The Cook's Temptation

The Cook's Temptation

eBook - 2013
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Joyce Wayne brings to life the complexities of Victorian life, first in County Devon and then in London's East End. The 'big picture' is about one woman's life, class conflict, religious intolerance, suspicion and betrayal. The central figure is Cordelia, a strong-minded Jewish woman who is caught between her desire to be true to herself and her need to be accepted by English society.Cordelia Tilley is the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Anglican father. Her mother has groomed her for a life in English society while her father, a tough publican, has shown no tolerance for his wife's social climbing or the conceits of their perspicacious daughter. Cordelia's mother dies from typhoid fever, she tries to run the family 's establishment, she falls prey to a local industrialist, she gives birth to a son, she is tormented by her husband and his family. Finally, she is rescued by suffragette friends and sets off to start a new life in London.The Cook's Temptation is about a woman who is unpredictable, both strong and weak willed, both kind and heinous, victim and criminal. It is a genuine Victorian saga, full of detail, twists and turns, memorable scenes, full of drama and pathos.
Publisher: Oakville, Ontario :, Mosaic Press,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781771610469
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Interesting story based on the typhoid Mary history in UK in 19thcentury. However there are too many dangling threads in the story. I never could figure out why her French Jewish mother married the barkeep from England. Cordelia's faith in her own Jewishness despite her social ambitions are not plausible. I could not figure out who this mysterious banker was who picked Cordelia off of the London streets. Overall not that well written and a frustrating read.


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