Mistress of Pallas (U.K. hardback title)

On a Far Wild Shore (U.S. hardback and U. K. paperback title)

Published by St Martin's Press and Piatkus, 1986

In 1889, young, beautiful, and newly widowed, Elizabeth Troy travels to her late husband’s Cornish estate, hoping to find comfort among its fertile hills and valleys. But she is shocked to discover the vast, decaying acreage of Pallas is now her sole responsibility – and that Morwenna Troy, her sister-in-law, is her implacable enemy.


  • Chatterley meets Manderley — Washington Post
  • Macdonald inherited all of R.F. Delderfield’s fans. His sagas set in England are a joy to read — Columba - Midwest Review of Books
  • A highly readable, wonderfully emotional, and perfectly satyisfying fare for the sumptuous-saga lover — Rave Reviews
  • Routine, predictable, and humdrum romance, with too much complicated 19th-century English legal maneuvering, and at least one too many charming Cornish peasants — Kirkus
  • A cut above the usual historical fiction — Chattanooga Times
  • Salted with Cornish wit, wisdom, legend, and tradition. A very good read — The Good Book Guide
  • A novel rich in Cornish flavour — The West Briton
  • He is every bit as bad as Dickens – Martin Seymour-Smith
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