By Anne Bennett
A relocating and gritty saga of loss, separation and eventually desire, set in wartime Birmingham
Agnes Sullivan is fifteen whilst her younger brother Tom unearths her inebriated and crying within the lane close to their farm. Her dancing instructor has raped her and deserted her. Aggie is compelled to go away domestic while she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, slightly himself, comes to a decision the trainer needs to pay for his actions.
Aggie flees to Birmingham, however the shelter she's been promised seems to be too risky to stick in. She's left with few recommendations until eventually anyone she could by no means have spoken to in her former lifestyles offers her the assistance she so desperately wishes. yet will international battle One spoil her precarious hopes of a future?
Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham in the course of the wars have received her many fanatics, as they're packed choked with emotion, decision and authenticity. local sagas don't come any higher than this.
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The empress’ grief-stricken appearance, with her sleeves drawn together, was so captivating as to surprise an observer that, depending on the wearer, dark robes could arouse such wistfulness. “Since he has not seen your highness’ face for some time now, I can tell that the emperor is not in good spirits. With due respect for your highness’ grief, I ask that you take strength and meet with him. . ” Ukon no Naishi’s tone was encouraging as she handed the emperor’s letter to the empress, who wiped her eyelids, swollen from weeping, and opened it.
She concealed the incorrigible wild streak inherited from her mother and blossomed into a comely young ladyin-waiting. Empress Teishi managed to give each of her ladies-in-waiting the impression of being the sole recipient of her special favor; in reality, though, she preferred cheerful and open dispositions. Compared to the citified, courtly, and excessively trim appearance of many serving in the palace, the innocence of Kureha’s peach-like cheeks, the boldly cheerful expression of her eyes, and the lucidity of her words and manners had special appeal to Teishi, who came to have the girl serve at her side constantly.
Major Counselor Michinaga, who was concurrently serving as steward of the empress’ household, asked Ayame to become a lady-in-waiting to his first wife, Rinshi. After what happened at Kaneie’s sickbed, Michinaga had great expectations of the mediumistic powers Ayame had inherited from her mother. A year later, upon hearing from Ayame that her younger sister Kureha had turned fifteen, Michinaga announced that he wanted to meet the young woman. He did not summon Kureha to his residence, but made a point of having her escorted to the hermitage of a nun who had served as his own nurse, and there he received the two sisters together.
A Daughter's Secret by Anne Bennett