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The story is set in 19th century Dorset, South West England, during a time of unrest amongst the starving farm labourers and their families. At a young age, Amber Lange, an illegitimate peasant girl faces the demons of loss and finds herself destitute with younger siblings to support. Her beauty and intelligence attracts the attention of three very different men, their lives linked together in this story of love, lust and deception. The illegitimate son of Squire Tuckerman, Jake Hamilton-an idler who longs for the life of luxury he's convinced he's entitled to-who will betray her.Dr Royce Fenimore, a widower with young daughters, who admires Amber's courage, and becomes a trusted friend, but in time that friendship turns to love.Sir Edmund Tuckerman himself, who harbours a dark secret-as scheming and ruthless as he is handsome and charming. He desires the beautiful peasant girl from the moment he sets eyes on her and intends to have her-whatever it takes. But the only way he can win her is by trickery. Life for Amber changes with frightening swiftness, and she's not prepared for the outcome, realising, too late, where her heart truly lies. No one can avoid the tragedy that lies in wait..