A very forgettable novel about a young English girl
forced into a marriage and a move to South Africa in order to escape a life of
poverty in Manchester. Set in the 1880s the book has an interesting sub plot
about the African diamond rush and the exploitation of the native African
workers but this is not properly explored.The main character, Frances, is silly and bland so the book is difficult
to truly engage with but it is an easy and inoffensive read.