|Title:||Seven for a Secret|
Gillian is the only child of a very wealthy farmer, so whomever she marries will not only be lucky to have a pretty bride, but will also have the added benefit of inheriting a large fortune. Gillian is nineteen when the novel opens and she is a starry-eyed romantic who wants to flirt with men so that they will fall in love with her. Gillian, in many ways, still acts like a child and she is is selfish, narcissistic and silly towards others in her life. The kind and simple shepherd named Robert who is employed by her father is oftentimes the target of her coquetry. But Gillian keeps telling herself that she can never fall in love with Robert because she doesn’t want a simple farm hand for a husband; she wants excitement, passion and a man who can ride a horse bareback. Webb beautifully foreshadows the suffering that Gillian will have to endure before she can have her happily ever after....--Goodreads. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Webb, Mary
Mary Webb (1881-1927) was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose novels were set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew and loved well. Although she was acclaimed by John Buchan and by Rebecca West, who hailed her as a genius, and won the Prix Femina of La Vie Heureuse for Precious Bane (1924), she won little respect from the general public. It was only after her death that the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, earned her posthumous success through his approbation, referring to her as a neglected genius at a Literary Fund dinner in 1928.
Her writing is notable for its descriptions of nature, and of the human heart. She had a deep sympathy for all her characters and was able to see good and truth in all of them. Among her most famous works are: The Golden Arrow (1916), Gone to Earth (1917), and Seven for a Secret (1922).
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