Sealed Letter

by Emma Donoghue | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781554680368 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 8/15/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 15, 2008
From the Publisher
Based on the details of a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a provocative historical dramathat is strangely relevant to modern issues surrounding women, marriage, rights and roles.Miss Emily “Fido” Faithfull is a “woman of business” and a spinster pioneer of the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her beloved cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details ofHelen’s failing marriage to the stodgy Admiral Harry Codrington. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroomdrama more sensational than any Hollywood tabloid could invent—with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.

HarperCollins is proud to deliver EmmaDonoghue’s internationally celebrated work into the hands of discerning fiction readers in this, her first Canadian publication. The Sealed Letter is the perfect book to mark this milestone event—a masterpiece that brings theforce of a life that changed our world into captivating view

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 17, 2008
Emily Faithful(Fido) is an independent British woman in 1864 who owns a printing press. She is one of the main founders of the British Woman's movement. She may be a force to reckon with in business but when it comes to personal relationships she is just too trusting. When a chance encounter brings her back into contact with her old friend Helen Codrington, she believes all she is told. In order for Helen to explain to her male escort how she can no longer continue to see him, she requires to meet him at Fido's place. Fido wishes to do all she can do to help her friend in an unhappy marriage. What follows is a tryst by the two lovers. Fido seems to fall into this trap more than once.

Emily is pulled into the middle of the divorce of the Codringtons. A sensational trial ensues. There are accusations of adultery, Emily's compliance and help in the affair and stained clothing. Even though Emily can not remember the night in question did Admiral Codrington rape her?. A sudden appearance of a sealed letter in the trial insinuates even further debauchery. Emily does not want to testify. Is her friendship with Helen worth the potential loss of her reputation?

This story is based on the true story of the Codrington divorce. Donoghue has a great talent for taking an event in history and making it a fantastic story. Donoguhe loves the "naughtiness" amid Victorian England. She has written another riveting book.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 16, 2008
mailed today to Zosime who took this out of the HF VBB

Journal Entry 4 by zosime from Marshfield, Wisconsin USA on Friday, December 26, 2008
This arrived safe and sound hidden in my Boxing Day package. Thank you! =)

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