Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
“She tried to imagine what John’s life would be without her. She tried to think of him in some future time, when he should have worn out his grief, and reconciled himself to her loss. But she could not, she could not!... stop and think of this wretched girl, who in this hour of desolation recalled a thousand little wrongs she had done to her husband, and would have laid herself under his feet to be walked over by him could she have atoned for her petty tyrannies, her petty caprices.”
Another win from Braddon, this selection was another sensational and dramatic story that drew us all in from the first chapter. We watched Aurora grow from a spoiled socialite into a young woman running from a naive mistake. She thought she had atoned and escaped its dark claws only to find it shadowing her happiness again. Thanks to some very true friends and a very true love, it all comes right in the end. Every time I read one of these Victorian sensation novels, I think this is my favorite yet, and this was no exception- five stars all the way.