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Desperate to escape the unwanted advances of a cruel master, chambermaid Annie Morgan runs miles through stormy weather to find sanctuary at the home of Reverend and Mrs. Davies. Without family and tainted by scandal, she’s in dire need of a new identity and an occupation to match. Equally bleak is the future of Evan Powell, a miner who harbors dreams of escaping the black mines that are slowly killing him and finding refuge under the promised blue skies of America. But recently, the wife who Evan adored died, leaving the devoted father struggling to care for his young daughter, Jane.
To benefit both Annie and Evan, the kindly reverend arranges a marriage of convenience, one that is quietly contracted in a hasty ceremony—an event that sparks pointed gossip among those in the small Welsh town and outright rejection from Evan’s family. Annie must tread carefully lest she let slip anything about her past— particularly when she learns that her former master has been afoot, inquiring about a missing maid. More importantly, she feels she must avoid any emotional entanglements with Evan, who remains devoted to his beloved deceased wife. But as Evan works with Annie to care for Jane, Evan knows their relationship is growing into something more and must face the torments of a divided heart. And in the midst of Mormon missionaries preaching a strange new religion, disaster strikes the town and Annie’s troubled history can no longer be hidden.
- Size: 6 x 9
- Pages: 224
- Released: 05/2012
- Book on CD: Unabridged
About the Author
Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.
Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.
Left me wanting
by Erin - reviewed on May 30, 2012
I was so excited to read this book. The premise was fantastic, the story was intriguing, the research was incredible. I felt like I was in the mine. My heart broke with each broken limb and lost friend. But it seemed that right when the book was getting good, it was over. I feel it could have been one of my favorites, but the end was very disappointing.
A moving story of courage and love
by Customer - reviewed on June 17, 2012
Sian Bessey successfully transports readers to a late 1800s Welsh mining town with her vivid description and engaging characters. The sacrifices and hardships endured by the miners and their families are hard, but Bessey fills the novel with glimpses into the mining community's uplifting camaraderie, wit, and faith. Within the Dark Hills is a moving story of courage and love that will leave you with a greater appreciation for the Welsh people of that era.
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