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From the acclaimed author of The Last Pearl and Dancing at the Victory Cafe, this is a beautiful novel about dark family secrets, betrayal, love and redemption.

1666. A child is born in the farmhouse at Windebank, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Named Rejoice (Joy) by her dying father, Joy grows up witness to the persecution of the farming community for following a banned faith. Defying the authority of the local priest, she joins a group of Yorkshire pioneers travelling to the New World to form a colony close to Philadelphia - a passionate, rebellious and courageous woman fighting against the constraints of the time. Will she find peace and love?

2014. A leather-bound book is found buried in the walls of the Meeting House in Good Hope, Pennsylvania. Its details trace the owner back to a Yorkshire farm in the Dales. And so a correspondence begins between Rachel Moorside and the man who found the journal, Sam Storer, as Rachel uncovers the tumultuous secrets of her family’s history.

About The Author

Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire and was married with three sons and a daughter. She wrote from an old farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and an olive grove in Crete.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK (June 28, 2018)
  • Runtime: 13 hours and 33 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781471176548

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Raves and Reviews

‘A moving and compelling story about a lifetime’s journey in search of the truth’

– Rachel Hore, author of Last Letter Home, on The Captain's Daughter

‘Grand opening and even more heartfelt ending’

– Historical Novel Society on The Captain's Daughter

‘Delves deep into the human spirit, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses’

– Monique Mulligan on The Girl Under the Olive Tree

‘Fleming has created the perfect wartime heroine’

– on The Girl Under the Olive Tree

‘Rich and enticing and the book is brimming with secrets and mysteries’

– Dot Scribbles on The Postcard

‘A fabulous story of people, places and pearls from a master storyteller’

– Lancashire Evening Post on The Last Pearl

‘Evokes war-time Britain in bright, patriotic colours’

– Publishers Weekly on Dancing at the Victory Cafe

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