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Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
1898 Yorkshire – Aurora Pettigrew has it all, a loving family, a nice home, a comfortable life. She’s waiting for the right man to offer her marriage, and the man for her is Reid Sinclair, heir to the Sinclair fortune and the love of her life. But, Reid’s mother, Julia, is against the match and her ruthlessness unearths a family secret that will tear Aurora’s world apart. Unwilling to bring shame on her family and needing answers to the allegations brought to light by Reid’s mother, Aurora begins a long journey away from home. She leaves behind all that is familiar and safe to enter a world of mean streets and poor working class. Living in the tenements of York, surrounded by people of a class she’d never mixed with before, Aurora struggles to come to terms with the way her life has changed. By chance, she reconnects with a man from her past and before he leaves with the army to war in South Africa, he offers her security through marriage. Aurora knows she should be happy, but the memory of her love for Reid threatens her future. When tragedy strikes, can Aurora find the strength to accept her life and forget the past?
REVIEWED BY ANITA
Whenever I read a new Anne Brear book, I always doubt if she could make her main character as engaging and compelling as her last, and I am always proved wrong – Anne Brear always delivers. Aurora Pettigrew is a true heroine, feisty, and not afraid to take on the challenges of working class York in an age where women are little more than workhorses, she is determined to find her own way and not rely on the promises of a man she doubts. The descriptions of life in the mean streets is gritty and authentic and the story always manages to surprise with its twists and turns.
I loved to hate the manipulative Julia, Reid’s mother who is determined not to allow her son to marry Aurora, and isn’t afraid to use any means to achieve her aim, even if it means breaking Aurora’, and her son’s heart.
Aurora makes a mistake, but she isn’t afraid to take the consequences and she goes looking for her lost relative in an unexpected place, but undaunted, she rolls up her sleeves and dives into a murky world where work means backbreaking exhaustion and health cannot be taken for granted.
Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ is being published by Claymore Books in 2013