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The Bequest by John de Falbe
The Bequest is John de Falbe's fictionalized account of the lives of his grandparents. Captain Frederik Ziege of the Royal Danish Navy meets Emmeline Leslie, the widow of an Australian rancher, while they were both on holiday in Genoa. Ziege was 40 and feeling the pressure to settle down with a family. After a couple children are born, Ziege is diagnosed with consumption and the family moves about the world trying to find a healthy place for him to live. The Bequest is a journey through a family's history as well as the 19th century. John de Falbe's novel has received mixed reviews. The Spectator says, "[H]e does give a sense of a charmed lost world where there is a wonderful religious faith, acceptance of incurable illness and the shortness of life, and people with a talent for married love."