|Pages/Publication Date:||368 / 2014|
Before she became the haunting spinster Miss Havisham of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, she was Catherine, a young woman with all of her dreams ahead of her. Spry, imperious, she is the daughter of a wealthy brewer. Sent by her father to stay with the Chadwycks, Catherine discovers elegant pastimes to remove the taint of her family's new money and better blend into the upper echelons of Victorian England. But in this powerful prequel by Ronald Frame, Catherine is anything but worldly, and when a charismatic stranger pays her attention, everything?her heart, her future, the Havisham name?is vulnerable.
"Ronald Frame is one of Scotland's finest writers and this new book will confirm his reputation as a writer whom it is simply a delight to read."—Alexander McCall Smith