From the author of The Inheritance---called “psychologically reminiscent of John Cheever” by the Washington Post---comes this story of love, family, and the unbridled passions that so frequently set them at odds.
Charlie, Kitty, Max, and Liza are first cousins and lifelong friends. Charlie is an aspiring barrister, Kitty is expected to marry, Max is too spoiled for his own good, Liza too ambitious. They belong to the vast St. Clair clan, a distinguished and wealthy power in the land, where judges and QC’s rub shoulders with black sheep and eccentrics, and where, above all, weakness is frowned upon. But the family is not as secure as it seems. Foolish business decisions rock its finances; a bitter and public divorce unsettles its stability. And when two of the cousins declare their love for each other, this threatens to destroy the family’s very foundations and reveal a tragic secret that has lain buried for over half a century.
“The book is about making youthful mistakes that lose their reckless appeal over time, leaving those in middle age with more melancholic regrets than appealing memories . . . breathtaking.”---The Washington Post
“A dollhouse family come to life . . . The gods have stopped smiling, and the little dollhouse world is turned upside down. The fun is watching where everyone lands.”---The New York Times
“A wryly subversive story . . . an entertaining portrait.”---The Boston Globe
“Readers who relish aristocratic glamour spiced with a little class conflict will be lured by this romance.”---Publishers Weekly
“[Dilke] does a great job of making readers feel [her characters’] loss . . . Fans of Rosamunde Pilcher and popular British fiction will enjoy.”---Library Journal
“Exquisitely written . . . a lovely, absorbing story.”---Elizabeth Buchan, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
“For centuries English writers have demonstrated a unique ability to observe every level of their society with a blend of unblinking candor and wry compassion. Annabel Dilke stands tall in that succession, and with The Inheritance she has added an important new chapter to a great tradition.”---James Lipton, creator and host of Inside the Actors Studio and author of An Exaltation of Larks