Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication date: 27th January, 2022
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?
The Orphan in the Peacock Shawl.
What a delightful book by the author. I finished this book in two sittings and I am so glad to rate it five gold stars!
The heroine of the plot, Annabelle is such a delightful character whom readers can relate with on a realistic level.
John, Dickie, Nellie and Ginny made me to love them.
The title really suits the plot.
This author writes excellently well, I must confess. Her imagination was so vivid and realistic. I read the book with the plot playing like a movie in my head.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.
About the Author
Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.