The heroine in this tale is one Mercy Carver, a poor girl from the poorest part of London; "The East End" or as it was called, "The Elephant and Castle". Mercy had the most awful of starts in life, with her mother dying giving birth to her and her inconsolable father, unable to continue without his beloved wife, committing suicide.
I don't want to give away too much of the story, but a desire to see the "real London", just once in her life, before accepting her predetermined fate of marrying an old and disgusting man, her grandparents had virtually sold her to when she was just fourteen; leads Mercy on a journey that will test even her powers of resilience and courage.
Dark Shadows is the first book in the Mercy Carver series and I have little doubt that there is still much, much more to be told about Mercy and her one, true love Jacob Stone. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Another absolute winner from Jana Petken and worth every single one of the five stars I give it. If you love the historical novel with plenty of action and romance, you will love Dark Shadows.
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