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A Question of Marriage   By: (1857-1917)

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A Question of Marriage by George de Horne Vaizey is a delightful and charming romantic novel that explores the complexities and challenges of love, marriage, and societal expectations in Edwardian England.

Set in the early 1900s, the story revolves around Martha, a kind-hearted and intelligent young woman who finds herself caught in a dilemma. As a middle-class orphan, she is faced with the pressures of society, which dictate that women of her stature should prioritize marriage and domesticity. However, Martha is fiercely independent and desires a life of her own, filled with purpose and intellectual pursuits.

When she meets the dashing and enigmatic Roger, a successful lawyer, she is torn between fulfilling societal expectations by marrying him or pursuing her own dreams. As her heart starts to sway toward Roger, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, questioning her own desires and the role society has carved out for her.

The author brilliantly captures the nuances of the time period, painting a vivid picture of Edwardian England, its customs, and the rigid gender roles that confined women. Vaizey's attention to detail adds depth to the narrative, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the era and empathize with the characters' struggles.

Martha is a captivating protagonist, whose strength and determination resonate with readers. Her internal battle between societal expectations and her personal aspirations is depicted with nuance and sensitivity. Readers will find themselves rooting for her as she navigates the complexities of love and marriage, balancing her own desires with the pressures of a conservative society.

Vaizey's writing style is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to the charming English countryside and the bustling streets of Edwardian London. The dialogue is natural and engaging, adding authenticity to the characters and their interactions. The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, keeping readers engrossed without rushing the story's development.

While the romantic aspect of the novel takes center stage, A Question of Marriage also delves into broader themes such as identity, women's rights, and the struggle for independence. Through Martha's journey, Vaizey raises thought-provoking questions about societal expectations and the cost of conforming to them.

Overall, A Question of Marriage is a compelling and illuminating novel that offers readers a glimpse into the world of Edwardian England, where love and societal pressures collide. With well-drawn characters, a captivating plot, and a rich historical backdrop, George de Horne Vaizey crafts a story that will captivate fans of both historical fiction and romance.

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A Question of Marriage, by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey.




The grey London sunlight shone on the face of the patient as she sat facing the long window of the consulting room, on the finely cut features, sensitive lips, and clear, dilated eyes. The doctor sat in the shadow, leaning back in his chair, tapping softly with his fingers upon the desk.

"And you must not be afraid," he said, following a vigorous cross questioning with his skilled advice. "That is the most important lesson which you have to learn. Banish fear. Live it down; if necessary, crowd it out. Don't allow yourself time to think and grow morbid. I tell you frankly that the chances are quite good that you may entirely escape this curse of your family, but you must understand that the power is in your own hands to increase or diminish those chances. Anxiety, depression, loneliness these will be your worst enemies. You say that you have sufficient means; that makes things easier all round. Cultivate interests; cultivate friends. Search for congenial occupation, and when you have found it work! Work hard; hard enough to make rest grateful when the day is over, and sleep sound not hard enough to feel worn out... Continue reading book >>

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