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By Noel O’Reilly (Harlequin HQ £14.99)
A historical drama of secrets, shipwrecks and superstition, this is a thoroughly gripping tale of injustice set amidst Cornwall’s dark past.
Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorveon. As the sea washes the bodies of the drowned on to the beach it also brings treasures: barrels of liquor and exotic fruit. Villagers pile the spoils into carts and baskets, keeping their heads low and their knowledge to their selves. Mary Blight arrives too late to find much of worth. Desperately poor, any small token will make a big difference to her life. But there are eyes everywhere and her small prize gives others a chance to use this information against her.
When a new Methodist minister Gideon Stone arrives from Newlyn, half-dead from the sea, he is rescued from drowning by Mary. As he recovers, Gideon sees her action as evidence of the power people have over their lives. Desperate to rid the village of superstition he marks her out for praise. But some of her neighbours would prefer the new minister favours more gentile young women.
Gideon isn’t all he seems and has secrets of his own so when Mary’s enemies look to move against her, will anyone be able to protect her?