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Love's Shadow

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Love's Shadow by Ada Leverson is a delightful and charming novel that captures the nuances of relationships and society in early 20th century London. The story follows the lives of two friends, Edith and Bruce, as they navigate the complexities of love, friendship, and societal expectations.

Leverson's writing is witty and humorous, making the characters come alive on the page. The dialogue is sharp and engaging, drawing the reader into the world of high society and social gatherings. The dynamic between Edith and Bruce is particularly engaging, as their friendship evolves and is tested by the pressures of society.

The novel also offers a vivid portrait of London in the early 20th century, providing a glimpse into the lives of the upper class and the social conventions of the time. Leverson's descriptions of the city and its inhabitants are vivid and immersive, transporting the reader back in time.

Overall, Love's Shadow is a delightful and engaging read that will appeal to fans of classic literature and historical fiction. Leverson's skillful storytelling and vivid characters make this novel a must-read for anyone looking for a charming and captivating read.

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The first in a trilogy of books known together as 'The Little Ottleys', this is a sparkling social comedy set in Edwardian London. Ada Leverson was a great friend and staunch supporter of Oscar Wilde and shared his love for sharp, witty writing. Like Wilde, her work is characterised by a wonderful ear for dialogue and deft characterization. 'Love's Shadow' introduces us to Bruce and Edith Ottley and their friends, who are to all appearances living the bright and carefree lives of the well-to-do. But there are cracks appearing in the facade. Bruce is staggeringly self-obsessed, a hypochondriac and a spendthrift, and Edith must learn to manage her stubborn, exasperating husband. Meanwhile their friends attempt to navigate the rocky rapids of love and marriage with varying degrees of success, and keep us thoroughly entertained along the way. ( Helen Taylor)

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