Lily has long been unsuccessfully wooed by John Eames, a junior clerk at the Income Tax Office. The handsome and personable Adolphus Crosbie looks like an enticing alternative, but Adolphus has his eye on the rigid Lady Alexandrina de Courcy, whose family is in a position to further his career. Bell, meanwhile, must choose between the local doctor, James Crofts, and her wealthy cousin, Bernard.
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"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)
Although I generally love Trollope, this book was disappointing. It starts off with the usual Trollope flair, has lots of colorful characters, some of whom appeared in other works. But after a very long build-up to the central love affair's conclusion, it peters out to an extremely unsatisfying ending.
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