Revenge - Anne Willingale (Paperback) 28-04-2019
1790. Widowed without income, Martha Tilby is forced by the hunger of her five children to find work or face the workhouse. Fortune smiles down when she finds work for herself and her son in the fields of Tate Farm, where she meets the rugged and aloof Andrew Tate and his family. When Martha falls behind on the rent, she can't understand why Barney Beemer, the rent collector, hasn't thrown them out... until she finds bruises on her younger daughter Nona. Out of character, Martha takes a mother's revenge but soon realizes that Beemer is not a forgiving man. To escape him, she takes her remaining children to London where she hides in the dark labyrinth of the East End's narrow lanes and alley ways. But is she safe there from Beemer's revenge? Emma, Martha's eldest daughter, finds employment at Claydon House. But it is soon obvious to Emma that the staff live in fear of their cold calculating Mistress, that the Master is conspicuously absent and that the last maid has left without saying why. And even more peculiar yet, who is the strange man in the forest that gifts her a piece of silver - one which will soon cost two people their lives?