Author(s): Charlotte Betts
Susannah Leyton has grown up behind the counter of her father's apothecary shop, surrounded by the resinous scents of lavender, rosemary, liquorice and turpentine. More learned than any apprentice, she concocts soothing medicines and ointments with great skill. Content with her life, Susannah is shocked when her widowed father announces his intentions to marry again, and later becomes caught in a battle of wills with her new step-mother. When she receives a proposal of marriage from handsome and charming merchant Henry Savage, she believes her prayers have been answered and resolves to be a good wife to him. But Henry is a complex and troubled man, haunted by his memories of growing up in Barbados. As the plague sweeps through the city, tragedy strikes, and the secrets of Henry's past begin to unfold ...
Winner of Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2011. Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Reader Award for Best Historical Read 2011.
A vivid tale of love in a time of fire, plague and prejudice - Katherine Webb Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying. This is one of those novels that makes you feel like you've travelled back in time - Katie Fforde
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.