Love and a Promise

Love and a Promise

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Maddy Kieman knows her situation is desperate. With her parents dead, her brother Thomas is left as guardian to her and her sister Carmel, and Thomas, Maddy is all too aware, only cares about himself. When his plans to marry the daughter of the Protestant canal agent backfire Thomas takes off to Liverpool, leaving the girls to fend for themselves against the lecherous agent. Taking the momentous decision to follow their brother, Maddy leaves for Liverpool. Within days the girls are destitute, reduced to living in a cellar and stealing bread to survive. Eventually, Maddy finds work as a maid to an old lady, becoming her unpaid companion and sole beneficiary of her will. But Maddy has to promise not to marry until the woman who has rescued her and her sister dies. When Maddy meets a young seaman she realises she may have to choose between love and that promise...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 161 x 241 x 30mm | 553g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747269068
  • 9780747269069

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Maddy Kiernan is in a desperate situation, her parents are dead, and her brother Thomas is acting as guardian to her and her sister Carmel. But Thomas (as Maddy is only too painfully aware) cares only for himself. His attempts to marry the daughter of a Protestant canal agent come to nothing, and Thomas abandons the girls, who soon find themselves under fire from the lascivious agent. Reluctantly, the girls follow their brother to Liverpool, but within days they find themselves destitute and stealing food in order to survive. But when Maddy becomes maid to an old lady, she finds herself sole beneficiary of a will - but only if she agrees not to marry until the woman who has rescued both her and her sister dies. Apart from the vividly characterised heroine, Andrews' skill is in conjuring the sharply observed Liverpool milieu.show more

About Lyn Andrews

Lyn Andrews was born and raised in Liverpool. In 1993 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Award.show more

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