It is the year 1903 and Eleanor, the Duchess of Darnsworth, is the envy of many—a beautiful and sophisticated woman, happily married mother of three, well-respected lady of society and an accomplished horse-breeder. But beneath the perfect surface lurks the memory of a tragic loss that haunts Eleanor’s every waking moment.
On a visit to Vienna, she encounters the independent-minded and strong-willed Countess Sophie von Hagendorf, who, with her academic pursuits and unconventional lifestyle, has chosen to break through the rigid confines society has set out for her. She, too, has had to create a façade towards the world as loss and a fateful accident have left their scars.
Sophie’s brusque manners both exasperate and intrigue the Duchess, but with closer acquaintance, the two women discover a sympathy beyond anything expected and the prospect of a love that could redeem them both…but can they forge a relationship in European society?
“[T]his is an amazing read—with complex characters—set in a beautiful Vienna of the early 1900s. If you enjoy a great love story with plot and a range of emotions, then this is your book. Thanks, Edith, for a terrific first novel.” ~CA Farlow, author of The Nexus Series and The Paris Contagion
“Cosy lesbian romance with many sympathetic characters you’d want to meet in real life. A perfect read for a rainy day.” ~Karmen Špiljak, author of A Perfect Flaw and Add Cyanide to Taste: A Collection of Dark Tales with Culinary Twists
“Fractures and Hinges is a beautiful story of two noblewomen finding love after heartbreak.” ~Jazzy Mitchell, author of Leveling Up, You Matter, and Undertow