Meg Hutchinson's twentieth novel sweeps from the collieries of the Black Country to the sugar-scented islands of the Caribbean as it tells the story of a young woman who must suffer many violent wrongs before being saved by her own virtue, and by the love of a good man.
When her selfish, flighty sister leaves home to become the wife of a wealthy sugar plantation owner, Alyssa becomes solely responsible for her poor, deranged mother as well as for Thea's bastard son. Viciously raped, then thrown out of the family home, the girl goes on the run, fleeing her cruel rapist.
Alyssa's journey is a perilous one. It will take her far from the Black Country to the wild shores of the Caribbean and put her in the path of evil men determined to despoil the young girl. For the palm-fringed island of Jamaica is home to a pernicious trade: white slavery...
The mistress of simmering sagas. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph on The Peppercorn Woman
Hutchinson knows how to spin a good yarn. One for those cold nights curled up in front of the fire. - Birmingham Evening Mail on The Deverell Woman
Will enthral, enchant and delight. - Shropshire Review on Ties of Love
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.