Before the epic Aubrey-Maturin series
, Patrick O'Brian wrote this sinister tale of love and death set in Wales, a dark and timeless story with echoes of Thomas Hardy
and Mary Webb
. Joseph Pugh, sick of Oxford and of teaching, decides to take some time off to live in a wild and beautiful Welsh farm valley. There he falls physically ill and is nursed back to health by Bronwen Vaughn, the wife of a neighboring farmer. Slowly, unwillingly, Bronwen and Pugh fall in love, and while that word is never spoken between them, their story is passionate and tragic.
From Publishers Weekly
A former Oxford professor retreats to a small Welsh community only to become ill and fall in love with the farmer's wife who nurses him back to health.
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