A Village Affair
The Grey House was the answer to everything in Alice Jordan's life - her perfect life. The beautiful eighteenth-century building with its orchard and paddock, the village of friendly eccentrics - Lettice Deverel with her parrot, and the vicar, a wonderful man - seemed to be the ultimate achievement of her outwardly happy marriage - a loyal, if dull husband, three children, two cars, and now, the house. So why did she feel that something crucial was missing? As they settled themselves solidly into local life (Monday, the community shop, Saturday, church flowers) the something missing in Alice's life became huge, then broke, scandalizing the village, opening up old wounds. But through it, because of it, Alice began to feel there was hope and humour, understanding and compassion in the new life she must build for herself.
A stylish, warm, sometimes comical, sometimes loving story of a marriage, a family, and a village affair.
"An elegantly crafted dissection of English rural life among the well-heeled and privileged...A considerable achievement", Christine Hickman, Woman's Journal. "A story of seduction - not only sexual seduction but the irresistible appeal of money, beautiful objects, charming manners...excellent", Penny Perrick, The Sunday Times. "A richly textured and immensely readable novel", The Sunday Times.
Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.