During England's seventeenth-century civil war, Alinor, a woman without a husband and skilled with herbs, helps a young man on the run and unwittingly brings disaster into the heart of her life. - (Baker & Taylor)
Midsummer's Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches to every corner of the kingdom, even the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of posessing dark secrets in a suspicious country, Alinor's ambition and determination marks her out from her neighbors. But this is the time of witch-mania, when it is dangerous for a woman to be different.... - (Baker & Taylor)
In a tale set during England’s mid-17th-century civil war, an herbalist seeking to escape an abusive relationship is targeted by witchcraft mania in her tidelands community. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl. 250,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
This New York Times bestseller from &;one of the great storytellers of our time&; (San Francisco Book Review) turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, living in a dangerous time for a woman to be different.
A country at war
A king beheaded
A woman with a dangerous secret
On Midsummer&;s Eve, Alinor waits in the church graveyard, hoping to encounter the ghost of her missing husband and thus confirm his death. Until she can, she is neither maiden nor wife nor widow, living in a perilous limbo. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run. She shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marshy landscape of the Tidelands, not knowing she is leading a spy and an enemy into her life.
England is in the grip of a bloody civil war that reaches into the most remote parts of the kingdom. Alinor&;s suspicious neighbors are watching each other for any sign that someone might be disloyal to the new parliament, and Alinor&;s ambition and determination mark her as a woman who doesn&;t follow the rules. They have always whispered about the sinister power of Alinor&;s beauty, but the secrets they don&;t know about her and James are far more damning. This is the time of witch-mania, and if the villagers discover the truth, they could take matters into their own hands.
&;This is Gregory par excellence&; (Kirkus Reviews). &;Fans of Gregory&;s works and of historicals in general will delight in this page-turning tale&; (Library Journal, starred review) that is &;superb&; A searing portrait of a woman that resonates across the ages&; (People). - (Simon and Schuster)