Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Under False Pretences A Novel   By: (1851-1904)

Book cover

Under False Pretences by Adeline Sergeant is an enthralling novel that effortlessly weaves together elements of mystery, romance, and social commentary. From the very first page, readers are transported into a world filled with intriguing characters and a gripping storyline.

Set in Victorian England, the novel follows the story of Ethel Gordon, a young and innocent woman who finds herself entangled in a web of deceit and treachery. Ethel's life takes an unexpected turn when she meets the enigmatic Felix Stowe, a charming but elusive figure hiding a dark secret. As the plot unfolds, Ethel becomes embroiled in a mystery that challenges her beliefs, tests her resilience, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

Adeline Sergeant masterfully creates well-developed characters who feel incredibly lifelike and relatable. Ethel Gordon, in particular, undergoes significant growth throughout the narrative. As readers witness her journey, we are compelled to empathize with her as she grapples with the consequences of her choices and finds the strength to confront her deepest fears.

The author's meticulous attention to detail breathes life into the Victorian era, vividly depicting the social norms, class hierarchies, and gender expectations of the time. Through her prose, Sergeant skillfully explores themes of societal constraints, personal identity, and the importance of honesty. The narrative serves as a reminder that appearances can often be deceiving, and true character can only be revealed when faced with adversity.

One aspect that particularly stands out in Under False Pretences is the seamless blend of mystery and romance. The mystery element keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eager to uncover the truth behind the web of deception. Meanwhile, the gentle romance that blossoms between Ethel and Felix adds depth and emotional resonance to the story, providing moments of tenderness amidst the turmoil.

Sergeant's writing style is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into a world of intrigue and suspense. The pacing is well-balanced, ensuring that the story unravels at a steady pace, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, making it nearly impossible to put the book down.

Under False Pretences is a captivating novel that seamlessly blends mystery, romance, and social commentary. Adeline Sergeant's talent for storytelling is undeniable, and the well-drawn characters and intricate plot make for a compelling read. Fans of historical fiction, mystery, and romance will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this mesmerizing tale.

First Page:

Note: Images of the original pages are available through Early Canadiana Online. See http://www.canadiana.org/ECO/ItemRecord/33035

UNDER FALSE PRETENCES

A Novel.

by

ADELINE SERGEANT

Author of Jacobi's Wife, Beyond Recall, An Open Foe, etc.

Entered according to the Act of the Parliament of Canada in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine by William Bryce, in the office of the Minister of Agriculture.

Toronto; William Bryce, Publisher.

UNDER FALSE PRETENCES.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. Prologue to the Story CHAPTER II. BY THE LOCH. CHAPTER III. HUGO LUTTRELL. CHAPTER IV. IN THE TWILIGHT. CHAPTER V. THE DEAD MAN'S TESTIMONY. CHAPTER VI. MOTHER AND SON. CHAPTER VII. A FAREWELL. CHAPTER VIII. IN GOWER STREET. CHAPTER IX. ELIZABETH'S WOOING. CHAPTER X. BROTHER DINO. CHAPTER XI. ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE. CHAPTER XII. THE HEIRESS OF STRATHLECKIE. CHAPTER XIII. SAN STEFANO. CHAPTER XIV. THE PRIOR'S OPINION. CHAPTER XV. THE VILLA VENTURI. CHAPTER XVI. "WITHOUT A REFERENCE." CHAPTER XVII. PERCIVAL'S HOLIDAY. CHAPTER XVIII. THE MISTRESS OF NETHERGLEN. CHAPTER XIX. A LOST LETTER. CHAPTER XX. "MISCHIEF, THOU ART AFOOT... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books