“A solidly researched yet compellingly readable biography of a woman too often defined by one episode in her fascinating life. Anne Jordan reveals Lady Colin Campbell as a complex individual, a pioneering sportswoman and successful journalist, a figure of considerable interest to anyone interested in the intricacies of women's lives in Victorian Britain, for far more reasons than merely her moment of notoriety as the central figure in a particularly sordid Victorian divorce case.”
Lesley Hall, Archivist & Historian
“An important biography of this historical and colorful figure.”
Bruce Henderson, 1 New York Times Bestselling Author
5-star Amazon.co.uk review:
"Anne Jordan's book on this fascinating fin-de-siecle enigma is extremely well-researched and lovingly put together, clearly a product of many years of determined study.
The subject herself is enough to make a very interesting read. Previously almost unknown, despite the scandal and infamy of her heyday, Lady Colin Campbell lived a life which could have come straight out of a novel. Jordan's detailed biography, however, carves the reality from the sources which remain with perseverance and creativity. The personality of both the subject and the author shine through, and thus the book is easy to read and engaging. Overall, Love Well The Hour more than does what it intends in giving Lady Colin Campbell a voice a century after her death, and is a treat for all, even those with the most casual of interests in the period."
5-star Amazon.com review:
"This is the fascinating story, well told by Anne Jordan, of 'the dark and dashing' lady who arrests the eye in her portrait, by Boldini, in London's National Portrait Gallery (featured on the cover). There was so much more to Lady Colin Campbell than her beauty. How she overcame a disastrous and health-threatening marriage and lurid divorce, and pulled herself back up through her writing which introduced her to new friends - Whistler, George Bernard Shaw, Henry James - is both inspiring and at the same time remarkable for the time. I'm so glad to have 'the story' behind 'the look.'"