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One Thing Needful

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One Thing Needful is a gripping and suspenseful novel written by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. The story follows the life of the main character, Malcolm Ford, a successful lawyer who seems to have it all - wealth, power, and a beautiful wife. However, Ford's life takes a dark turn when he becomes entangled in a web of deceit and blackmail.

Braddon's writing is masterful, drawing the reader in with its vivid descriptions and intricate plot twists. The characters are well-developed and complex, making the reader question their motives and alliances. The story's pacing is steady, keeping the reader on edge as they uncover the secrets and lies that threaten to destroy Ford's life.

Overall, One Thing Needful is a captivating read that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Braddon's skillful storytelling and sharp wit make this novel a must-read for fans of mystery and suspense.

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Can starving children be grateful for the education they receive if, when they ask for food, rich people give them a stone? This is the question in the heart of this rich psychological novel. Lady Lashmore is a typical lady of her time, ruling every aspect of her household and constantly complaining that the poor people in the factory ten miles away bother her. Things change when her son, Lord Lashmore, falls in love with a poor woman. Only then does he understand what is the one thing they need most. Only then does he mature, develop empathy, and see what are the real important things in life. This is a coming of age story, a love story, but, most of all, a story about prejudice and small revolutions. For the world would never be the same and the young generation sees social classes differently. This novel is perfect for fans of Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell. Readers who love Mary Elizabeth Braddon's other novels will not be disappointed. - Summary by Stav Nisser.

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