After loving the Passionate Friends so much I found this one to be a bit disappointing. The characters were just too posh, stupid and unlikeable. While there were some very funny and insightful moments on the whole it was a little dull.
The central theme of this book was the control that husbands had over wives and how this was a bad thing. But even the romantic writer found himself wanting to own and possess the beautiful woman and I just found him a totally unsympathetic character.
The wife was 24, had 4 children and while described as very beautiful seemed to have very little personality. I felt sorry for her, but couldn't quite understand why her opinion on her life and what she should be doing had changed so dramatically, the explanation that she was "growing up" just didn't seem valid. I admired her for realising how great her freedom as a widow was, but then just couldn't accept her romantic interest in the author.
While I agree that the standards for married women and young girls were terrible. I felt the characters and the lack of personal insight in this book made it one of Wells' weaker stories....Continua