This is ultimately the story of two dysfunctional families. A young woman leaves the comfort of her wealthy (but cold) family to find her prodigal mother who is living the life of a gutter rat in a nearby village. She gets a job working long hours in a local tavern, cooking and serving tables in an effort to care for her mother and younger brother, but in many ways becomes an enabler. Unable to keep food on the table, rent and court fees paid she turns to smuggling for needed cash.
The other dysfunctional
family comprises a self centered matriarch and her three adult children.
(the father led a dissolute life and has since died). The oldest son is
in the legal profession, is tall dark and handsome and you guessed it.
Sparks fly between the young woman and the oldest son but
they're worlds apart so the question is can they come together when all
the odds are against them, especially when her secret comes out?
thought the story was well written and the characters real. Sometimes
with Jane Jackson I find that the secondary characters have more
dimension than the primary. That was somewhat the case here. The drunken
mother was well played and true to the character of an addict. The
younger brother also was both good and bad and you could understand his
rebellious escapades. But while I could understand why the hero was
intrigued by the heroine, (she has a lot of depth of character and