A classic story of marriage for prosperity and identity rather than love and all the problems that brings is well defined in this excellently written novel.
Charlotte Booth enjoys a life in her father’s farm but when a prosperous-looking newcomer makes advances she feels it would be an upward move for the better; after all he’s the new owner of a mill and a mansion.
But life doesn’t go well for the young woman who discovers her husband is not as prosperous as he appears to be, and is a man who demands that everyone does what he wants.
But as the Leeds-born author, herself raised on a Yorkshire Dales farm, introduces a series of twists and turns, the story is given a more challenging appeal.
A fast-paced tale with plenty of pathos and contrasts, it has all the making of the first in a series. I can’t wait for author’s verdict on a sequel.
The Mistress of Windfell Manor By Diane Allen
Pan, Paperback, £6.99