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 QCs 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 unsettle 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.
Praise for Secret Relations
“An unsentimental gem, an absorbing portrait of an upper-class English family beset by changes.”---The Boston Globe
“Dilke’s novel will appeal to those who love tales of British bloodlines.”---Booklist
Praise for The Inheritance
“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