The Secret, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A rollicking adventure from the Brontes' imagined kingdom of Verdopolis, "The Secret" is a novel of intrigue, duplicity, and all-conquering love.

Arthur, the Marquis of Douro, his beautiful wife, Marion, and their infant son lead a happy and carefree existence in the city of Verdopolis--until a chance encounter brings the youthful Marchioness' childhood governess back into their lives.

The meeting proves to be the catalyst for an increasingly tortuous series of events involving blackmail, imposture, and shocking revelations regarding the birth of the young Marchioness.

Will the Marquis ever forgive his wife her secret? English novelist Charlotte Bronte is best remembered for her perennially popular novel, "Jane Eyre."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781843911258



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Liked it, in spite of everything; the melodramatic gothically-tinged efforts of a teenager who would become a brilliant writer...

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Of all Charlotte Brontë's childhood writing I think the title story and a couple of others presented in "The Secret" are amongst her best. Of the six featured tales, only the last two failed to impress me. But of course it's important to remember that these stories were never intended for publication, thus it would be unfair to criticise Charlotte.I read early works such as this volume because I really like the three Brontë sisters' famous novels and am fascinated by their own history. Therefore, if you're a Brontë fan this is worth checking out, but if you're only half interested in one or two of their famous books and are not too bothered about the authors' lives then this most likely won't be appealing.

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