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Summary

Yorkshire Dales, 1850.

As a terrible storm rages, Annabelle Wallis is shocked to find a distressed young woman at her cottage door, heavy with child. Moments later a baby girl is born. But by dawn, the mother has vanished, leaving behind the helpless child wrapped only in a silk peacock shawl.

When news spreads that Lady Eliza Hartley, sister to wealthy estate owner John Hartley, has been found dead, Annabelle realises the terrible secret she has stumbled on. Terrified she’ll be blamed for Eliza’s death, Annabelle flees to the filthy slums of York, where she plans to raise the precious orphan as her own.

The cobbled streets of York’s slums are no place for a young woman like Annabelle or a Hartley babe, and John Hartley is determined to bring them both home. But Annabelle proves impossible to find.

Annabelle can’t hide forever from the wealthy Hartley family, but can she ever give up the baby she loves?

©2022 AnneMarie Brear (P)2022 Boldwood Books

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Brilliant

A wonderful story, enjoyed from the first chapter to the end and read beautifully by Anne Dover. I hope tat there will be another book written by AnneMarie Brear telling how the lives of the characters turn out. I really enjoy listening about the locations where the stories are written about.

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Lovely story.

Enjoyed this book so much. Once more, a story about the class divide. Very well written and described. I was right there in the scene.
Couldn’t stop listening. Will certainly read her books again.
Anne Dover is ‘THE BEST’ narrator. It is unbelievable that all these voices are by one person. She covers male, female, children, young and old with perfection!!!

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this book COULDNT stop listening to it
love the Way Ann Dover narrates it

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Addictive listening.

Easy to follow, most enjoyable and a relaxing voice to listen to. Always a enjoyable story line from this author.

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The remaining one hour and sixteen minutes are missing , I would like to have finished the book.

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Not the usawool

Nicer than they usely the orpan didn't stay in a unloved home good happy