Images of Rose Author:Anna Gilbert Once in a great while, a novel appears of an intensely haunting quality and with a central character of rare complexity, elusory yet enduring. Such a novel was Rebecca and such a figure was the first wife at Manderlay. In this same tradition, Anna Gilbert has written a subtle and mysterious tale and again at its core is a beautiful and enigmat... more »ic woman.
It begins in the late nineteenth century in the lush atmosphere of the English countryside at Saxelby Mill, where the seafaring Captain Adam Westerdale had brought his frail bride and where a few years later he buried her. The distraught husband returned to sea, leaving behind him two young daughters, and except for his infrequent visits Lucy and Ellen Westerdale grew to the brink of womanhood happily but without their father's presence. Thus they lived in his absence and in their mother's shadowy memory, dreaming of the day that her girlhood companion, Cousin Rose, would come to them at last.
And that May morning when they spied the beautiful young woman dressed in gray, standing lost and alone at the mill gate, was the day it all began. Rose had come and touched their lives and nothing would ever be the same again.« less