After the death of their patriarch, and a devastating fever that killed all but two of the children, the surviving Reece family, Mrs. Reece, Wolfgang, and Oscar, are left with just the vast property their family had owned for generations. Despite their poor financial situation, the family happily agreed to take in Judith Wynne, the nineteen-year-old daughter of a colonel. Because of his career, her father left Judith in the care of her aunt and uncle, though he was reluctant to do so because of their differing religious beliefs.
After the death of her aunt, the colonel did not want Judith to stay with her uncle, so he requested the help of his old friend, Mrs. Reece. The Reece’s were happy to accommodate. Though it is a big adjustment for everyone involved, Judith slowly integrates herself into the family’s routine. She gets along well with Mrs. Reece, and becomes close with the younger son, Oscar. As Judith and Oscar grow to be good friends, Wolfgang, the oldest brother and head of the house, sees a new opportunity.
Knowing that Judith will soon inherit a good amount of money, Wolfgang tries to subtly set Oscar and Judith up to be married. When Oscar goes away for school, Wolfgang uses the opportunity to advocate his brother, despite the fact that Oscar did not consent to it. However, as Wolfgang spends more time with Judith, he begins to realize how futile his efforts are, especially as his own conflicting feelings for Judith grow.
Separated into three volumes, Catherine Louisa Pirkis’ Judith Wynne is a masterful slow-burn romance that explores themes of family, class, and pride. First published in 1884, Judith Wynne continues to capture the hearts of modern readers with its memorable characters, descriptive language, and moving love story. This edition of Judith Wynne by Catherine Louisa Pirkis features a new, eye-catching cover design and is printed in an easy-to-read font. With these accommodations, Judith Wynne caters to a modern audience while preserving the original beauty of Catherine Louisa Pirkis’ work.