I just finished reading The Making of A Marchioness by H. Burnett, the writer of Secret Garden one of her best known books. I must have started it well over a year ago, read Part 1; which I totally enjoyed but could see that Part 2 was darker and put it down.
Now I’ve finished it would not rate as one of my best reads, but it is a good read. It’s one on the Persephone list.
When I read a little bit about her life , I could see how it did play into her writing. An abusive husband her wish to live a certain life style, moving up in the world, her details in what was worn.