The Making of a Marchioness
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I am shocked that I had never heard of this book until just a few weeks ago. (Thank you Aunt Gayle!) What a delightful read! Previously I had only read the author's books for children, and, like many people, I didn't even know about her novels for adults until now.
The book was originally published in two parts: the first is a "Cinderella Story" of sorts, and the second is a drama/suspense/romance. It's filled with interesting characters, and moments that will make you smile and/or sigh, bite your nails, and keep you turning pages. And, like most books of the time, there is nothing offensive. Hallelujah!
Actually, I'm quite surprised that BBC hasn't made this into a mini-series. It's perfectly suited to it!
If you plan to read it, make sure you get the version containing both parts.