From Publishers Weekly
Sinister events conspire to defeat spirited 19-year-old Emily Hudson in Jones's (Cold in Earth) successful historical. Orphaned and kicked out of boarding school in Rochester, N.Y., for dubious behavior, Emily is sent to her joyless uncle and his equally somber family; only the solicitous attentions of her cousin William, an aspiring novelist, salvage her spirit. While the Civil War rages, Emily hopes for a marriage to wealthy Capt. James Lindsay, but must settle for William's offer to take her to London, where he plans to become a man of letters. The intricacies of navigating English social mores leave the carefree Emily at a loss. Her American ways attract the attention of the charismatic but married Lord Firle, whose reputation is likely to ruin Emily's and William's standing in society. Forbidden to see Lord Firle, Emily withers under William's increasing disapproval and soon becomes seriously ill with consumption. Emily's interactions with William are creepy fun as they toe the line between familial and incestuous affection. Jones skillfully moves her heroine from freewheeling and childlike to cautious and deceptive and back again, and when the happy ending comes, it feels organic and hard-won.
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No ordinary piece of Victoriana ... Jones (sister of the equally talent Sadie) has taken a novelist's liberties with the life of [Henry] James's cousin Minny Temple, who died at 24 ... She was passionate and ambitious ... In this novel she is given the life she deserved Times The psychological tension subtly takes hold of the reader and does not let go. This is a wonderful book and it will not disappoint Independent A beguiling erotic read ...written in the vein of a classic novel and inspired by the life and writing of Henry James, it follows the bright life of orphan Emily Hudson, whose unconventional spirit sits uneasily with society' Glamour 'Historical pleasure .a rich, romantic novel' Woman and Home 'Literary and romantic by turns ... a fine read for fans of well-written historical fiction' Waterstone's Books Quarterly
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