The Cook's Temptation: A Novel

The Cook's Temptation: A Novel

by Joyce Wayne


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The Cook's Temptation: A Novel by Joyce Wayne

Joyce Wayne brings to life the complexities of Victorian life, first in County Devon and then in London’s East End. The ‘big picture’ is about one woman’s life, class conflict, religious intolerance, suspicion and betrayal. The central figure is Cordelia, a strong-minded Jewish woman who is caught between her desire to be true to herself and her need to be accepted by English society.Cordelia Tilley is the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Anglican father. Her mother has groomed her for a life in English society while her father, a tough publican, has shown no tolerance for his wife’s social climbing or the conceits of their perspicacious daughter. Cordelia’s mother dies from typhoid fever, she tries to run the family ‘s establishment, she falls prey to a local industrialist, she gives birth to a son, she is tormented by her husband and his family. Finally, she is rescued by suffragette friends and sets off to start a new life in London.The Cook’s Temptation is about a woman who is unpredictable, both strong and weak willed, both kind and heinous, victim and criminal. It is a genuine Victorian saga, full of detail, twists and turns, memorable scenes, full of drama and pathos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771610452
Publisher: Mosaic Press
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joyce Wayne has an M.A. in English literature, she has taught journalism at Sheridan College, Oakville, ON for twenty-five years and she lives in Toronto, ON. She was a winner of the Diaspora Dialogues contest for fiction, she was awarded the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism, the co-writer of the documentary film, So Far From Home in 2010, a film about refugee journalists persecuted for their political views, and various of her other works have beenpublished in Parchment, Golden Horseshoe Anthology, Canadian Voices, TOK6.

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booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story mostly because I loved the heroine-Cordelia Tilley. I really enjoyed Cordelia and loved her very humanistic qualities. I could not help but cheer for Cordelia. I loved her strength and her vulnerability. The author did a wonderful job of making the characters feel real and the intrigue keep me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this story. It was a perfect balance of suspense, coming of age and Women Lit!