A highly commendable historical romance, set in the time of the Irish famine. Ageless, compelling. Although I read it while savouring the sultry sands and glorious warmth of a distracting Kenyan beach, at every page I was transported back in time to sorely troubled Ireland. Poor, helpless Mary, confined within the clutches of her cruel husband, while her true love languished in the BLack Dog - a vile dungeon. She'd married the wrong brother. Thoroughly satisfying, well-written traditional historical fiction at its best. I look forward to reading the next in line of John Jackson's rendering of the antics of his ancestors.