THE ROSE AND THE YEW TREE by Mary Westmacott

THE ROSE AND THE YEW TREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another romance- this time with political implications- of John Gabriel from St. Lee, physically courageous, and gently born Isabella whose future had always been linked with the foreign born young Lord St. Lee. A first person story, told by Hugh Merreys, first in love with tortured Jennifer, then with isabella too, that reveals the qualities which made Gabriel the Conservative political choice in a between-wars election. But it was isabella who, to help Gabriel win, solved a social problem to everyone's satisfaction-politically- and then proceeded to upset the moral applecart by going off with Gabriel- under all gossip and supposition. And it was not until Isabella offered her life for Gabriel's in a middle European country that he realized it was for love and nothing else that she had followed him... Footnotes of social and political tensions of the pre-this-War years to accentuate a caste conscious affair, told with some velvet touches. Upper rentals- along with incurables.

Publisher: Rinehart