Just how honourable is Honor Trevannion?
It’s a question her family must consider when, on her deathbed, she begs her granddaughter Joss to find a cache of letters hidden for 50 years.
By the time the letters are traced, Honor has died and the family discover she is not the woman they thought her to be.
Her son Bruno, the only one who knows her secret, honours her for keeping the promise she
But was it honourable to perpetuate the deceit and insinuate herself into Paradise, Cornish home to generations of Trevannions, and to trick Bruno’s grandfather into leaving her his fortune?
And what about her daughter Emma, cheated of her own heritage? Not to mention Joss, who could lose her entitlement to the house she loves? And has Honor herself paid too high a price?
The Golden Cup is a heart-warming, but not soppy, exploration of the consequences of a single, well-intentioned lie. Author Marica Willett, (Birdcage and The Children’s Hour) explores Honor’s predicament without bias.
Sure there are faults – some of the characters are poorly drawn and the sub-plots involving Emma’s avaricious husband and Bruno’s feckless ex-wife feel a bit forced. But these are minor quibbles. It’s not great literature, but Willet is a cracking storyteller and I devoured The Golden Cup in a single afternoon. I’ll be putting a copy in a few Christmas stockings this year.
• Willet M (2005) The Golden Cup, Bantam Press, London. Price £12.49, 390 pages.