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Tension is a captivating novel that delves deep into the complexities of relationships and societal expectations. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the lives of two sisters, each struggling to find their place in a world that demands conformity and sacrifice.

The author masterfully explores themes of gender roles, class distinctions, and the pressures of marriage and motherhood. The tension between the sisters, as well as their conflicting desires and ambitions, creates a palpable sense of unease and conflict throughout the book.

Delafield's writing is elegant and thought-provoking, offering a nuanced portrayal of the challenges faced by women in a patriarchal society. The characters are richly drawn and relatable, each wrestling with their own insecurities and desires.

Overall, Tension is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that will leave readers contemplating the complexities of love, family, and societal expectations long after they have turned the final page. Highly recommended for fans of literary fiction and historical dramas.

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When the role of ‘Lady Superintendent’ becomes available at the Commercial and Technical College for South West England, the calm and capable Pauline Marchrose is the successful applicant. This is good news for Sir Julian, the college director, who greatly admires her diligence and ability. Mark Easter, Sir Julian’s agent, feels admiration for her too, which rapidly becomes romantic attraction. But Mark already has a wife, albeit in name only. And Sir Julian’s wife, Lady Edna Rossiter, discovers that Pauline Marchrose is the same woman who jilted her cousin Clarence after he was paralysed in an accident. A manipulative,self-righteous and interfering woman, she has little interest in the truth of the story, and she uses her position and influence to start a whispering campaign against Pauline. In a small community this soon creates an atmosphere of suspicion and tension which threatens her whole future. - Summary by Helen Taylor

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