For five years Nancy Franklin has been madly in love with the charming and wealthy Lawrence Wilton, and now that it is 1903, and there are only twelve weeks to go until her wedding, her happy ending is almost in sight. Little does Nancy know, however, what those weeks are to hold. There is heartbreak ahead for her father when his beautiful young wife Lilian, Nancy's stepmother, runs away with one of Lawrence's friends, and implications for Nancy's own relationship when she discovers that Lawrence was all too aware of the affair. But when her father becomes seriously depressed Nancy is forced to put her own feelings aside. Despite a serious childhood injury that has always prevented her from riding, she is the only person who can be trusted to run the family racing stable - with a little help from horse owner John Brayde...
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Pamela Oldfield's books have been translated into Spanish, German and Russian. Her adult novels are described as a blend of historical fiction and family saga, each one thoroughly researched with the help of her husband, Joseph, who photographs and videos the various locations necessary for the backgrounds.From Booklist:
Nancy Franklin's thoughts are all of herself and her upcoming wedding to the man of her dreams, neighbor Lawrence Wilton. Blessed with an indulgent father and adoring nine-year-old half-brother Theo, her life as the daughter of one of the foremost horse trainers in turn-of-the-century England seems idyllic. But darkness looms on the horizon. Her young and pretty stepmother, Lilian, runs off with Donald Cooper, a member of the racing fraternity and Lawrence's close friend. Then, when Theo runs away from school and her father takes his own life, Nancy must assume responsibility for the family, the house, and the racing stable, Theo's inheritance. In this she is ably assisted by one of the horse owners, widower John Brayde, and his daughter. How Nancy matures from a self-centered child to a woman of rare compassion and determination forms the basis of this poignant and satisfying tale set against the glamorous backdrop of 1903 English horse-racing society. Lynne Welch
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