Fans of Jane Austen and George Eliot will fall in love with Charlotte Mary Yonge's The Clever Woman of the Family, the tale of a headstrong young woman whose strong opinions and heartfelt desires clash with the social strictures of her era. Will Rachel Curtis rise above the stifling conventions of the age and find true and lasting happiness on her own terms?
Written when the author was in her early twenties, and now regarded as Yonge's first serious work of fiction, Abbeychurch grapples with both serious theological issues pertaining to the schism between Broad, High and Low factions in the Church of England, as well as with the struggles of ego and impulse that are common in adolescence and early adulthood. A gripping and sophisticated example of women's nineteenth-century fiction.
According to some accounts, Mary Queen of Scots bore a child to her last husband, the earl of Bothwell, while imprisoned at Loch Leven. In Unknown to History, C.M. Yonge weaves the story of this child, linking it with that of her mother. The Author tells us that In Miss Strickland’s Life of Mary Queen of Scots (and in Burton’s History of Scotland) a report may be found on which this tale is based. This is a fascinating and enthralling story of royalty, plot and intrigue, and was originally published in 1882.
Charlotte Mary Yonge (11 August 1823 – 24 May 1901) was an English novelist known for her huge output, now mostly out of print.This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Throughout history, various groups of people have considered themselves to be chosen people by a deity for a purpose, such as to act as the deity's agent on earth. In monotheistic faiths, like Abrahamic religions, references to God are used in constructs such as "God's Chosen People".
Charlotte Mary Yonge was one of the most prolific writers of the nineteenth century. Though perhaps best known for her popular children's books, she also wrote adult novels. Swiftly-plotted and cleanly-wrought, Yonge's work has again gained critical attention, in part because she writes about the predicament of nineteenth-century women. The Clever Woman of the Family is a new woman novel that focuses on a group of women in a small seaside community. It is the early 1860s and British women outnumber men to such an extent that not all women can expect to marry. Rachel Curtis, the clever woman of the title, is an opinionated young woman whose yearning for a “mission” in life leads to tragicomic results. The Broadview edition contextualizes the novel's ambivalent feminism and pro-empire sentiments with materials on some of the most pertinent debates of the time.