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The Black Robe

The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
By: (1824-1889)

The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins is a captivating tale that takes readers on a journey through 19th century England. The story follows the life of the enigmatic and morally ambiguous protagonist, Father Benwell, as he navigates the intricacies of religious duty and personal desire.

The novel is rich in descriptive language and vivid imagery, painting a detailed picture of the characters and settings. Collins masterfully weaves a complex web of relationships and secrets, keeping readers engaged and intrigued until the very end.

One of the highlights of the book is the exploration of themes such as faith, loyalty, and the nature of good and evil. The characters are nuanced and multi-dimensional, making their motivations and actions all the more compelling.

Overall, The Black Robe is a thought-provoking and atmospheric novel that will appeal to fans of Victorian literature and mystery. Collins' skillful storytelling and suspenseful plot twists make this a must-read for anyone looking for a gripping historical novel.

Book Description:
The church has lost out on a valuable piece of land through wars and transfers. Father Benwell is determined to reclaim that property by the conversion of the owner, Lewis Romayne. Enter beautiful Stella, who captures the heart of Romayne. Should Stella capture the love and devotion of Romayne, Father Benwell's scheme would fail, and that is something that he can not allow. Complicating things is the fact that both Romayne and Stella are hiding their own terrible secrets.

The Black Robe is an 1881 epistolary novel by famed English writer, Wilkie Collins. The book centers around the misadventures of Lewis Romayne, and is also noted for a perceived anti-Catholic bias

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 26, 2017
I believe I need to read another author--the characters have begun to blur together. This novel is shorter than some of Mr. Collin's and a little more frustrating in the plot. Still, an interesting listen.

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