The world is Old Guard New York society in the mid-1930s, and an impoverished Amy Hunt has come to live in her wealthy cousin Dolly Chadbourne's household as a paid companion. Ignored by Dolly's snobbish circle, Amy imagines herself the heroine of a Victorian novel. In a daring move, she runs off with Dolly's married nephew-but the affair, while providing food for scandal, fails to provide the drama and purpose Amy sought to create. Disenchanted, Amy returns to Cousin Dolly's, but just when her fate as an outcast seems sealed, rescue appears in a proposal of marriage from Jamey Coates, the family lawyer. On the strength of Jamey's unassailable character and position, Amy moves easily into her new role as a society matron. Jamey's devotion to her and to his moral ideals becomes a fresh focus for her romantic visions until her past mistake comes back to haunt them both. Adultery and blackmail are only part of the far reaching consequences that blight their lives and lead to the final shattering of Amy's lofty dreams.
Used availability for Louis Auchincloss's The Country Cousin
April 1980 : USA Hardback
October 1978 : UK Hardback
August 1978 : USA Hardback
September 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback