Part of a series, this is the first book.
1914 england not an easy place for women. Still sadly very much second class citizens
and it seemed the more money you had, the restructions and controls on women were tighter.
Elizabeth is living at least from the outside an idyllic life. Her father particularly
dotes on her, but on one thing he is adamant. She must make a good marriage, and unlike
her mother who married for money and married into trade, very mucha downer, Elizabeth
must marry into a well established family.
Despite massive animosity between the two neighbouring houses of brother and sister,
Henry is persuaded to step in and find an alliance for his niece. The problem arises
because Elizabeth has set her sights elsewhere.
This was not just a family saga. Emotions of envy and jealousy and even murder and to
a lesser extent vandalism all played a part. The setting of rural England against
the backdrop of a looming World War, the beginning of the end of service to the great
houses and the strengthening of the suffragette movement all added historical interest
and a commentary on society as it was then.
Characterization was spot on. The husbands portrayed both bullies - one using his wealth
the other his background over their subservient wives, children cowering against threats,
the independent spirit amongst younger people both Aiden and Elizabeth being in point were
well portrayed in the story.
Sent by Bookouture for an independent review, courtesy of Netgalley.