The Hidden Heart Of Emily Hudson
Publisher:Sphere ISBN:9780751542806 Published Date:7th January 2010 Dimensions:126 X 194 X 26 mm Weight:0.2586 kilograms Pages:368 Binding:Paperback Condition:VeryGood
Short DescriptionA transporting, engaging novel about a young woman's struggle to find her own way in 19th-century Boston, London and Rome.
Dear Mr Cornford, It is with regret that I begin the task of writing to you about your niece, Emily. Her recent behaviour, which I have outlined to you in previous letters, compels me to request that she be formally removed from the school and returned to your care with immediate effect . . .'
And so Emily Hudson, niece and ward, is dispatched into the care of her distant and cold uncle, to take residence at the family's Newport beach house at the outbreak of the Civil War. She is an orphan, the sole member of her family not claimed by consumption. In that first lonely summer, it is Emily's cousin William - himself an outsider - who is her saviour. Her spirit and vibrancy are at odds with the stilted climate of American society: a woman should be a paragon of virtue, definitely not an aspiring painter with no fortune to speak of. William's friendship offers Emily the chance to escape to London to pursue her dreams, but his patronage soon turns darker and more controlling. And as Emily's health falters, she turns to some rather unsuitable means to find the release she craves . . .
ReviewNo ordinary piece of Victoriana . . . Jones (sister of the equally talent Sadie) has taken a novelist's liberties with the life of [Henry] James's cousin Minny Temple, who died at 24 . . . She was passionate and ambitious . . . In this novel she is given the life she deserved * Times *
The psychological tension subtly takes hold of the reader and does not let go. This is a wonderful book and it will not disappoint * Independent *
A beguiling erotic read ...written in the vein of a classic novel and inspired by the life and writing of Henry James, it follows the bright life of orphan Emily Hudson, whose unconventional spirit sits uneasily with society' Glamour * `Historical pleasure ...a rich, romantic novel' *
Woman and Home * `Literary and romantic by turns . . . a fine read for fans of well-written historical fiction' Waterstone's Books Quarterly *