There’s no slavery in the Yorkshire Dales, not in 1887, not ever. But some families use artful schemes to enslave the innocent. Twenty nine year-old Tizzie is such an innocent. She was taught to love her family and has worked herself down to skin & bones as a dairymaid on the farm of her dear brother, Jack, his Scottish wife, Maggie, their three sons & one daughter, Agnes. Simple, but not stupid, innocent but not devious, Tizzie is expert at many things, though not in spotting conniving entrapment.
Tizzie longs to see that young Agnes will not suffer her spinster fate. In trying to help Agnes gain an education & avoid a life of drudgery in their male-dominated world, Tizzie begins to suspect & then uncover Jack & Maggie’s treachery, & the family’s plots to enslave & use up Agnes too. With only her wits to guide her, Tizzie tries to right years of wrongs & set Agnes free.
p.d.r. lindsay wrote her first ‘novel’ aged seven, an attempt to persuade her parents to buy her a pony. It didn’t work, but she’d discovered that writing and reading were an escape from her unloving mother, tormenting brother and devious sister. She could create people who loved her and wonderful imaginative places to escape to. Poetry became her first love, then plays and finally stories from her adult imagination for herself and adult readers.
p.d.r. lindsay prefers historical stories for novels because she finds she can say things to readers in historical settings which readers might not accept in modern settings. She is concerned that certain social issues make repeat appearances over the centuries and likes her readers to think about those situations the characters find themselves in whilst enjoying their company. She also loves to travel and find unusual settings for her stories, and then waits for the characters to start ‘talking’ to her. After much research her stories then begin.
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