A page-turning late-Victorian mystery by a master, The Glass of
Time is for fans of The Meaning of Night and for readers new to
Michael Cox alike.
Picking up the lives of characters from the first novel some twenty
years later, The Glass of Time begins in 1876. Nineteen-year-old
orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives from Paris at the great country
house of Evenwood to become lady's maid to the 26th Baroness
Tansor, the former Miss Emily Carteret. But Esperanza is no
ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious
"Madame," to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has
concealed for decades, and to set right a past injustice which -
although Esperanza does not know it -- is intimately linked with
her own future as well as her past.
Gradually, those secrets are revealed, and with them the true
identities of nearly every character - for it seems that no one in
Esperanza's world is who she believes them to be. She finds herself
enmeshed in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that
culminates in a devastating betrayal by those she trusted most.
Richly textured and elegantly told, The Glass of Time is a
completely enveloping tale of identity, of the unexpected
consequences of hidden truths, and of what can happen when past
obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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