The rich are with you always Author:Malcolm Macdonald A Victorian world--seething with intrigue, exploding with passion. — At a time when fabulous fortunes could be made through the will of a strong man or the wiles of a beautiful woman, the driving ambitions of the Stevensons finally bring them into the center of dazzling power and position. John Stevenson's genius as a builder and Nora's clear-ey... more »ed, brilliant cunning promise to make them one of England's richest families. Children are born to them, luxuries accrue, and their deep love endures. But their fate becomes more and more entwined with that of their friends the Thorntons--repressed and pious Arabella, secretive, sex-obsessed Walter--as whispers of scandal and disgrace threaten to bring them all to ruin.
Here are all the extremes of wealth and want, prudery and lust, charity and callousness, in an enthralling saga of two passionate families. Here is all the striving and triumph of the rich and the ruthless in in the first flush of England's glorious Victorian age....« less