Is it possible to love a person so much that you refuse to remain together with him or her -- because you know that your union is destined to bring unhappiness? Is this choice selfless or selfish? That's the philosophical question at the heart of this rather dark romance from Anne Douglas Sedgwick. Despite sharing a passionate affinity that has persisted for decades, a couple's chance at lasting togetherness is dashed because one partner is fearful that he is not worthy of the love he has been given.
Though born in the United States, Anne Douglas Sedgwick moved to England at the age of 9 and lived there for the rest of her life. Reflecting her own upbringing spanning the New World and the Old World, Sedgwick often concocted plots that juxtaposed these two cultures. In Adrienne Toner, an American girl finds herself navigating the unfamiliar territory of English society.
This compelling novel from Anne Douglas Sedgwick combines elements of romance and family drama, as well as an interesting twist on the age-old theme of fated love. A young man spots an enchanting portrait of a woman and instantly falls in love with her. He makes it his mission to locate and woo this beloved -- but when he succeeds, the situation is much more complicated than he imagined.
Brilliant pianist Madame Okraska and her adopted daughter Karen have a tight-knit relationship. When Karen finds herself falling for wry and sardonic attorney Gregory Jardine, Madame Okraska -- who is used to unquestioning deference from her adoring fans -- isn't particularly pleased. Can love flourish amidst these trying circumstances?