The Black Silk Purse

Margaret Kaine

Ella Hathaway recalls little of her life before the workhouse. When young, wealthy spinster Letitia Fairchild witnesses Ella being beaten, she takes the girl into her charge as a maid. As Ella grows up, the bond between the two women grows stronger, and they embark on a quest for Ella's mysterious past.
Date Published :
July 2018
Publisher :
Allison and Busby
Language:
English
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Overview
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Ella Hathaway recalls little of her life before the workhouse, although she does remember someone whispering, "Dearie, promise you will never forget what you saw. Your Ma was killed deliberate and someone oughter pay for it." When young, wealthy spinster Letitia Fairchild witnesses Ella being beaten, she takes the girl into her charge as a maid. As Ella grows up, the bond between the two women grows stronger, and they embark on a quest for Ella’s mysterious past. From the miseries of life in a London workhouse, to the splendor of a beautiful mansion, Ella searches for more than what happened to her mother, but for that which has always been denied to her: love, family, and a home.

About The Author
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Born and educated in the Potteries in Staffordshire, Margaret Kaine now lives in Eastbourne. She began writing with short stories and her debut novel Ring of Clay won the RNA New Writer’s Award and the Society of Authors’ Sagittarius Prize.

REVIEWS
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"Kaine’s talented storytelling drives the plot along at a breathtaking pace, and you begin to care for all the characters involved. The attention to historical detail is effortless, and it is easy to understand the mindset of the people of the time: the degradation and shame of the workhouse, the importance of wealth and the allure of America... Throughout the novel the author takes you on a journey full of twists, turns and surprises – it is a real page-turner which you will never forget."

- Historical Novels Review