Set in Northern England in the late 1800’s, widowed farmer Hector Stewart decides to marry Irishwoman Moira Conelly but here’s the rub – he thinks she’s coming into money and she thinks he’s much better off than he truly is. Nor does Moira realize at first she’s married a drunken, womanizing wastrel on the edge of running the farm into the ground. Nevertheless, Moira has a secret or two of her own and she does her best to make the best of it, which includes an ever growing brood of children.
Hector’s debts and drinking continue to drag down the family’s livelihood, until a fatal accident changes all their lives – but it forever binds Daniel to the land and Moira’s children. Will Daniel ever be able to break free and claim the woman he loves? Does Frances really love him or is she just looking for the best free ride life can hand her? Will Daniel ever wake up and smell the coffee and see the woman who has loved him for years? Inquiring minds want to know….
While this isn’t the fasted paced, page turning, action packed book you’re likely to come across I enjoyed it a great deal and definitely plan on seeking out more from the author – and at about 100 novels she should keep me very busy for quite some time. This is the kind of feel-good comfort book that’s perfect for snuggling up with on a rainy day or a wintry afternoon. 4/5 stars.