Friday, 17 June 2011
#131 (#67) - Not a Bird Will Sing ~ Audrey Howard
Poppy Appleton is taken from her squalid cottage at a very young age to live with the Farmer's Wife, Eliza Goodall, and become the dairy maid at Long Reach Farm. However, daughterless Eliza has formed a strong bond with the lovely child and brings her up to also be a lady and able to take over as Mistress of the farm one day.
When she was 14 she helped a runaway boy from the prison ship, Conn MacConnell, and fell completely in love with him. Once back on his feet he returns to his native Scotland to seek out his maternal Grandfather, promising to write to Poppy.
Many years later Eliza, on her death bed, makes Poppy promise to marry her son Richard. Having given up hope of ever hearing from Conn she agrees. A terrible accident on their wedding night leaves Richard paralysed and Poppy's life in tatters.
Poppy being what she is though picks herself up and carries on, but is completely unprepared for the effect that Conn's appearance back in her life brings. She is then torn between loyalty and a deep deep love for this man.
A 4 **** Star read, and well worth it, especially at 62p from ABE Books here in the UK.