In the year 1903, Eleanor, the Duchess
of Darnsworth, is the envy of many – a beautiful
and sophisticated woman, happily married mother of
three, well-respected lady of society and an accomplished
horse-breeder. But beneath the perfect surface lurks
the memory of a tragic loss that haunts Eleanor’s
every waking moment.
On a visit to Vienna, she encounters
the independent-minded and strong-willed Countess
Sophie von Hagendorf, who, with her academic pursuits
and unconventional lifestyle, has chosen to break
through the rigid confines society has set out for
her. She, too, has had to create a façade towards
the world; loss and a fateful accident have left their
Sophie’s brusque manners both
exasperate and intrigue the Duchess, but with closer
acquaintance, the two women discover a sympathy beyond
anything expected and the prospect of a love that
could redeem them both . . .
and Hinges formerly appeared as the novel Imperial
Whites and has been rewritten and expanded for
its Tenth Anniversary Edition.