Description : Life in Devon in 1909 is hard and unforgiving, especially for young Emma Le Goff, whose mother and brother die in curious circumstances, leaving her totally alone in the world. While she grieves, her callous landlord Reuben Jago claims her home and belongings.
His son Seth is deeply attracted to Emma and sympathises with her desperate need to find out what really happened, but all his attempts to help only incur his father’s wrath.
When mysterious fisherman Matthew Caunter comes to Emma’s rescue, Seth is jealous at what he sees and seeks solace in another woman. However, he finds that forgetting Emma is not as easy as he hoped.
Matthew is kind and charismatic, but handsome Seth is never far from Emma’s mind. Whatever twists and turns her life takes, it seems there is always something – or someone – missing.
My Thoughts : A very enjoyable read – it didn’t take me long to be hooked into the story. I really liked Emma, despite being young, she was resilient and fiesty having to overcome some difficult situations and prejudices against her. She had to make the most of the circumstances forced upon her and often comply to the wishes of those around her who had her ‘best interests at heart’ – although it could sometimes be argued just whose ‘best interests’ were at the fore.
Seth, Emma’s long time and all time love, didn’t always get it right and their relationship had to endure some pretty tough times – really testing their feelings for each other. Seth carried a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders, often inflicted on him by his wayward family but he always strove to do the right thing. He was a good, honest and likeable character.
Matthew, her unofficial guardian, was a great character and I warmed to him immediately. I would definitely like to know more about him and hope that he reappears in future books of this trilogy.
I enjoyed finding out how society around this time worked – an era that I haven’t read about until now. I enjoyed Linda Mitchelmore’s easy style of writing and lovely refreshing similes.
I shall certainly look forward to reading more about Emma Le Goff.