Spine a bit slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear, chipping, primarily to top and base of spine, bookplate on front end paper. Jacket shows some edge wear, some chipping esp. at base of spine. A nice copy.
"Pursued by memories of the scandalous trial that rocked London society and resulted in her temporary imprisonment, Lavinia Hurst has escaped, penniless to Venice. There she becomes acquainted with the Meryons-Daniel, the disturbingly handsome head of the family to whom she's immediately drawn, his vicious wife, Charlotte, their daughter, Flora, crippled by a tragic accident, and Lady Tameson, Charlotte's great-aunt, an ancient woman of enormous wealth who is obviously near death. Because Flora, a deeply troubled child, takes to Lavinia, Daniel Meryon employs her as his daughter's companion and takes her back to Winterwood, the family's lonely, isolated estate in England. When the dying Lady Tameson alter her will, disinheriting Charlotte and making Flora her heiress, Lavinia is terrified. Now not only her future (a family member hints he knows her secret) and her relationship with Daniel, but the life of the young girl she has come to love are in jeopardy."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall