“She who held the reorganisation of society in Carlingford in her hands was a woman with a mission”
Lucilla Marjoribanks is determined to look after her widowed father and become ‘the sunshine of his life’ whether he likes it or not. Once installed back at home and presiding over her father’s drawing room, she launches herself into Carlingford society, aiming to raise the tone with her select evening parties. Lucilla is optimistic, resourceful and completely without self-doubt, bt will her indomitable nature diminish her marriage prospects? Will she marry the wrong man to save herself from eternal spinsterhood? With its superbly flawed heroine, is Marjoribanks (1866) is a wonderfully comic depiction of the conventions and proprieties that rule a vacuous society.
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