The Return Of The Native
Author: Thomas Hardy
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Complete and unabridged.
Set against the seasonal changes of Egdon Heath, The Return of the Native is the story of Eustacia Vye, a proud and passionate young woman, whose heart leads her inevitably towards tragedy.
A delay in the marriage of Damon Wildeve and Thomasin Yeobright has allowed Wildeve time for second thoughts. He visits his former love, Eustacia, and is made to decide which of the two women to marry, for Eustacia has a prior claim and is of higher birth. Both women, however, are found to have rivals for Wildeve, and he must act quickly to secure a bride.
Thus the ambitions, passions and prejudices of the rural community are played out, each character facing dilemmas and moral decisions, possessing human weaknesses and struggling against a destiny that they cannot hope either to avoid or to conquer.