The Sealed Letter, Paperback Book
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After a separation of many years, Emily 'Fido' Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London.

Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her marriage to the older Vice-Admiral Codrington, while Fido has become a successful woman of business and a pioneer in the British Women's Movement.

But, for all her independence of mind, Fido is too trusting of her once-dear companion and finds herself drawn into aiding Helen's obsessive affair with a young army officer.

Then, when the Vice-Admiral seizes the children and sues for divorce, the women's friendship unravels amid accusations of adultery and counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, as well as a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life ...


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Fido Faithfull finds herself unwittingly and unwillingly caught up in first the affair of her friend Helen Codrington with an army officer, and then in the divorce proceedings initiated by Harry Codrington against his wife.Much hinges on the 'Unsealed letter' bandied about in court - what secret will it reveal, and which of the Codringtons will it help?This is an interesting book. Based on real life events and a scandal that played out through the divorce courts in 1864, it is informative as well as a good read. There is the historical setting of the British women's movement, and enlightening details about how the divorce courts worked in Victorian England. As well as that, it is a well-written and gripping story.

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A Victorian melodrama based on the real case of the Codrington divorce that focuses on how Emily (Fido) Faithfull, a leading women's right campaigner, gets embroiled in the Codrington's divorce. An easy read that captures the double standards and intrigues of The Victorian era.

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