A powerful tale of bitter revenge and sweet retribution from the author of Women of Iron.
Mariah Bowes thinks that being alone and penniless is the worst thing that can happen to her, but then she becomes the innocent victim of a horrifying act of revenge.
Daniel Thorpe is consumed with guilt, it's his fault that Mariah endured such a terrible punishment, he'd never realised the terrible consequences his affair with the beautiful Lily would bring. Will he ever convince Mariah to trust him again
But for Mariah there are further horrors to face, truths to uncover. Not least the terrible secret that her father, Ezekiel Bowes, successful iron master and respectable member of the community, is determined no one will ever discover.
A wonderfully told story of pain and passion - a mix of tradition and breathtaking insight into her characters - Helen Lederer, RNA judge
A powerful tale . . . King superbly evokes time and place in this good old-fashioned, page-turning story of one woman's brave battle for survival - Lancashire Evening Post
Victorian drama at its best . . . Enjoy the well-rounded characters and gritty storylines, but keep a hanky ready! - Bradford Telegraph
Catherine King was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. A search for her roots - her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all worked with coal, steel or iron - and an interest in local industrial history provide inspiration for her stories. She is the author of many gritty saga novels, most recently A Sister's Courage. This is Catherine's second digital exclusive short story. Her first, Stolen Passion, has been a huge hit with her readers and has attracted numerous five-star reviews.