ISBN 9780140434224 | 528 pages | 01 Jun 1997 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Available again, Elizabeth Gaskell's only historical novela poignant, unforgettable tale of unrequited love in a time of strife
A was powerfully moving novel of a young woman caught between the attractions of two very different men, Sylvia’s Lovers is set in the 1790s in an English seaside town. England is at war with France, and press-gangs wreak havoc by seizing young men for service. One of their victims is a whaling harpooner named Charley Kinraid, whose charm and vivacity have captured the heart of Sylvia Robson. But Sylvia’s devoted cousin, Philip Hepburn, hopes to marry her himself and, in order to win her, deliberately withholds crucial information—with devastating consequences.