The Story So Far

The People's Friend - - Serial -

The Bell Inn on the Lan­cashire coast is home to the MAC­GRE­GOR fam­ily. SANDY runs the inn with his wife ETHEL and daugh­ters AMARYL­LIS, DOR­CAS and BETSY.

ADAM WHIT­LOCK has re­turned home to Had­don­sell Grange from work­ing in In­dia to deal with his fam­ily’s af­fairs.

Adam’s sis­ter PENE­LOPE has a friend stay­ing at the Grange, LY­DIA, who is des­per­ately seek­ing a hus­band be­fore her fa­ther forces her to marry some­one of his choos­ing.

SI­MON BALD­WIN has re­turned from Liver­pool and set his sights on Amaryl­lis, much to her friend NOAH’S cha­grin.

KIT CH­ESTER­TON is in­volved with canal con­struc­tion at nearby Aken­side. Orig­i­nally from Ja­maica, Kit won­ders if Sandy is his fa­ther, af­ter find­ing let­ters ad­dressed to some­one called MA­RI­ETTA in his adop­tive mother’s ef­fects.

The cou­ple had a child called CHRISTO­PHER, Kit’s given name. He also found a St Christo­pher medal­lion, which Amaryl­lis no­tices is iden­ti­cal to one Sandy owns.

Kit con­fides in Pene­lope, and she con­vinces him to speak to Sandy . . .

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