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Vera (original 1921; edition 2009)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671883917, Paperback)The gorgeous motion picture Enchanted April, based on Elizabeth von Arnim's witty and endearing novel, captivated audiences nationwide. "If you liked A Room with a View and Howards End, you'll fall in love with Enchanted April!" raved Jeff Craig of Sixty Second Preview, and literate moviegoers flocked to theaters. Now fans of Elizabeth von Arnim's keen insights and extraordinary storytelling powers can discover VERA, her darkly comic, haunting portrait of love, domination, and evil....The sunwashed Cornwall cottage where Lucy and her darling father had made their plans stands forlornly behind her. That morning, without warning, he passed away. Lucy has wandered alone to the garden gate, staring blankly ahead when a handsome stranger walks by, stops, and enters her life....
Unbearably alone since his wife Vera's recent and mysterious death, Everard Wemyss is irresistibly drawn to this vulnerable young woman. Taking charge of the funeral for Lucy and her spinster Aunt Dot, he begins to commandeer Lucy herself -- body and soul. Soon Lucy believes herself in love, and Wemyss is obsessed with the idea of making her his wife. Virile, well-to-do, sensual, Wemyss should be a "catch," but Aunt Dot senses disturbing qualities in him. Lucy, however infatuated, also begins to feel a twinge of suspicion. Perhaps she should wonder about her own fate when her beloved Wemyss takes her to The Willows, the isolated country home where Vera died....
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"Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Entwhistle is quite alone in the world following the death of her beloved father. Dazed and unhappy, she leans against the garden gate, where she is disturbed by the perspiring Mr Wemyss. This middle-aged man is also in mourning - for his wife, Vera, who has died in mysterious circumstances. Before Lucy can collect herself, Mr Wemyss has taken charge - of the funeral arrangements, of her kind Aunt Dot - but most of all, of Lucy herself, body and soul."--BOOK JACKET.
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