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John Wheatley
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Book Description

It is 1817 and on the streets of Amlwch, the copper capital of the world, discontent amongst the poor, the hungry and the disaffected, is about to break out into open violence. Mine Superintendent, Thomas Kendrick, brings his bride, the beautiful Cornish girl, Alys, twenty yras his junior, home to Amlwch. The arrival of the Irish sea captain, and his friendship with Kendrick, sets off an intriguing tale of love, jealousy, treachery and blackmail...

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  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (August 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HC6EYW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brooding tale of jealousy and passion December 15, 2011
The year is 1817 and the setting is Amlwch, on the north east coast of Anglesey. The `blackened mountain and sulphurous air' bear dubious testimony to the town's status as copper capital of the world and on its streets social strife, borne of hunger and poverty, threatens to erupt into open violence.

Into this volatile and toxic mix, mine superintendent, Thomas Kendrick, brings his young bride, Alys, a capricious beauty whose sexually disruptive presence infects men with a kind of madness. Jealousy, adultery and sexual exploitation inevitably lead to disaster and make for an intriguing and, often, menacing tale.

With Anglesey providing the inspiration here, as in his debut novel (A Golden Mist), John Wheatley appears to be doing for this part of North Wales what Daphne du Maurier has done for Cornwall. In this second novel, the rugged coastline and baleful influence of the vitriol works provide as much drama as the characters themselves. Brilliant, brooding and atmospheric!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written March 9, 2012
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This is my second read by John Wheatley, and I've noticed that he does an excellent job of pulling the reader into the life and times of the people of Wales. You can feel what they are going through. It's almost as if he's been there in another life. You are transported into the Industrial era, touched by the struggle of the people, and pulled completely into another world. I found the characters to be likeable and charming in a way that made me want to follow their story to the very end.

This book contains elements that I love in a story, passion, intrigue, drama, love, and smart writing. The ending left you wondering a bit, but in this instance I didn't mind it. I liked being able to draw my own conclusions.

This is definitely a must-read for anyone who enjoys drama and intrigue, along with a richly woven historical tapestry in the background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance at its Best February 7, 2012
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I've spent the past week glued to my Kindle, reading like crazy...and all because I just couldn't stop! What a fantastic read!!! Superb pacing, great cast of characters, captivating narrative, realistic dialogue, excellent writing...and just BRILLIANT. I love the time period this author chose, the history, the beautiful country of Wales, and the Industrial era. Plus, I just love a good romance.

The author starts out this historical romance in 1817 in the beautiful country of Wales. Riots are threatening to break out because of hunger and injustice. Order needs to be restored. I loved the time period this author chose too. Wheatley really brings us into this time frame with his vivid descriptions and through his dialogue and narration. He did a fabulous job of fleshing out his characters and bringing them to life in this intriguing tale of love, jealousy, and treachery.

Forty-year old Kendrick, gets married in St Blazy after a brief courtship and an even briefer engagement to headstrong Alys Tremain who is beyond beautiful, and half his age. But as the plot thickens with drama, smuggling, betrayal, and adultery, you are taken on quite a journey with turns and twists that will leave you anxiously turning the pages.

FLOWERS OF VITRIOL is a new favorite of mine, and definitely something I would recommend to family and friends without a doubt. What a wonderful add to my Amazon kindle library!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Novel Society Online Review February 5, 2012
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1817. On the streets of Amlwch, the copper capital of the world, discontent amongst the poor, hungry, and disaffected is about to break out into open violence. Mine Superintendent, Thomas Kendrick, brings his bride, the beautiful Cornish girl, Alys, twenty years his junior, home to Amlwch. The arrival of O'Donell, an Irish sea captain, sets off an intriguing tale of love, jealousy, treachery, and blackmail. . . throw in a smuggling operation and you have the key elements of the story which come together in a dramatic way.
The book is based on real events and the added historical note was welcome and interesting--doubly so because the book ends rather abruptly, and we are left with the historical note to work out how it all ended for ourselves. I am of two minds about this. Part of me wanted to read what happened, and part of me was intrigued by the way the story was left hanging.
When I received this book for review, I was initially unenthusiastic as it is not the type of book I would usually consider. I am happy to say I enjoyed the read. The layout was good and well-presented, but the cover could be more exciting--a women on a headland looking out to sea might be more dramatic.
The recreation of the Industrial era is done well, with descriptions of the mine authentic and well-researched. There was a little too much description of the industrial processes in the early parts of the book, but the addition of George Barncroft's diary entries were a good way of describing events.
It is a novel with a brooding, moody feel, with behind the scenes plotting and manipulation. I would recommend this to those who enjoy historical romance and the day-to-day life of normal people.

Helen Hollick UK Editor for Indie Published Historical Fiction
on behalf of
--Richard Denning

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