Marie Corelli was born in England. She was the illegitimate daughter of the Scottish poet Charles Mackey and his servant. Marie was sent to a Parisian convent for her education. Her Victorian romances have been compared to those of Jaqueline Suzann. Thelma is a sweet and tender love story, which must have thrilled the closet Victorian woman readers of romance vels. Thelma is loved by a gentleman who takes her away from Norway. She is also loved by her father's man who sacrifices his life for her. Her husband's friend is also secretly in love with her. When Thelma dies her daughter ends up marrying one of these men. You will have to read the book to find out which one she marries.