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Anny Woodvine's family has worked at the ironworks for as long as she can remember. The brightest child in her road, Anny has big dreams. So, when she is asked to run messages for the King family, she grabs the opportunity with both hands.
Margaret King is surrounded by privilege and wealth. But behind closed doors, nothing is what it seems. When Anny arrives, Margaret finds her first ally and friend. Together they plan to change their lives.
But as disaster looms over the ironworks, Margaret and Anny find themselves surrounded by secrets and betrayal. Can they hold true to each other and overcome their fate? Or are they destined to repeat the mistakes of the past?
I was drawn to this book because it’s set in an area I’m fond of, the Ironbridge Gorge. It’s the first book in a family saga and I’ll certainly be in the queue to read the others. There are plenty of characters, both appealing and nasty, in a busy and active story line. The writing flows beautifully and there’s lots of tension and many difficulties for the two friends, Anny and Margaret, separated as they are by class and wealth, as the story unfolds. I enjoyed it very much.
About the author
Rebecca Mascull is the author of three historical novels and also writes saga fiction under the pen-name Mollie Walton.
She is currently hard at work on her next trilogy of historical fiction, The Ironbridge Saga. These will be published under the name of Mollie Walton and the first book in the series is set in the dangerous world of the iron industry: THE DAUGHTERS OF IRONBRIDGE.
Her first novel THE VISITORS (2014) tells the story of Adeliza Golding, a deaf-blind child living on her father's hop farm in Victorian Kent. Her second novel SONG OF THE SEA MAID (2015) is set in the C18th and concerns an orphan girl who becomes a scientist and makes a remarkable discovery. Her third novel, THE WILD AIR (2017) is about a shy Edwardian girl who learns to fly and becomes a celebrated aviatrix but the shadow of war is looming. All are published by Hodder & Stoughton.
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