Eight years after being forcibly wed to Sir Oliver Pengarron, Kerensa Trelynne is the established lady of the manor, happy in the arms of the man she loves and the devoted mother of three children. But she never forgets her roots, maintaining the friendships of her youth, including that of Jenifer Dranncock, a local fisherman's wife. But on seeing her friend's son, Bartholomew, Kerensa is horrified by his resemblance to her husband and suspects the worst.
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Jessica Trenchard is a spirited and, at times, wayward girl - to the point that her father, Clem, is considering remarrying, just to provide her with a suitable role model. But Jessica's tender care of the distressed and speechless girl she discovers in a field shows that she isn't just a fun-loving tomboy. Her compassion touches the heart of Kane Pengerran, eldest son of the Trenchards' landlord, who has reasons for his own for desiring the love of a sensitive woman.
Kerensa Trelynne's plans to wed her sweetheart, Clem Trenchard, are ruined when Sir Oliver Pengarron makes her grandfather, and guardian, an offer for Trelynne Cove - the land on which Old Tom's cottage stands. Old Tom is wily, and to ensure a secure and stable future for his precious granddaughter, he makes her part of the price for the Cove: Sir Oliver must marry Kerensa.
Set in the 1770s, the latest book in the Pengarron series focuses on the long-standing, complex relationship between Kerensa Pengarron, beautiful wife of Sir Oliver, and her first love, Clem Trenchard: a man whom she has tried, unsuccessfully, to forget. The christening of little Harry Pengarron brings old scores to light, as Oliver and Clem meet face to face for the first time in years.
A new generation of the Pengarron family enters centre stage as Lady Kerensa and Sir Oliver depart for London. Kelynen, the youngest daughter, is left resentful and upset by her father's treatment of her. She had been looking forward to running the estate single handedly, but Sir Oliver has unexpectedly forbidden it. Instead, he's ordered her brother Luke to forget his play-writing career and return to Pengarron.