A compelling novel based on the disastrous and scandalous marriage of New Zealand's Governor Sir George Grey and his lively young wife, Eliza Lucy.Trapped in an increasingly loveless union, Sir George and his wife, Eliza Lucy, each sought affection elsewhere. Lady Grey's indiscretion caused her to be cast off by her husband and vilified throughout colonial and domestic Victorian high society. Her fall from grace was broadcast by The Times of London, eventually reaching even the ears of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Meanwhile the nature of Sir George's liaison with his young Maori protg was to remain only the subject of speculation. Eliza's life is revealed through the perspective of the fictitious English orphan, Fanny Thompson, who offers an intriguing interpretation of Sir George's behaviour. But Fanny, too, finds herself drawn by the lure of an exotic culture and is forced to question the nature of love and to confront her own values.
Used availability for Judy Corbalis's A Crooked Rib
July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition