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Fern-hunting parties became popular, allowing young women to get outside in a seemingly innocuous pursuit with less rigid oversight and chaperoning than they saw in parlors and drawing rooms. They may have even had the occasional romantic meetup with a similarly fern-impassioned beau. — Bree

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"The Prodigal Sister" for Ophelia Devine. Faked deaths, scandal, and schemes!
Now that he had walked up to them, he couldn't exactly whirl around and get going. That would be rude. And was not, presumably, how straight men seduced their future wives.

Cassius Lestrange in Eyes on the Screen

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Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Lady Audley's Secret

A Victorian 'sensation' novel written in 1862 by Mary Elizabeth Braddon who was prolific in the genre. This is her most well known novel and was adapted into a silent film in 1912, which Braddon actually lived to see. Sadly, Braddon has faded into obscurity and of her 90+ novels, only a few remain in publication. Her life was fascinating and I could go on for days about her because she was amazing. There's a nice podcast I listened to back in November about forgotten Victorian era writers (I'll try and link it later) and they cover her in 3 episodes, I totally recommend giving it a listen! They also cover Wilkie Collins but I didn't want to spoil The Woman in White so I haven't listened to those yet. Anyway, on Lady Audley's Secret — from goodreads:

"This Victorian bestseller, along with Braddon's other famous novel, Aurora Floyd, established her as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, Lady Audley was described by one critic of the time as "high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement." Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England."

This one has oft been tossed around as a potential CBC title, and I'm super stoked to have an excuse to read it at last!

This is a discussion thread for people who have read or are reading the book in question. With that in mind, there are likely to be spoilers throughout. However, in the event of major twists or “how it ends”, please wrap content in spoiler tags.

[spoiler]Surprise!content here[/spoiler]

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