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A 160-year-old letter by a friend of Charles Dickens’ ex-wife shows how the author attempted to commit her to an asylum–for another woman

Revealed: Charles Dickens’ devious bid to send his wife to a mental asylum after he fell for young actress is exposed in 160-year-old letter from his ex-spouse’s friend. Emer Scully For Mailonline explores what this letter could mean.

During the break down of a marriage most couples simply agree to go their separate ways.

But Charles Dickens was so desperate to avoid the disapproval of Victorian society if his ageing wife moved out he tried to commit her to a mental asylum, according to a 160-year-old letter.

The damning letter, written by a friend of the literary mastermind’s estranged wife, revealed he was so dissatisfied with his marriage to Catherine Dickens he asked a doctor to diagnose her as insane.

But Catherine was perfectly sound of mind and the medical professional refused to commit her.

Edward Dutton Cook, a novelist and drama critic, lived next door to Charles Dickens’s estranged wife.

And Catherine told Edward and his wife Lynda her husband had ‘tried to shut her up in an insane asylum.’

Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A life, believes it was actually Charles Dickens who was insane as his life was a mess at the time of the separation.

She told MailOnline: ‘I think during this period he was mad effectively and their lives were thrown into turmoil.

‘He was an exceptionally good man and relied on his reputation for goodness with the public.

‘But when this all came up he fell in love and his life was a mess. He wrote to his friend Ms Coutts suggesting Catherine had mental problems and he saw it as a way of getting rid of her without seeming to be to blame.

Read full post on DailyMail.com

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My Wolf’s Bane (Shapes of Autumn Book 1)

by Veronica Blade
4.4 stars – 86 reviews
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NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: As with any Veronica Blade book, this is a ROMANCE NOVEL, meaning it’s romance FIRST and everything else is secondary. Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and mild profanity.

Different species. Mortal enemies. It’ll never work, but they’ll die trying.

Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest, making her wonder if she’s even human.

When the new guy at school, Zack de Luca, witnesses a questionable scene, he unfairly pins her as stuck-up. He acts like he hates her, yet he keeps bailing her out of trouble. Not only is Zack both insufferable and irresistible, he seems to sniff her anytime he gets close.

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Professor K: The Final Quest: A medical mystery (Jack Rogan Mysteries Book 4)

by Gabriel Farago
4.8 stars – 49 reviews
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A desperate plea from the Vatican. A kidnapped chef. An ambitious mob boss. One perilous game.
When Professor Alexandra Delacroix is called in to find a cure for the dying pope, she follows clues left by her mentor and friend, the late Professor K, which lead her on a breathtaking search through historical secrets, some of them deadly.

Her old friend Jack Rogan must step in to assist while also searching for kidnapped Top Chef Europe winner Lorenza da Baggio.

He joins forces with his young friend and gifted psychic, Tristan, a dedicated mafia hunting prosecutor, a fearless young police officer, and an enigmatic Egyptian detective on a perilous hunt for a notorious IS terrorist.

Together, they stand off with the head of a powerful Mafia family in Florence and uncover a network of corruption and heinous crimes reaching to the very top.

Will Rogan and his friends succeed in finding Lorenza and curing the pope, or will the dark forces swirling around them prevail in their sinister plots?

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Sins of the Heart (The Sins Series Book 1)

by Eve Silver
4.3 stars – 147 reviews
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Library Journal raves the Sins Series is “…dark, seductive, and sexy as sin.” For readers who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Dagan Krayl, the Underworld’s most powerful soul reaper, is the demigod son of the evil god Sutekh. He’s on a mission to find his murdered brother’s remains and resurrect him, but resurrection means that the secrets carried into death would be released and, with them, a war that could end gods and mankind alike.

Roxy Tam is searching for the same thing, but for completely different reasons. She means to make certain that the remains don’t fall into Sutekh’s hands, and that the soul reapers do not reanimate their fallen comrade. As a Daughter of Aset, Roxy is tasked with the protection of the human race, and if that means thwarting an all powerful soul reaper and making certain his dead brother stays dead, so be it. But when Roxy sees Dagan face-to-face, she realizes that she has met him once before—a meeting that changed her life forever.

Neither Dagan nor Roxy expects to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or to have their loyalties tested as they struggle against treachery, betrayal and the potent desire that threatens to consume them both.

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Wild Boys After Dark: Logan (Wild Billionaires After Dark Book 1)

by Melissa Foster
4.4 stars – 399 reviews
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Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!
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Stella “Stormy” Knight is an expert at hiding–her feelings, her past, and her identity. Sometimes all that hiding takes its toll, and she needs to come out from under that heavy suit of armor and cut loose–but it never takes her long to put it right back on and disappear without a trace.

Passion ignites, secrets are shared, and their deep connection is impossible to ignore. But in order to have a future, Logan must uncover Stormy’s dark past–and when he does, he’ll hold her fate in his hands.

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Countdown: Ethan

by Allie Boniface
4.4 stars – 3 reviews
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Beale Street.
A crazed ex-boyfriend looking to get even.

Anything can happen in 24 hours…Welcome to Book Two in this new series by a USA Today best-selling author! COUNTDOWN: ETHAN is a full-length, stand-alone novel in a brand new contemporary romance series, where every chapter is an hour in the countdown to find answers before it’s too late…

Tired of waiting for her boyfriend to commit, Dakota James travels 1000 miles to visit her best friend in Memphis. The only problem? She’s taken a piece of electronic evidence that connects her ex to a felony — and he’s tailing her to get it back.

Sports reporter Ethan Meriweather avoids romantic connections at all costs. When his friends convince him to go partying on Beale Street, he has plans for an early night. But all that changes when he meets Dakota.

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Tenuous Box Set

by M. L. Ray
3.8 stars – 12 reviews
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A hot romance collection you will not forget.

Six smoking hot heroes. Six irresistible love stories. One incredible volume.

Do you love stories that are full of steamy romance, action, suspense, plot twists? Then you will love all 6 romance novels in this box set because they have the perfect mix of heat, suspense, and emotion. All novels are readers’ favorites with over 150 rave reviews.. This collection is put together for a short time only for your reading pleasure.

Almost quarter million words of touching and tender romance with multiple Happily-Ever-Afters.

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Love Comes Softly Box Set

by Paige Powers
4.2 stars – 9 reviews
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A love story collection you will not forget.

7 gripping novels full of romance, action, suspense, plot twists.

Do you love stories that touch your heart? Then you will love all 7 romance novels in this box set. All novels are readers’ favorites with over 200 rave reviews.. This collection is put together for a short time only for your reading pleasure.

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Driven: A Northern Waste Novel

by Eve Silver
4.3 stars – 160 reviews
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“Edgy, steamy, action packed, and plotted with nail-biting tension…”–Library Journal, Starred Review

In the harsh Northern Waste where human life is worth little, ice trucker Raina Bowen has learned to keep her eyes open and her knife close at hand. She’s spent her life on the run, one step ahead of the megalomaniac who hunts her. All she wants is to stay out of trouble and haul her load of grain to Gladow Station—but trouble finds her in the form of a sexy stranger called Wizard. He has the trucking pass she needs, and she has to drag him out of a brawl with the very people she’s trying to hide from in order to get it.

She may have rescued him, but Raina’s not foolish enough to see Wizard as anything close to helpless. He’s hard and honed and full of secrets—secrets that may destroy them both. As they race across the Waste, trying to outrun rival truckers, ice pirates, and the powerful man bent on their destruction, Raina’s forced to admit that trouble’s found her. And this time, there’s nowhere left to run.

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PANACEA: a dark psychological suspense thriller with a shocking twist

by Piotr Ryczko
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Wife, mother, or robot?

Ren feels alone. Uncomfortable in her own skin. The world is against her. Strangers treat her with contempt. Her family are exhausted with her mood swings and the weird stories she tells. Ren knows she is different, but why can’t she be accepted for who she is?

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But Ren v. 4.3 may not be quite the all-perfect model advertised. She begins to develop real feelings, and a powerful protectiveness over her step-child, Kamil. Indeed what happened to the boy’s mother, why won’t Jan talk about it?

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by H.M. Ward
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Volume 1 in the New York Times Bestselling Arrangement Serials

FML is becoming Avery’s motto. Just when she doesn’t think things could get any worse, they do. When her car stalls out at a busy intersection and she gets out to check under the hood, a guy steals her car. Armed with a dress and a pair of Chucks, Avery runs after the thief. When a hot stranger offers to help, she can’t say no. That’s how Avery mets Sean Ferro, the totally sexy, totally damaged guy with more secrets than she has time for.

Avery doesn’t have time for anything anymore. Her is life falling apart and it’s not just the car. It’s everything, and it doesn’t matter how tightly she tries to hold on, there’s nothing left to hold on to. With the sudden death of her parents, it’s only a matter of months until Avery’s shot at college is gone, and she’s living in a cardboard box. Other students have their families to rely on when things get bad. Avery has no one.

But there’s one option, one incredibly sexy, morally devoid, option. If Avery takes a job as a call girl, one guy could save her. One client. One time. She just has to say yes.

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For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab center.

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