The Rector's Daughter by Flora MacDonald Mayor
'On the whole she was happy. She did not question the destiny life brought her. People spoke pityingly of her, but she did not feel she required pity.'
'The tempests of life can die down as though they had never been.'
'Life is meant for experience; that's the thing that counts.'
In Three Words: compelling, sorrowful, unexpected
Read this review by Book Snob (basically everything I want to say put so eloquently)
I have Susan Hill's Howards End is on the Landing to thank for the recommendation. Shortly after reading Hill's literary memoir I stumbled upon this lovely second hand edition at the Southbank Book Market and knew I had to have it. I love serendipity.
Have you read this neglected classic?