"A majestic Victorian tale...Wealthy lawyer Esmond, discarded illegitimate son of a peer, has pinched his way to the top of his profession, while his handsome, debt-ridden cavalry officer brother Clinton has inherited the title and the ancestral home. Beautiful actress Theresa, a widow, a fierce free spirit with a sinewy wit, is the woman both will love". (Kirkus Reviews). "It is rare in this field to meet the realities of passion, its shifts and treacheries; when this combines with rich historical details, including recondite legal and financial ones, the result is outstanding". (Observer). "The novel does imperatively make you want to know what happens next. Three cheers for narrative". (New Statesman). "A superb novelistic situation, starkly worked out as it would be in real life...I was intensely concerned for the fortunes of these people". (Elizabeth Jenkins, Kaleidoscope (BBC)).