This short but powerful, evocative story tells of a young woman whose experience with passionate love and sudden loss sets her on a path toward remaking her life and herself. The story combines passion with the emotional restraint which both sustained and repressed the British upper classes, and in its main character shows a young woman who finds herself and her purpose in life through reading great books.
A great read, all the more compelling for its brevity and conciseness of thought.
Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, orphaned at birth, has worked as a maid at one English country estate since she was sixteen. And for almost all of those years she has been the secret lover to Paul Sheringham, the scion of the estate next door. On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, Jane and Paul will make love for the last time though not, as Jane believes, because Paul is about to be married. The events of the day will alter Jane's life forever. As the narrative moves back and forth from 1924 to the end of the century, what we know and understand about Jane, about the way she loves, thinks, feels, sees, remembers deepens with every beautifully wrought moment....Continua