In a remote dale in a northern English county, a centuries-old rural community has survived into the mid-1930s almost unchanged. But then Jack Liggett drives in from the city, the spokesman for a Manchester waterworks company with designs on the landscape for a vast new reservoir. The dale must be evacuated, flooded, devastated; its water pumped to the Midlands and its community left in ruins.
Liggett further compounds the village’s problems when he begins a troubled affair with Janet Lightburn, a local woman of force and character who is driven to desperate measures in an attempt to save the valley.
I received this book as a gift from a fellow book lover and I have to say I was blown away with it. I found it such a powerful and so moving. This is the first book that I have read by Sarah and I cannot wait to read her others, I already have my eye on a few. After having a recent holiday in the Lake District I knew I would be pining when I got home so this was the perfect pick me up read to remind me of those beautiful days with all the gorgeous scenery. Sarah’s description of the scenery and everything around is perfect, even though the story is a sad one, It really captured the Lake District and I thought it was such a wonderful yet powerful story. I need another holiday to The Lakes now.
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