A Perfect Revenge: A Novel

Front Cover
Macmillan, Apr 1, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
0 Reviews

From the author of The Inheritance and Secret Relations comes a Romeo and Juliet tale centering on a wonderful old English ancestral home that had once been a Cistercian abbey.

Almost a year on from the loss of their precious abbey, the Delancey family remains devastated. The abbey had been the uninterrupted home of Delanceys since the sixteenth century. To compound the insult, they have lost it to their archenemies: the family of their old gardener, Stanley Trafford---who was dismissed and evicted, along with his family, by Laura's grandfather Edmund in 1947. But now Stanley's son is a millionaire, intent on avenging his father. . . . Stanley Trafford and Edmund Delancey were boyhood friends. When both men married, just before the war, the couples became inseparable, with the two women---Hester and Effie---offering comfort to each other while their husbands fought in the same regiment. So what really happened on that fateful morning in 1947, to poison their friendship for nearly forty years? This magical story follows two warring families---the Traffords and the Delanceys---over the course of one devastating year, in which old secrets catch them up and turn everything upside down.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
15
Chapter Three
29
Chapter Four
36
Chapter Five
50
Chapter Six
62
Chapter Seven
72
Chapter Eight
79
Chapter Eighteen
181
Chapter Nineteen
191
Chapter Twenty
205
Chapter Twentyone
218
Chapter Twentytwo
223
Chapter Twentythree
234
Chapter Twentyfour
247
Chapter Twentyfive
260

Chapter Nine
94
Chapter Ten
106
Chapter Eleven
118
Chapter Twelve
127
Chapter Thirteen
135
Chapter Fourteen
144
Chapter Fifteen
154
Chapter Sixteen
160
Chapter Seventeen
165
Chapter Twentysix
274
Chapter Twentyseven
295
Chapter Twentyeight
303
Chapter Twentynine
322
Chapter Thirty
334
Chapter Thirtyone
346
Chapter Thirtytwo
367
Epilogue
372
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Annabel Dilke is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter whose books have been shortlisted for numerous awards. She is the author of The Inheritance and Secret Relations. She lives in South London.

Bibliographic information