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From the author of the acclaimed debut THE LEGACY comes a compelling tale of love, deception and illusion.

England, 1911. When a free-spirited young woman arrives in a sleepy Berkshire village to work as a maid in the household of The Reverend and Mrs Canning, she sets in motion a chain of events which changes all their lives. For Cat has a past – a past her new mistress is willing to overlook, but will never understand . . .

Then her husband invites a young man into their home, he brings with him a dangerous obsession . . .

During the long, oppressive summer, the rectory becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy – with the most devastating consequences.

Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb’s sweeping historical dramas:



‘An enormously talented writer’ Santa Montefiore

‘Webb have a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love’ Kate Williams

‘Katherine Webb’s writing is beautiful’ Elizabeth Fremantle

‘A truly gifted writer of historical fiction’ Lucinda Riley

‘Katherine’s writing is rich, vivid and evocative’ Iona Grey