A Woman Possessed
By Malcolm Macdonald
Published: December 14, 2013.
Beware the return of ex-lovers. “Dormant” is not the same as “dead.”
They all thought Laura had got over her childhood love for ne'er-do-well Maurice Pettifer when she married solid, dependable Giles Curnow. They all thought Maurice died in South Africa, too – until, one evening in 1902, he turns up again, rich, unmarried, and determined to buy the neighbouring property to the Curnows.