• "A love story that is both persuasive and tender"

    The Sunday Times
  • "An extraordinary book . . . as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable"

  • "A description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances"

    Daily Mail
  • "It is not only the plot that it so compelling . . . What makes this wonderful novel stand out is the cast of emotionally fragile characters, all of whom inspire tremendous sympathy in the reader"

    Daily Express
  • "A moving tale . . . prepare to weep"

    New York Times