My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just arrived from UK through BM.
This is the first book of the Mallen’s Trilogy.
The plot describes how a rich family, the Mallens, have their destiny subtle changed by Thomas son, a real gambler.
But Thomas is also very well known as a rapist among the village women. This brings a lot of tragedy, vengeance and forbidden love into the narrative.
Dame Cookson had a prodigal way of writing captivating stories and give us another great masterpiece of literary fiction.
The story continues with the second volume of this trilogy, The Mallen Girl.