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Seven for a Secret

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Mary Webb (1881-1927) was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose novels were set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew and loved well. Although she was acclaimed by John Buchan and by Rebecca West, who hailed her as a genius, and won the Prix Femina of La Vie Heureuse for Precious Bane (1924),
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Paperback, Virago Modern Classics, 286 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Dial Press (first published October 1922)
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Melissa
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gillian is the only child of a very wealthy farmer, so whomever she marries will not only be lucky to have a pretty bride, but will also have the added benefit of inheriting a large fortune. Gillian is nineteen when the novel opens and she is a starry-eyed romantic who wants to flirt with men so that they will fall in love with her. Gillian, in many ways, still acts like a child and she is is selfish, narcissistic and silly towards others in her life. The kind and simple shepherd named Robert wh ...more
Merry
I'm reading through Mary Webb's novels and knew from the Coles biography that this was her weakest in terms of storytelling. I agree, the last third seems very rushed, sub plots are forgotten and characters discarded. I particularly cared about Johnson coming looking for his long lost daughter - that was an important storyline I felt - it was dismissed in a sentence! Also, I felt that the three key characters: Gillian, Robert and Rwth were very similar to Jancis, Gideon and Prue in 'Precious Ban ...more
Consuela
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
I got this book from a used book site because the author, Mary Webb, also wrote one of my absolute favorite books, Precious Bane. Alas, this book is not in even remotely in the category of Precious Bane. I thought it was quite silly.
Anastasia Danali
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολυ καλο μυθιστορημα. Προκειται για ενα υπεροχο ταξιδι στην Ουαλια του 19ου αιωνα. Η θεση της γυναικας και οι ταξικες διαφορες στο επικεντρο και στο φοντο η ομορφια του τοπιου. Ειναι ενα δυνατο βιβλιο γεματο φως και ελπιδα που αξιζει να διαβαστει.
Nic
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
"But things did happen almost as they should in a well-regulated novel."

Thus writes Mary Webb, a few pages from the end of Seven for a Secret (1922), proving that while her rural melodrama owed a debt to Hardy (acknowledged by the fact that this novel was dedicated to him), she had a lighter touch than he did.

It isn't as good as Webb's later novel Precious Bane, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Eva
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ali
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Webb is known as the writer Stella Gibbons parodied in her novel Cold Comfort Farm. A Shropshire novelist and poet. Mary Webb’s work is very much rooted in the Shropshire landscape she grew up in. Somewhere along the line I got the idea that I mightn’t get on so well with Mary Webb now Her obvious romanticism might have suited my teenage years but would probably irritate me now. Mary Webb is very descriptive, – her storytelling comes from the same tradition as writers like Sheila Kaye-Smith ...more
Margot Ayer
In the 1970s, Virago books reissued many books by women authors that had been out of print. I loved the books by Mary Webb and own several of them.

They offer a vivid picture of rural life not unlike Thomas Hardy, but far more lushly described.

Seven for a Secret is the story of a young girl maturing into herself as a compassionate, passionate, loving woman as seen through the eyes of the shepherd-poet who loves her. As I was re-reading this time, I kept thinking about how this would make the pe
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Wendy
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Precious Bane
I couldn't give this 5 stars as it wasn't as good as Precious Bane and the heroine, Gillian, wasn't nearly as interesting or wonderful as Prue. It was romantic and had beautiful prose and was quite suspenseful at the end. ...more
Jenny Marchant
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a romantic tale with a twist this is for you .The dialect again is a work of art which few can do .The tale has you wanting to never put the book down .It has powerful imaginary that needs no sordid description .This is yet again shows what a good writer she was,bar one.☺
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Mary Webb (1881-1927) was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose novels were set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew and loved well. Although she was acclaimed by John Buchan and by Rebecca West, who hailed her as a genius, and won the Prix Femina of La Vie Heureuse for Precious Bane (1924), she won little respect f
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