Like a Diamond

Like a Diamond

Published by St Martin’s and Piatkus, 1998

It is 1910 and young Peter de Vivian, arriving at his new family home in Falmouth, is instantly smitten by Gemma Penhallow, a senior housemaid. But Gemma has more reasons than most to keep her distance. In a long campaign to win her heart, Peter underestimates his family’s opposition and Gemma’s stubbornness.

  • This compelling Cornish saga will delight all who love the author’s gentle and beguiling novels – and deserves to win new admirers along the way — Bookshelf
  • Another sparkling, well-researched novel. Malcolm Ross writes ... with racy humour [and] ably creates a way of life before the Great War. A must for lovers of historical novels —The West Briton, Truro
  • Staggeringly prolific Irish author Macdonald’s 28th ladies' romance, all of them big, talky, and nostalgic bales of banter lightened by heartfelt passions and pleasurable irony. Gemma, of course, is “like a diamond” and shines only the brighter the blacker the background against which she turns. Fluffier and more charming than even Macdonald’s usual tales of young ladies caught up in social rigidities. Kirkus
  • He is every bit as bad as Dickens – Martin Seymour-Smith

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