Quicksilver Lady by Barbara Whitehead (book cover)

Quicksilver Lady (Heinemann 1979)

Quicksilver Lady is Whitehead's second novel. It has all the charm and descriptive power that typifies Whitehead's work. The characters have 'real blood' in their veins.

The lady is a girl from the provinces called Arabella Hill, who persuades her married sister Caroline to take her to spend a winter in London so that she can sample the pleasures of the capital. Against a background of the pleasure-seaking world of fashionable Regency life the romantic escapades of an impetuous, warm-hearted young woman suddenly become a real test of her constancy of character.

This is a sparkling novel of sentimental intrigue written with the same loving attention to domestic detail that was such a feature of Barbara Whitehead's first novel, The Caretaker Wife.