I mean, seriously, what does Laura have going for her besides an angelic countenance? She's obviously not particularly bright, can't draw to save her life, has a pretty warped sense of priorities, suffers from a seriously weak immune system for no apparent reason, and signs away a hefty fortune. But Marian. The woman is amazing! She is smart, brave, intrepid, well-formed, loyal, kind, and scrappy. How cruel, Wilkie Collins, to make her some sort of monstrosity to look at to compensate for her overwhelming awesomeness. What, a woman can't be smart, pretty, and brave?
So many things happened in this book! And it was populated by so many well-drawn characters, all of whom had such distinct, individual voices (except for Laura, who had very little personality at all, but she was pretty and that's all that matters). Want to know more? Check out my review on the Project Gutenberg Project blog.