On her mothers death seventeen-year-old Anna Mason is thrust into running the
household of Hawkshead Manor, near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast. Then she discovers that
behind her fathers legitimate merchant business is a successful smuggling ring. When
her father is murdered she is convinced that it is smuggler related and is determined to
find the killer. But could there be another reason for this crime? Revelations about the
men in her life shock her until she learns the truth. The story moves between Whitby,
Hull, the Humber estuary, and Amsterdam.
... plotting is tight and the storytelling solid, and
this... should please any fan of the genre.
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Fans of historical romantic sagas will love this.
Pelerborough Evening Telegraph
After the death of her mother in 1813 seventeen-year-old Anna Mason assumes many of her
mother's tasks in running the household of Hawkshead Manor. Jonathan Wetherby, a business
colleague of her father's, is entranced by Anna but she doesn't feel she is able to return
his affections while her father remains so devastated by his wife's death. However, whilst
Anna's father, John Mason, is an outwardly respectable merchant in Whitby, he is also the
brains behind a leading smuggling operation in the district, a fact which may have serious
repercussions for Anna's future when she stumbles on the truth.