"Cordelia has all the excellent Victorian ingredients - guilty love, surrender, pathos and comedy. It is enthralling from start to finish. - Scotsman.
"Cordelia lives in an England full of musty tradition and priggishess....but fights to live her life the way she wants it." Books and Bookmen.
"Cordelia is the daughter of a clockmaker who marries the son of a self-made magnate and falls in love with Stephen who runs a music hall. The family prayers, the flare of the gas, the solemn, elaborate meals....this is the real world". - Times Literary Supplement.
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"Here is a novel in the great storytelling tradition. It has wit, suspense, fine and true characterisations, and a strange and moving love story of a girl with beauty and independence of mind whose rich capacity for love and gaiety was not always in harmony with the traditions of Victorian England.
In October, 1866, Cordelia Blake married Brook Ferguson of Grove Hall. There were three reasons for the marriage, and these were Cordelia's youth, her health, and her good manners - in short Frederick Ferguson's requirements for his son's second wife...."
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
15. Cordelia - 1949.