by Molly Keane
I really would like to make this 3.5 stars or 3.75!! The story starts very promisingly, I could not put the first quarter of the novel down but then it's a gets a bit silly and dated in places. There is a twist in the narrative about three-quarters of the way through which I had to re-read a few times as I couldn't believe that such a preposterous development had occurred. It does veer much towards farce at the end.
However, the sheer beauty and brilliance of the descriptive imagery for both physicality and emotions escalates this novel. Some breathtakingly, lovely writing that belonged in a better story. But, I enjoyed it and polished it off in a couple of days.