The Cook's Temptation : A Novel
This is a genuine Victorian saga, full of twists and turns that bring to life the complexities of life in County Devon and then Londons East End. The story follows the journey of central figure Cordelia as she struggles against class conflict, religious intolerance, suspicion and betrayal. Cordelia Tilley is the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Anglican father, and she finds herself caught between her desire to be true to herself and her need to be accepted by English society . Her mother has groomed her for a life in English society, while her father, a tough publican, shows no tolerance for his wifes social climbing or the conceits of their perspicacious daughter. When Cordelias mother dies from typhoid fever, she tries to run the familys establishment but soon falls prey to a local industrialist. Giving birth to a son, she is tormented by her husband and his family. Finally, she finds liberation via suffragette friends and sets off to start a new life. Historical fiction at its best, this is an astonishing chronicle of a Victorian womans unpredictable struggle to overcome inequality and hardship to forge her independence.
- Paperback | 248 pages
- 155 x 230 x 22.86mm | 326g
- 28 Feb 2014
- Mosaic Press
- Ontario, Canada
About Joyce Wayne
Joyce Wayne has an M.A . in English literature and has taught journalism at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario for twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto, ON. She is the recipient of numerous awards including being the winner of the Diaspora Dialogues contest for fiction and the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism. She is the co-writer of the documentary film, So Far From Home in 2010, a film about refugee journalists persecuted for their political views, and various of her other works have been published in Parchment, Golden Horseshoe Anthology, Canadian Voices and TOK6 .