For Mattie Willit, caught in a thunderstorm running away from her bullying stepfather, rescue comes in the form of Jacob Kemble, a widowed farmer living with his two young children. She is escaping from an enforced marriage; he, struggling with the memory of a loveless one. As Jacob nurses Mattie back to health, the two come know and love each other. Meanwhile, wealthy and elderly Miss Emily Newington needs their help to save her from her greedy cousin who is plotting to take her house. Together they must all battle the odds, and Mattie’s stepfather, to try and find a happy ending.
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Set in Wiltshire in 1910, the story tells how Mattie and her sisters make up their minds to escape before it is too late. There is little time to plan, and not much money, but the younger girls have a boyfriend who is willing to help them vanish. Mattie, fighting a heavy cold, opts to go alone and, when her money runs out, sets off to walk to Bristol. Within hours, she is near death in a rainstorm, and though a small boy returning home from school finds her and brings his father, Mattie’s life hangs in the balance for many days.
A beautiful voice with great expression
The ending was good
"Vote for the underdog"
A brutal stepfather beats his eldest daughter before selling her off for marriage and threatening to continue his tyrannical ways with the remaining two girls. They all escape, leaving the stepfather bitter and vowing to find them. The eldest collapses, near death and is nursed back to health by a widowed man and his two children.
The local lady of the manor takes an interest in her and continues aiding her while the stepfather seeks her out.
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