"Driving rain from a sky as dark as a dungeon swept across wheat fields and meadows while damp sheep sought refuge under sturdy English oaks. It lashed against the ancient, leaded windows as if it were a bo’sun with a cat o’ nine tails, and howled like a tormented soul through the bell tower."
Victorian England with its hypocritical mores, a poor orphan girl elevated to High Society where she learns how to be a 'Lady', a handsome and wealthy love interest and a dastardly baddie combine to make this Romatic Thriller a page turner that you won't put down. The road up from the gutter is long; the way back may be quicker unless Victoria can outwit her Nemesis and overcome her jealousy.
Victoria gazed around the vast, white-walled refectory of the place that had served as her home for the past sixteen years. She looked at the date board on the far wall that for the last two years had been her responsibility to chalk up daily.
Tuesday 24th June 1862
The date filled her with hope. Tomorrow she would be sixteen years of age and free of this orphanage. Free to make her way in the world. Free from the grip of Tweedale and his harridans. She would not miss this dark house. Deep in her heart, though, she felt a pang of sadness that she would be leaving many of her friends to the mercy of the regime. Not that any mercy was found within these walls. There was nothing she could do for the inmates now.
Fran Connor is British and lives in SW France with his wonderful wife Viv, their dog Molly and chickens. He claims he's living in that area for the lifestyle and weather which he says helps an author's creative juices. It may just be an excuse to drink wine and lounge in the sun. He writes novels, nine published so far with two more coming out soon.
In addition to novels, he also writes screenplays.
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