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1850: Beatrix Fawcett is just 18 when her father tells her she is to marry a stranger. Hesitant, but with little choice, she agrees to the match - with hope for a good husband in Charles, and the surprising delight of a lovely Yorkshire house in which they are to live. 

As Beatrix sets to making the house a home, she falls in love with it and the countryside nearby. But she does not fall in love with her husband...It's clear Charles has chosen her simply to meet the requirements of his inheritance and has little interest in his young wife.

Soon, the only spark in Beatrix's lonely life is her beloved children. But when Charles threatens to take them away from her, Beatrix must find strength in desperate times. Can she fight against her circumstances and keep what is rightfully hers?

A powerful story about a woman's struggle in a loveless marriage, from the Sunday Times best-selling author Val Wood.

©2020 Val Wood (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Jason Moore
  • 15-02-21

Simply Fabulous

Val Wood is one of my very favourite authors and the pairing of her and Anne Dover is perfect. This story was full of twists and turns, full of history and quite emotional. I truly didn't want it to end and would love to read a sequel.

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  • Jan
  • 22-01-21

A wonderful read!

Amazing story, fabulous details, well read, interesting and romantic, ten out of ten. Lovely character's.

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  • Melvynswife
  • 23-01-21

Great Read

I love Val woods books Shes a great writer , always a very good story and her character’ s come to life this one hasn’t disappointed me I would recommend “ The Lonely Wife “

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-21

Amazing

Really great book, kept me on edge and loads of unexpected turns. Would absolutely love a sequel !

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  • barbara
  • 08-04-21

A Brilliant Story

From the beginning to the end of this story I couldn’t stop listening. Val Wood, please write another book letting your readers know what happened in the lives of all the characters - I can’t wait! Anne Dover, I will say again, what a brilliant narrator you are. You made the story so enjoyable - thank you. !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-21

A fantastic listen

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't want it to end. I want to know what happens next.

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  • Joan A
  • 15-05-21

Unexpected outcome

A good easy listening, with a twist in the tale. Val Wood done it again.

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  • Idadown
  • 20-02-21

Good story of a strong woman.

After a slow start it develops into an intereseting story which then suddenly stops. I wish it would have continued. Enjoyed it very much. Perhaps a continuation of this good story in another book would be good. I would like to read what happens after the end of the book.