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Asphodel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon is a thrilling and captivating novel that combines elements of romance, mystery, and drama. The story follows the life of a young woman named Asphodel who is swept into a whirlwind of events after her uncle's sudden death. Asphodel's journey is filled with twists and turns as she navigates through the complexities of family secrets, betrayal, and forbidden love.

Braddon's writing is both eloquent and engaging, drawing the reader in with vivid descriptions and well-developed characters. Asphodel is a complex and likable protagonist, whose resilience and strength make her a compelling heroine. The supporting cast of characters adds depth to the storyline, each with their own motivations and secrets.

The novel's setting in Victorian England adds an extra layer of intrigue, as societal norms and expectations play a significant role in shaping the characters' choices and actions. Braddon expertly weaves together themes of love, loyalty, and redemption, creating a story that is both thought-provoking and emotionally satisfying.

Overall, Asphodel is a gripping and unforgettable read that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Fans of historical fiction and romantic drama will surely enjoy this novel, as Braddon delivers a masterful tale of love and betrayal in a time of societal upheaval.

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Like the Asphodel, a plant which grows far away from England, Daphne grows far away from home. In her first chance of freedom, at the age of almost 17, she finds an opportunity to forget for a while... Forget that her father, the renowned Sir Vernon Lawford, does not love her. To forget that, for some reason, nobody talks about her mother who traveled to the South of France and never returned. She can be a butcher's daughter from Oxford Street, she can control her friend's actions, she can fancy that she is in love with a man who does not even reveal his name. She returns home and faces the challenge of earning her father's love and carve a respectable place beside her beloved older half-sister. But what would she do when her past folly catch up with her? Would she find love and acceptance at last? - Summary by Stav Nisser.

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