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By Erin Ritch
It is 1885 and Cecil Sherbowe has everything he could ever want in life. He has led a privileged childhood, raised in a large estate nestled in the plains of the English countryside. He is in line to inherit his family’s property. His father is a heavy drinker and is determined to make a man of Cecil. He had done the same with Cecil’s older brother, who left home a spoiled young man, but returned very serious and different. If he doesn’t want to be disowned, Cecil has to spend several months working as a laborer in the poverty stricken village of the Deverills. Cecil leaves with only one set of rough clothing and at the last moment his brother asks him to take a note to give to a certain woman, if he finds her. One that he had been in love with.
Cecil is met by a big man named Wilk and Cecil is introduced to everyone as Cecil Wilk, a nephew of the big man. The idea is to break Cecil of his vanity and pride. The small farmhouse where Cecil stays is just the bare bones and Cecil has to share a bedroom with the two boys in the house. He finally learns that the woman his brother loved, is married to a much older man and is actually the mistress of the house where he is living. The woman cried and cried when she read the note and said that she had waited years and years and after hearing nothing, believed he had forgotten her and so she married this older man in order to be supported.
Cecil’s job is to shepherd a few sheep and make sure that he doesn’t lose any as it is the farmer’s livelihood. At first Cecil is negligent and bored, but as time passes Cecil learns to grow up and be responsible. He meets a beautiful young village girl named Natalie. He wants to marry her, but can’t get up the nerve to ask her and is always so aloof with her that she usually is angry with him.
Cecil’s father dies and Cecil inherits his share of the state and has to choose between her and his freedom, Cecil spends years chasing from the Boer War of Africa to the speakeasies of 1920’s New York City. Finally Cecil returns to Deverills and manages to entice Natalie to go with him when she is just about ready to marry another. Cecil loves her so much and wants to be only with her so buys some land and builds a small house on it. Each day he cuts down a tree and splits enough wood for their daily needs for cooking and heat. They are very happy together, but then life changes for them. It is a beautiful love story with a twist at the end. The author does a fine job of catching the emotions of the different people. The ending leaves the reader with sweetness of love and how twists of fate can change everything in a minute.
I was given a free e-book for an honest review.