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.Â 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.
Praise for Leah Fleming
‘A moving and compelling story about a lifetime’s journey in search of the truth’ Rachel Hore
‘Grand opening and even more heartfelt ending’ Historical Novel Society
‘Delves deep into the human spirit, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses’ Monique Mulligan
‘Fleming has created the perfect wartime heroine’ Writing.ie
‘Fleming handles the narrative deftly . . . the time flew by’ If These Books Could Talk
‘Rich and enticing and the book is brimming with secrets and mysteries’ Dot ScribblesÂ
‘Fascinating and unputdownable’ Trisha Ashley
‘A fabulous story of people, places and pearls from a master storyteller’ Lancashire Evening Post
‘Evokes war-time Britain in bright, patriotic colours’ Publishers Weekly