Why did I love this book?
Edith Wharton is probably one of my favourite authors. Her writing is uniquely beautiful, charming, witty, and emotionally powerful. Set at the turn of the last century it’s about upper-class New York society with its inflexible customs and rules. Handsome, noble Archer Newland is engaged to be married to sweet, innocent May. Then May’s scandalous cousin, the magnetic Countess Ellen Olenska, separated from her European husband, arrives on the scene to ruffle the feathers of this stuffy society – and threatens to steal the heart of Archer Newland. But May is stronger than she looks!