Set in 19th century Dudley, this is a story of a love affair between a lock-keeper's son and a canal-boat owner's daughter. Their marriage should be made in heaven - but they encounter some surprising obstacles.
Algie Stokes, the only son of a lockkeeper, has ambition and ideas enough to make his way honestly in the world. To begin, there is one girl in his life, Harriet Meese, plain but a very good catch. Then he meets Marigold Bingham, the exact opposite, astonishingly pretty and adorable, but resigned to living and working in poverty with her family on a canal boat.
Yet it is a love match . . . until he meets Aurelia, elegant, sensitive and utterly beautiful but, unhappily, the wife of Algie's callous employer, Benjamin Sampson.
There are two other women in Algie's life: his mother, devoted wife of Will Stokes, a beauty of her generation; and Kate, his flighty, ambitious sister. Kate loves only herself and has her own ideas of how to make her mark, with disastrous consequences for everybody.
Always in the background is the enigmatic Murdoch Osborne, widower, established local trader, amateur thespian, ladies' man, and old enough to be Algie's father . . .
'It's about time a man wrote romantic fiction - Michael Taylor does it superbly.' Edwina Currie
It's about time a man wrote romantic fiction - Michael Taylor does it superbly. - Edwina Currie
Michael Taylor has returned...to prove that men can write romantic sagas too. - Sunday Mercury on THE LOVE MATCH
Love Songs is Michael Taylor's best story yet. - Bolton Evening News
A gripping story that tests the emotions. - Nuneaton Evening Telegraph (Heart's Desire)