Joanna Burton, a missionary’s daughter, grows up dreaming of the far-off lands she will visit, of grand adventures to come.
At eighteen, tall and golden-haired, she meets Teddy Leigh, a young man on his way to the trenches of the First World War. Their love is sudden and passionate. But when Teddy returns, Joanna's dreams of foreign countries slip into the distance as she struggles with motherhood, a ramshackle Yorkshire farm and a husband who returned from the war with mental and physical wounds.
Joanna retreats into her imaginative world when reality becomes insupportable.
A stirring romance set in the dramatic landscape of Yorkshire, and the tragic but heroic time of the Great War.
London, 1873. Walter Balanchine returns home from his travels with an air of mystery and magic about him. His lockets, potions and spells soon attract a favourable audience in Victorian London. But a labyrinthine path of sorcery, scandal and mortal danger unfolds when Walter encounters the beautiful and brooding Tamara.