London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel's choices are not so simple. As her husband's career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both.
When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to take an uncommon interest in Maribel, she fears he will not only destroy Edward's career but both of their reputations.
"...[A] grand adventure, and Clark's novel is so richly textured and detailed that the reader might rightly wish that she return to her former profession as a historian - for a rousing social history of the Victorian era, written to these standards, would be a welcome thing... Long, intricate and very well-realized: a page turner for the smart set." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Wry humor; excellent story
- K. Parks
Plot is rather plodding
Wanted to like this book but could not finish. Nice historical detail but rather tedious story. I'll go back to my guilty pleasure of Anne Perry instead.