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Diana Tempest

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Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley is a captivating novel that follows the life of the titular character as she navigates through the complexities of Victorian society. From the very beginning, Diana's strong-willed nature and determination to live life on her own terms make her a compelling protagonist.

The story is rich in detail and character development, with Cholmondeley masterfully portraying the societal constraints and expectations placed upon women during this time period. As Diana faces challenges and adversity, she proves herself to be a resilient and independent woman, willing to fight for her own happiness and fulfillment.

The supporting characters in the novel are equally well-developed, adding depth and complexity to the storyline. The relationships and dynamics between the characters are beautifully crafted, providing insight into the social norms and values of the era.

Overall, Diana Tempest is a thought-provoking and engaging novel that offers a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of women in Victorian England. Cholmondeley's writing is both poignant and powerful, making this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction.

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Colonel Tempest , his wastrel son Archie and beautiful daughter Diana are dismayed when they are cut out of the will of old Mr Tempest, Colonel Tempest’s brother. All of the Tempest fortune and estates at Overleigh pass to son John. However, everyone except John knows that he is illegitimate.

Colonel Tempest, enraged, agrees in a drunken stupor to a bounty of £10,000 on John’s head although he later comes to bitterly regret this.

Meanwhile, Di, who is strong and independent, has vowed she will never marry. However, as she gets to know her cousin John, over time they become close.

John eventually learns of his illegitimacy and its implications. What will therefore happen to his deepening love for Di and his claim to the family fortune? - Summary by Simon Evers

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