Madame Solario Author:anonymous There are people like geological "faults"-the doctor said-who are a weakness in the fabric of society; disturbance and disaster follow wherever they go. Such, in his eyes, were Eugene Harden and his sister Nelly, known as Natalia Solario. At a fashionable hotel on Lake Como in 1906, the enchanting Madam Solario, a woman of worldly charm and my... more »stery, is receiving the gallant attentions of the men and the envy of the women when her brother unexpectedly appears on the scene. Thrown together by a scandal in their past, they find themselves inescapably enmeshed. The relationship that develops between them causes a major disruption in their little segment of society, just as, a few years later, a greater catastrophe was to disrupt the whole of society.
But theirs was still the sunny and romantic world of the rich international set - of cotillions and boating parties and Grand Balls, of flirtation and intrigue. The author of this extremely distinguished novel has glowingly recaptured that scene. It was an age when life had graces now lost and an age in which departures from the Code could cause international upheavals. The dress, the attitudes, the manners of European aristocracy in those years live in these pages as if the book had been written at that time.
Madam Solario is a fictional Tour De Force, refreshingly outside of the main current, with the charm of a newly discovered classic.« less