06 April 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I've been needing to read more classics for years now, so I'm excited to this next book on my reading list a try today. Enjoy!

First Line: You must go back with me to the autumn of 1827.

From 56%: There followed a disgraceful contest: Lord Lowborough, in desperate earnest, and pale with anger, silently struggling to release himself from the powerful madman that was striving to drag him from the room.

A powerful depiction of a woman's fight for domestic independence and creative freedom, from the youngest of the Brontë sisters.

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young woman who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behavior becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of the disastrous marriage she has left behind emerge. Told with great immediacy, combined with wit and irony, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful depiction of a woman's fight for domestic independence and creative freedom.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
And be sure to stop by Hoarding Books* and Freda's Voice for a peek into other books.

*This week, Hoarding Books is hosting a floral-themed FLF in honor of the April.


  1. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Rachael Anderson's newest Regency novel, My Sister's Intended. It's an excellent book I highly recommend. Here I will share the first three lines from the novel I'm currently reading, Not Abandoned by MacKenzie Morganthal.

    "It was a prison like none other. With boarded windows and a tall fence, I'd almost forgotten what it looked like outside. The bars that caged me in were strong, but not as strong as the bars I'd put up around my heart."

  2. I am intrigued by women seeking independence and creative freedom. And I haven't yet read Anne Bronte! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS”

  3. Sounds wonderful! Happy weekend!

  4. Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book im starting soon, Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter......

    Playing house was just a little too easy for Hope Daniels. Her special chicken casserole waited in the oven, covered with foil; butter beans were simmering on the stovetop; and the yeasty smell of baked rolls hung in the air.

    Have a great weekend!😀

  5. Happy Friday!
    The book I'm sharing on my blog is A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron but I'm sharing the book I'm currently (re)reading to get ready for the new Hallmark movie this weekend Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck: "What did he say? The storm gusts moving over the Atlantic must have garbled his words." Hope you have a blessed weekend!

  6. I've not read any of Anne Bronte's books but want to. Is this her most famous? My Friday Quotes

  7. Happy Friday! My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s book The Kremlin Conspiracy, which my husband grabbed from me and read first:

    “Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.”

  8. I've been longing to read this book for the longest time. I own a physical copy of it but it's in Hungarian and I'd like to read it in English. I'll purchase the edition you have the picture of here pretty soon I think. Enjoy!

    My Friday post

  9. I love this cover of this book and the author! Classic literature is the best. :) Happy Friday!

  10. I keep meaning to try one of her books. Going to add her to my list so I won't forget.

    My Friday 56 from The Battle For Darracia