Ribbon of the River
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Genre: Historical Fiction. Format: Multiple. Views: This Week 11, Total 142.
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Early in the 19th century Lizzie is traumatised by the loss of her entire family in a devastating house fire. Initially taken in and cared for by Dorothea Fothergill, an elderly neighbour, she is later dispatched from her native Herefordshire to an employer in Yorkshire, leaving behind everything she knows and loves.
Keeping house for Mr Fothergill, Lizzie’s life is comfortable but unrewarding. She overhears Mr Fothergill explaining to one of the village men, Reuben Webster, that he has received an inheritance of a cottage and flock of sheep, on condition that he takes a wife. Lizzie realises dreams of her own home and family could come true if she was Reuben’s wife.
She sets out to be seductive and attract his attention but her life turns out to be one of mishap and trauma, putting not only her happiness but also her life at risk.
Can Lizzie triumph over adversity and find happiness and fulfilment?