A mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son and servant. She lives there in strict seclusion under the assumed name Helen Graham and very soon finds herself the victim of local slander. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, discovers her dark secrets. In her diary, Helen writes about her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol, and the world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. This novel of marital betrayal is set within a moral framework tempered by Anne Bronte's optimistic belief in universal salvation.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is mainly considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels.

I believe this book is often overlooked, perhaps because it's perceived to be less romantic than some other Bronte novels; it is a moral tale about the folly of headstrong youth, a caution against thinking you can mend what is rotten in others, and the toll a single bad decision can take on your life-- but most of all, it is the story of a strong woman who takes action to protect herself and her young child, who learns from her mistakes, and in the end attains the happiness she deserves. It's a beautiful story, very modern for it's day, and in my opinion, a true classic.

@missm26 I really enjoyed this challenge, but I'm afraid I couldn't participate in another Book Challenge for scheduling reasons. Thanks for a lovely contest :)
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