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Brittle Bondage – Friday Fiction

Brittle Bondage
Brett
1966

English girl, Venetia was left with no money and no security (read: husband/father) in South Africa. Her father died suddenly after getting a “chill”. Daddy’s good friend Blake was on the scene in no time to rescue poor Venetia. Naturally, marriage is the answer for a girl barely 18 and mourning her father. Daddy always wanted Venetia to marry a good guy like Blake, so why not?   For the first couple of chapters, Venetia was grateful and Blake was paternally condescending. Naturally, there are some “misunderstandings”.  I started to lose interest in this couple by the third chapter. The most interesting character is Blake’s sister who shuns marriage and is a nurse. Anyway, by the end, Venetia becomes a strong woman and really falls in love with Blake. Blake reciprocates and everyone ends up happy.

Nice title though. I was hoping for a “proto” 50 Shades of Gray thing. Too bad for me.

Mary

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11 Responses to Brittle Bondage – Friday Fiction

  • Gee, I would have thought even in 1966 that they would see the title as a bad idea, given what the book was (not) about. But, seeing that “dinghy room” (very small indeed, and likely very damp LOL) I must conclude that nobody was paying much attention anyway.

  • Perversely, I kind of want to read this. I have a *thing* for stories where love follows marriage.

  • Next time I get married, I’m making a list if “inconvenient demands” that shalt not be made.

  • So, this book is about a girl giving up a marvellously exciting oppportunity to get a job in Swinging Sixties London, and instead live in Apartheid South Africa with an utter creep? I particularly like Blake’s description of South Africa as “marvellous”. The writer could have added a dash of reality by him adding “except for all the bloody Affos, of course.” (I watched archive footage of a patronising White Rhodesian recently, and that was the term he used.)

  • Funny how right now if you got a cold or a “chill” while in Africa you’d be lucky that was all you got. Too soon?

  • Hi, mourning 18-year-old. Instead of learning to be self-reliant, marry your dad’s friend who’s nearly twice your age! No emotional distress can come of this, I promise.

    • Of course not. He’ll be both a replacement father and a husband. Because that’s not unhealthy at all.

  • the only woman named Venetia I ever knew did not look like the drawing on the cover; she was Black.

  • My mum had this book when I was a kid, it was the source of much puerile sniggering