Souhami has a Midas touch with words. Her narrative sparkles. Nigel Nicolson, Sunday Telegraph
This dark and Gothic tale of passion and cruelty, of an indomitable mother and a frail daughter, is all the more shocking for its imperturbable, elegant settings Biarritz, London drawing-rooms, Florentine villas and English country houses. Flora Fraser, Daily Telegraph
Alice Keppel and her daughter Violet Trefusis were both, in their ways, legendary lovers. Mrs Keppel, mistress of Edward VII and great-grandmother to Camilla Parker-Bowles, was the acceptable face of adultery. For Violet, romance proved tragic and destructive as her mother used all the force at her command charm, determination, money to repress her love affair with Vita Sackville-West.