Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Firecombe Manor by Kate Riordan
I like that kind of book, occasionally, especially when life has forced me to slow down and recuperate, which it has of late.
I believe the book went under a different title originally, Girl in the Photograph. Either way, it's two stories several decades apart, in the same setting. In the latter tale (1933) Alice has gotten herself "in the family way" without benefit of a husband, and is shuttled off to an estate in the country where a friend of her mother's works as housekeeper, until the birth of the baby. But while there, she becomes fascinated by a former mistress of the estate, Lady Elizabeth Stanton, and the mysteries that surround her life and disappearance.
The stories are well told, and do intertwine to some degree. There is also an interesting running theme exploring postpartum depression and how it was handled at the end of the Victorian era into the early Edwardian era.
Tags: i-liked-it, made-me-look-something-up, read, read-in-2015, taught-me-something