After a separation of many years, Emily 'Fido' Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London. Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her marriage to the older Vice-Admiral Codrington, while Fido has become a successful woman of business and a pioneer in the British Women's Movement. But, for ...Read MoreAfter a separation of many years, Emily 'Fido' Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London. Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her marriage to the older Vice-Admiral Codrington, while Fido has become a successful woman of business and a pioneer in the British Women's Movement. But, for all her independence of mind, Fido is too trusting of her once-dear companion and finds herself drawn into aiding Helen's obsessive affair with a young army officer. When the Vice-Admiral seizes the children and sues for divorce, the women's friendship unravels amid accusations of adultery and counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, as well as a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life ...Based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington Divorce, THE SEALED LETTER, full of sparkling characters and wicked dialogue, is a thought-provoking mystery and gripping drama of friends, lovers and marriage.Read Less
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After reading Sarah Waters' victorian-lesbian novels, every other one had very big shoes to fill. I just wanted something to read, to keep me up at night like Fingersmith, Affinity, or Tipping the Velvet use to. Just about anything victorian-lesbian-ish with a decent storyline. And holy jeez this one did the exact opposite. I've set a new record for myself, I fell asleep five times before getting to the 15th page. Though I hate letting a book go unfinished, I couldn't do it with this one after I fell asleep for the 383948204323th time. The plot picked up just a little where I stopped, which was maybe 50-60 pages in, but it wasn't good enough for me to force myself to continue on. No likeable characters and the dialogue was confusing. If anyone needs a cure for insomnia, this is it.
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