An Excerpt From A Review By

The Historical Novel Society

Gilder's floridly-written novel takes place mostly in a Washington, D.C. poised to enter the twentieth century, and focuses on the upper-society circles of the Hargrove family and its forbidding patriarch. When disruption enters this family's placid life from the most unlikely quarter -- a tiny village a world away in Wales -- old family secrets are laid bare and all the Hargrove generations must deal with a series of revelations Gilder deploys with a good deal of narrative skill...She layers her story with such lush period color and unabashed emotion that readers will be swept away. Gilder has matched her Whartonesque setting with a Whartonesque narrative tone that she manages to carry off almost to perfection."