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Shropshire, 1662. In an England still reeling from civil war, seventeen-year-old Will Heywood comes home to begin an apprenticeship arranged by his wealthy father. At the same time, Susanna, a young Quaker girl, leaves her family to become a servant in the same town. And then they fall in love… Not only is Susanna beneath Will’s social standing; worse, she is a Quaker, part of a persecuted faith. Will is captivated by this spirited young woman, and together they struggle to stay true to what is important – in spite of parents, society and even the law. But is the love between Will and Susanna strong enough to survive – no matter what? A beautifully crafted love story that speaks across the ages, telling of two young people forced apart by a society that forbids them to be together.
“The author’s eye for detail in matters of daily routines… is impeccably realized. Frequently moving and unwaveringly honest.” Carousel
“Here is a novel that needs a trumpet to be blown for it… The pleasures lie less in plot surprises than in the plain, exact and elegant language that takes you to the heart of each character’s feeling.” Guardian
December 1st, 2011
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AR book level: 5.1; Upper years; 9.0 points
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