In his fourth Black Country novel, Michael Taylor tells the story of Clover Beckitt, her family and their struggles to turn their home brew pub in Dudley, the Jolly Collier, into a thriving business.
Michael Taylor's fourth Black Country is the story of Clover Beckitt, her family and their struggles to turn their home brew pub in Dudley, the Jolly Collier, into a thriving business.
Clover is surprised when her mother announces that after fifteen years of widdowhood she is about to be married to a man younger than herself. All at once, Clover finds herself with not only a new 'Pop', Jake Tandy, but a new stepsister, Ramona, as well.
Despite her initial fears, all seems settled in the household. Clover is permitted more freedom because of the free rein afforded to her more outgoing stepsister, and new plans for the brewery promise to bring the family wealth and prosperity. When she finds love at her mother's wedding, Clover feels that things have turned out just right.
Then Jake's younger brother Elijah joins the business, and both Clover and Ramona find their lives changed forever.
POPPY SILK is a superior saga that happily avoids the usual melodrama, and in Poppy the author has created an appealing heroine who I couldn't help but root for. - The Historical Novels Review
A lovely Midlands tale which demonstrates Michael Taylor's extraordinary understanding of the female mind. - Coventry Evening Telegraph on POPPY SILK
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)