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A woman and her money... soon parted?,
This review is from: MISS MACKENZIE [ANNOTATED] (Kindle Edition)
When an author announces that his book opens with "details which will be dull in the telling", the reader's heart sinks a little. I must admit that I was not thrilled with all the scene-setting that was necessary before Miss Mackenzie's story becomes interesting, and I was even further into the book before it was clear where the story was going.
Miss Mackenzie is not beautiful and she is not young, so (regardless of her personal inclinations) her story is not about romance but about the practicalities of daily living for a single woman in her thirties who finds herself with an inheritance. Suddenly she has suitors. Which of them, if any, can she trust? Which of them will turn out to be the most vicious of the bunch, and make her life a misery?
The story takes a long time to get started, and the ending is as prosaic as a plate of porridge, but somewhere along the way I grew to like Miss Mackenzie and to care what happened to her. It's not surprising that this is not one of Trollope's best-loved books, but if you care about the way people lived in the mid-19th century - especially women with nothing much going for them but a bit of money - you could get unexpectedly absorbed.