I had never heard of Violet Trefusis but fans of Vita Sackville-West may well be familiar with her name. She was Vita's lover and their affair caused a great scandal at the time. Violet Trefusis was trilingual - and this is already evident in the use of French and Italian expressions in this novel - and had novels published both in English and French. She appears to have been very popular and very much a creature of society, something perhaps inherited from her mother (Alice Keppel) who was Edward VII's mistress and a prominent lady in Edwardian society. So, Violet Trefusis seems to have been quite a colourful character not shy of causing a ripple or two in the calm waters of genteel Society. I hope that I shall be entertained by my choice!