividly developed, each with their own unique quirks and motivations. Lionel, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the novel. Initially grieving and withdrawn, he gradually becomes more assertive and brave as he unravels the secrets behind the enigmatic knot. It is through this character development that Fenn deftly explores themes of self-discovery and personal growth.

One of the novel's strengths lies in its fast-paced plot. Fenn manages to create an intricate web of intrigue and suspense, constantly keeping readers on their toes. The ever-developing mystery surrounding the knot and its connection to Lionel's father's death adds layers of tension that make it nearly impossible to put the book down. The author skillfully balances action and suspense, gradually revealing clues and untangling the threads of the plot, leading to a satisfying and unpredictable climax.

While the novel primarily focuses on Lionel's journey, there are also several secondary characters that play significant roles in the story. These characters, such as the enigmatic Mr. Phipps and the charming Miss Hardwick, bring a depth and complexity that enhances the narrative. Fenn expertly intertwines their stories, adding intrigue and depth to the overall arc of the novel.

A Double Knot is a masterfully crafted novel that will undoubtedly appeal to fans of historical fiction, mystery, and adventure. Fenn's ability to transport readers to the heart of Victorian London, coupled with an engaging plot and well-developed characters, creates an immersive reading experience. This enthralling tale of secrets, discovery, and personal growth is sure to leave readers eagerly anticipating Fenn's next work.

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Prologue The Germ.



There was no reply, and once again rose from the bed in the prettily furnished room the same word "Mother!" The wild, appealing, anguished cry of offspring to parent, seeming to ask for help protection forgiveness the tenderness of the mother heart to its young, and still there was no answer.

The speaker struggled up so that she rested on her elbow, the heavy dark nut brown hair fell in long clusters on her soft white neck and bosom; her large hazel eyes looked wild and dilated; and her fair young face deathly pale, as, with quivering white lips, she cried once more:

"Mother! Speak to me or I shall die."

"It would be better so," was the cold hard reply, and a lady who had been gazing from the window turned slowly round to gaze full at the first speaker, her handsome Spanish type of countenance looking malignant as her dark eyes flashed, where she stood biting her full sensuous nether lip, and glaring at the occupant of the bed.

"Mother!" was the anguished cry once more, as the girl sank back upon her pillow.

"Yes," was the bitter reply. "You are a mother. God be thanked that your father, who idolised his child, was not spared to see this day."

"Oh, mother, mother, have some pity have some mercy upon me. Where am I to seek it, if not from you?"

"From Heaven: for the world will show you none... Continue reading book >>

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