The story is set in 1890’s Victorian London and tells the story of socialite Lady Emily Ashton who marry Phillip only to get away from her overbearing mother. Not long after they are married Phillip dies from an illness during an expedition to Africa. Emily knows very little about her husband and is unaffected by his death. Almost two years later she receives Phillip’s journals she learns her husband was an antiquities collector and apparently loved his new wife deeply.
Emily is her own woman and does not care to do as society dictates, learning that her husband was a scholar she decides to read some of his books and begins to learn more of ancient Greece. Phillip collected many antiques and donated them to museums for everyone to enjoy, but when Emily visits their country estate she finds the originals that she thought was in the museum. She cannot accept the horrible truth that he husband may have been a forger. Two of his friends who are also courting her now become suspects, but which one helped Phillip in his deception or his donations.
She soon learns that Phillip may not have died in Africa, so she sets out to uncover the truth.
The novel was a quick read, the story predictable, but I enjoyed the characters and the plot and the language. I give it 4 Stars.