Dedmayne Rectory is quietly decaying; its striped chintz and darkened rooms are a bastion of outmoded Victorian values.
Here Mary has spent thirty-five years, devoting herself to her sister, now dead, and to her father, Canon Jocelyn. Although she is pitied by her neighbours for this muted existence, Mary is content. But when she meets Robert Herbert, her ease is destroyed and years of suppressed emotion surface through her desire for him.
Out of the Shadows
Take two sisters, Alice and Flora Mayor, identical twins born into a comfortable upper-middle-class family in Surrey in 1872. Their clergyman father was also a professor of classical literature at...Read more