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Short-listed for the Elizabeth Goudge Award

It all started in December 1813, on the day I realized that Balquidder wanted me dead.

When sixteen-year-old Emilia Daniels elopes with charming ne’er-do-well, Stephen Kirkwall, she is unaware that he is in debt to the sinister Balquidder, a man deeply involved in slave-trading. Balquidder has an eye to the fortune Emilia will inherit at twenty-five, and he will stop at nothing…

‘Elizabeth Hawksley writes with genuine charms and warmth. Add a truly sinister baddy and a touching love-interest, and the story sharpens to a breathless conclusion on the Thames Frost Fair of 1814.’ Richard Lee – Historical Novel Society Review

‘Emilia’s a smart, spunky heroine … It’s an adventure story rather than a straight romance, but it still has plenty of romantic interest, a great range of characters and a really good ending.’ ***** ‘an absorbing read’ Amazon review

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