This story takes place between 1901 and 1921. It is set in a quiet village in the Welsh Marches where two old men, The Reverend ApIvor, and Old Eli, disagree over a moral issue that ends their long friendship. Each does so willingly to conceal the young people in their keeping to protect them and their secrets, but their wellintentioned actions have serious repercussions for the future. Years later, upon the death of Old Eli, a young woman, Lily, discovers her true identity and is suddenly thrust into a world of prejudice, anger, and revenge for the past. At odds with her affluent, middle class upbringing is the revelation that her mother, Mahalia, was raised a Romani. Within days Lily is abducted, and narrowly escapes with her life. Fleeing, she finds help and friendship amongst the people she fears. She returns home determined to discover her true origins and locate her real father. When the Reverend ApIvor learns of his old friend's involvement with Mahalia and Lily, he wishes to make amends concerning his actions long ago.In Australia, Lily's real father, using the name Harry Jenkins, learns of Lily’s existence and determines to meet her. He must convince his daughter that he did not desert her mother willingly all those years ago. He returns to England seeking redemption and hoping to be reunited with Mahalia. Unbeknown to Lily, her mother is dying of tuberculosis, a common cause of death amongst the Romani during that period. Harry and Lily meet after Mahalia’s funeral, but are not destined for happiness immediately. Someone else is out for revenge, someone closer to home who wants payback for feeling abandoned and betrayed by him all those years ago. When Harry changed his name he left England by selling his identity illegally. Now, through malice, the criminals who bought his authentic papers have been alerted to his presence. They want to remove all proof of that original transaction. Harry must return to Australia to escape detection. Now it is Lily who must protect her father and keep his departure secret. They have nothing left but hope.
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Romany; wales; romance; thriller; love; loss; welsh; marches; australia; australia ; australia setting ; australian adventure ; family and relationships ; family betrayal ; family boundaries ; family conflict ; family drama ; family duty ; family loss ; family relations ; family relationships ; familychildren ; romance historical