A rewarding tale, set in England just prior to the start of The Great War, showcases three sisters who couldn't be more different. Rowena and Victoria Buxton are acknowledged daughters of the family; Prudence Tate is the illegitimate daughter of the family governess. While they may share a father, they do not share the same destiny. Pru makes a hasty marriage to a handsome, ambitious footman; they flee to London to make their fortune. Rowena finds herself in a daredevil sport completely unsuitable for women, at the same time embarking upon a daredevil romance. Victoria, the family invalid, manages to regain her health and attempts to become a scientist. With predictable disastrous results, she is excoriated as a pretentious fraud. The story follows all three young women - and their men - as the world lurches toward war. Very well written with enticing characters. It's a 4.
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