ABOUT THE BOOK
The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy. Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt’s home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief. Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progress, an inescapable wave of change has begun.
When her brother departs to follow his dream of sailing the high seas, Gwen is left alone to navigate the shifting world around her. She soon finds herself relying on the support of her brother’s best friend, Lewis, a gentle blacksmith whose kindness stirs her heart. Resigned to the fact that Lewis may never see her as more than a child, Gwen is soon swept off her feet by Thomas, a prosperous young Englishman. Torn between two men and two very different paths, Gwen has little time to determine what course her heart will follow. With time running out for her beautiful valley, will love come too late?
Bessey has written a tender story of love and life. Gwen loves her village and those who live in it and isn't happy about all the changes taking place, including the fact that soon her village will be buried underneath a dam. Her brother's leaving to go to see doesn't help any. But Gwen is a determined person and she deals with these challenges as she did the death of her parents. But love steps in and leaves her confused about what she wants and who she wants. I loved the details about Wales and it's people, it makes me want to go there to see the places Bessey describes. I also quickly fell in love with Gwen and Lewis. Thomas was great as well, which made the love triangle more difficult to read about because I knew someone wasn't going to get what he wanted. But I think things turned out for the best based on the character's desires.
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