A virtuous but poor young lady falls in love with a man whose family wants him to marry money.
Nothing is known about the author of this novel which, with a large cast of lively characters and much circumstantial detail, tells a story of what might be called Providential revenge.
“There is a certain air of actual life, marks of observation, traces of personal experience and investigation, and a power of pourtraying things and people...which would have been graphic were it not for the dream-like air of unreality." Athenaeum, September 18, 1858
The novel has a "felicitous closeness of observation, and a fluency as well as vigour of style.” Spectator, September 25, 1858
“A work of uncommon merit. Its construction is admirable; for, although the story is intricate” and each of its “vast crowd of personages is made to preserve...a distinct...personality,” still “the reader is never suffered to lose sight of...the central object of the plot, the heroine of the story.” Critic, September 25, 1858
"Among recent fictions we know of none having a stronger claim on our commendation...for a freshess and sweetness that breathe of the heather of the Irish mountains. We know not that we have ever made acquaintance in the realms of fiction with a more truly fascinating person” than Eva Desmond. Eclectic Review, November, 1858
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