This summaryof the novel is from Ernest Baker and James Packman, A Guide to the Best Fiction (London: George Routledge, 1932) — DB

Like the majority of Blackmore's novels, an attempt to naturalize romance in a modem environment. A melodramatic tale which was taken to be by Miss Braddon: a petulant and obstinate heroine's adventures, before she comes into her rightful heritage, mixed up with the history of a Corsican vendetta. Word-landscapes of Devon, Gloucestershire, and Corsica; and many sketches of eccentric character, such as the Devonshire prodigy, Huxtable, with his wrestling feats, and the farcical Balak and Balam and other cockneys.

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