A Perfect Place of Secrets
In an age of change, ‘The Triangle’ appears idyllic, nourished by friendship and beer. But behind the Victorian facade, lives are not as perfect as they seem. Poppy lives a humble life and aspires to improve herself through reading novels of the day, as women begin to find their voice in traditional society. Believing she has the qualities he seeks, she catches the attention of her flawed master, Charlie Butternorth, heir to Aldbury Park, a family home uninhabited by love and happiness. His is determined to prove his desire is in earnest with Poppy, unlike inebriated nights spent with forgettable women, to escape his traumatic loss, yet he still has to conceal sinister activities and a deviant affair, to protect his reputation and inheritance.
Poppy’s devoted aunt harbors her own memories of the Butternorths and consequences she must declare, before her natural end. Revelations and observations criss cross the artisan’s settlement, above and below ground, where good men toil on behalf of The Triangle’s benefactor to create surreptitious portals for figures of imperial power.
As her conscience becomes heavier and secretive, Poppy is faced with difficult choices about her future and accepting the past. She must turn to someone she trusts, to help her understand the complicated family and decide her fate.
Will she succumb to ruinous risks or saved in time by kind souls, who have already experienced the extent of Charlie’s damaged regard for love. What lies beneath the streets and who must protect their secrets the most?
The opening chapters of my first novel began as an assignment with The Open University. 4 years on, my enjoyment of history and writing, have progressed into a committed love of writing historical fiction. Discovery of classic novels as an adult takes me off travelling to Brontë country or Hardy’s Dorset, to experience their landscapes. Home life reflects the time I spend on writing, leaving family to fend for their own washing. I’m a member of Chiltern Writers, attend a variety of masterclasses at Writers’ and Artists and receive mentoring from author Jenny Ashcroft, as part of the Womentoring project.
Dedication for book: For Rosie T.