Would you risk a stable marriage for a dangerous affair?
Vivien Mariner loves her husband, and is adored by him in return. So why does she find herself so strongly drawn to John Ashe, the enigmatic stranger who appears in Eadenford, as if from nowhere, the summer after the Great War ends? Helping around the house and garden, Ashe quickly makes himself indispensable at the vicarage, insinuating himself ever deeper into village life. As the vicar's wife, Vivien must be above suspicion, but will the dark, dangerous pull of passion prove too strong for her to resist?
The character of John Ashe has been a powerful presence in Sarah Harrison's two novels, Swan Music and The Nightingale's Nest. But only now do we learn the full story of the events that moulded the man. Interweaving a devastating account of the bloody chaos of war with the ruthless seduction of a principled woman, Sarah paints an absorbing picture of the vulnerability of love.
Sarah Harrison is the bestselling author of more than twenty five books. She is best known for her adult fiction, which has included commercial blockbusters such as The Flowers of the Field and A Flower That's Free (both now re-released, along with the third part of the trilogy, The Wildflower Path). She has also written children's books and the successful writer's guide How to Write a Blockbuster, as well as numerous short stories and articles.
Sarah is an experienced speaker and broadcaster, who has taught creative writing both in the UK and on residential courses in Italy. She has been a judge for literary and public-speaking competitions, and is also an entertainer - her three-woman cabaret group, Pulsatillas!, has an enthusiastic and ever-growing following.