The first novel in the trilogy which continues with Creature Comforts and Hearts of Gold, set in Fife from 1814 into the Victorian era.
One November night, highlander Gaddy Patterson strays into the staid lowland parish of Balnesmoor, and stumbles on a dead girl and her baby. Gaddy struggles to scrape a living for herself and the child, and in her struggle against the hatred of the village, she uncovers their long-hidden secrets.
Praise for the trilogy:
'Stirling skilfully offers her readers a story rich with believable characters and colourful settings.' Best Sellers
'Beautifully written - full of the harsh realities and traditional relationships shaping life in early 19th-century Scotland. Highly recommended.' Library Journal
Jessica Stirling's high reputation is well deserved. - Manchester Evening News
She writes in bright colours with bold, confident strokes. - Glasgow Herald
Jessica Stirling is one of Scotland's most prolific and best-loved authors. - Scottish Daily Record
One of the best. - Bookseller