• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
From Katherine Webb, the author of the acclaimed international bestseller The Legacy, comes a compelling tale of love, deception, and illusion
A vicar with a passion for nature, the Reverend Albert Canning leads a happy existence with his naive wife, Hester, in their sleepy Berkshire village in the year 1911. But as the English summer dawns, the Cannings’ lives are forever changed by two new arrivals: Cat, their new maid, a disaffected, free-spirited young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law; and Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby.
Quickly finding a place for herself in the underbelly of local society, Cat secretly plots her escape. Meanwhile, Robin, a young man of considerable magnetic charm and beauty, soon becomes an object of fascination and desire. Sweltering in the oppressive summer heat, the peaceful rectory turns into a hotbed of dangerous ambition, forbidden love, and jealousy—a potent mixture of emotions that ultimately leads to murder.
Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire, England. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, potter, bookbinder, library assistant, and formal housekeeper at a manor house, she now writes full-time and lives near Bath, England.
Katherine’s Tour Stops
Wednesday, May 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, May 29th: The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Friday, June 1st: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, June 5th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, June 6th: Literature and a Lens
Thursday, June 7th: “That’s Swell!”
Thursday, June 7th: Colloquium
Friday, June 8th: Life In Review
Monday, June 11th: The Written World
Tuesday, June 12th: Luxury Reading
Wednesday, June 13th: Unabridged Chick – author interview