The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

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After a separation of many years, Emile "Fido" Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London. Much has changed; Helen is more and more unhappy in her marriage to the older Vice-Admiral Codrington, while Fido has become a successful woman of business and a pioneer in the British woman's Movement. But, for all her independence of mind Fido is to trusting of her once-dear companion and finds herself drawn into aiding Helen's obsessive affair with a young army officer. 

When the vice admiral seizes the children and sues for divorce, the woman's friendship unravels a mid accusations of adultery and counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, as well as a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life...

Based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington divorce, The Sealed Letter full of sparkling characters and wicked dialog, is a thought-provoking mystery and gripping drama of friends, lovers and marriage.