John felt a jolt of recognition at the young man's words. This gem was meant for his Lydia."
So begins the journey of the topaz brooch, passed down mother to daughter, or daughter-in-law, for over three hundred years. The author builds it's history through genealogical research, spinning a tale recalling the religious persecution of the early Quakers in Wales, through their flight to the new world, and their eventual establishment of a home in what is now known as Pennsylvania.
Part fact, part fiction, the author allows her main character, Lydia, to give us genuine insight into the 1700s as people sought a new life, free from persecution and poverty, laying the groundwork for a burgeoning nation.