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An immersive and compelling novel that explores the struggle by two women, divided across centuries, for control over their lives, set against a beautiful historical backdrop.


‘An echo of Daphne du Maurier’ Independent


Yorkshire, 1890. Having lost her father and brothers in tragic circumstances, Olwen Malkon is forced to leave her childhood home to live with her uncle’s family. In his chill vicarage, however, she fears that she is also losing her mind, as strange dreams take her into the life of Ælfwyn, a woman from a distant past whose fate is overshadowed by menace and betrayal.

In the grip of these afflictions, Olwen finds sympathy with the local doctor, John Osbourne, who is intrigued by her case. Suspecting darker undercurrents are at work, John comes into conflict with Olwen’s family, who dismiss her as a hysteric and, when he seeks to protect her, with the law.

As the dreams intensify, danger awaits them both. But when they begin to mirror reality, she and John start to suspect that it is these visions of the past which hold the answers . . .

Reviews

Praise for Sarah Maine:
An echo of Daphne du Maurier
Independent
Maine writes beautifully about the wilderness
The Times
Maine reworks the conventions of historical romance in a narrative that regularly undercuts expectations of what is to come
Sunday Times
Worth reading for its occasional streaks of brilliance and insight
Telegraph India