17 OCTOBER 1868, Page 24

Wild as a Hawk. By Katharine S. Macquoid. 3 yobs.

(Tinsley.)— The opening scene in this novel does not promise well. A wife who has been married a few weeks tells her husband that she does not and can not love him ; and that she does love another man whom she names. We, would tell our readers that they must not be prejudiced against the book by this inauspicious beginning. The dissatisfied wife is prevented from carrying out her purpose of abandoning her home by an attack of robbers, which breaks up the said home most effectually, and when we meet her again we find her to bo a person of the greatest excellence and piety- Her name is Marjorie, and she must not be confounded, as it must be confessed we confounded her through a whole volume, with the

Marjorie who is the real heroine of tho story. This Marjorie the second, "wild as a hawk," is a bright and loveable crea- ture, whose adventures we follow with a great deal of sympathy and interest. We do not care about the men, who are very much "women's men" of the old conventional types ; but this does not hinder the story from being a good one. The plot contains the ex- travagance—common in plots since Mrs. Henry Wood in East Lynne introduced a divorced wife coming back as governess to her old home— of a woman returning incognita to the place which she had most reason to avoid, and where she was certain to be recognized ; otherwise it is reasonable enough.