This is a romantic novel written when the british empire was still strong and in eveyone's mind
. The style and pace reflects this, but, written by a master, it tells a tale of love, jealosy, intreague, power struggles, and eventually murdelr. As in so many tales of this genre, there is a happy and slightly surprising finale, all in a land of mistery, on an island at the far flung edges of the empire. First read by me over 40 years ago, I still re-visit the island from time to time with the same enjoyment as the first reading.