'Original and evocative - a born storyteller' Trisha Ashley.
'Elizabeth Gill writes with a masterful grasp of conflicts and passions hidden among men and women of the wild North Country' Leah Fleming.
'An enthralling and satisfying novel that will leave you wanting more' Catherine King.
From the Back Cover
1906. Emma Appleby's arrival in the County Durham village of Tow Law is sudden and mysterious. The locals are deeply suspicious, and the fact she has a child with her, seemingly out of marriage, means they want nothing to do with her - except for publican Mick Castle. His marriage to Isabel is deeply troubled and his daughter Connie is running wild, and Emma offers him a lifeline. As Emma opens her Academy, to help children such as Connie, she is met with a savage response from the community. But she will not be deterred - even when her past catches up with her, and Mick is forced to choose between family and love.