Brand-name queen of the saga Meg Hutchinson weaves a fictional spell with a heroine whose radiant intelligence and artistic talent will captivate readers.
Increasingly desperate poverty after her beloved father's suicide forces a crisis for Callista Stanford, for vicious rent collector Oswin Slade will accept only the girl's body in payment for the rent due. Repulsed by his advances, Callista postpones the evil day until it is too late. Homeless and destitute, Callista finds refuge with Abigail and Daniel Roberts, a kindly couple, potters by trade. Taught by her father to appreciate beauty, Callista proves to have a feeling for the clay and with Daniel's help comes to be mistress of the Leabrook Pottery. But there is no happy ending yet; an unseen enemy, a depraved woman, lurks in the shadows, intent on harm to the pauper's child.
Praise for THE DEVERELL WOMAN: 'Hutchinson knows how to spin a good yarn. One for those cold nights curled up in front of the fire.' - Birmingham Evening Mail
Praise for UNHOLY LOVE: 'A beautiful piece of imaginative living fiction.' - North Wales Chronicle
Praise for PEPPERCORN WOMAN: 'The mistress of simmering sagas gives us the story of another heroine, whose spirit and courage will entrance readers.' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Meg Hutchinson lived for sixty years in Wednesbury, where her parents and grandparents spent all their lives. Her passion for storytelling reaped dividends, with her novels regularly appearing in bestseller lists. She was the undisputed queen of the clogs and shawls saga. Passionate about history, her meticulous research provided an authentic context to the action-packed narratives set in the Black Country. She died in February 2010.