Heedless. Stubborn. Disgraced.
Small town Illinois, 1870: "My stepfather was not particularly fond of me to begin with, and now that he'd found out about the baby, he was foaming at the mouth."
Desperate to avoid marriage, Nell Lillington refuses to divulge the name of her child's father and accepts her stepfather's decision that the baby be born at a Poor Farm and discreetly adopted.
Until an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies fall out.
Nell is the only resident of the Poor Farm who is convinced the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and rethinks her decision to abandon her own child to fate. But even if she manages to escape the Poor Farm with her baby she may have no safe place to run to.
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About the Author
Jane Steen has lived in three countries but is now back in her native England, living on the south east coast. She’s always had one foot in the past and loves to write fiction set in the nineteenth century, drawing on Victorian traditions of mystery, melodrama, and hauntings. She’s passionate about promoting quality indie publishing and great historical fiction, and writes feature articles for the Historical Novel Society, of which she’s an active member. She also participates in the work of the Alliance of Independent Authors and the 10-Minute Novelists, and was the originator of the Ethical Author Code and the 365K Challenge.