Marianne Mandeville was kind to the gypsies living on her
estate, giving them food and shelter. All they could give
back was a prayer, but it would be a good one. After
Marianne loses her husband in an equestrian accident,
she is so distraught that she attempts to die by forcing a
similar accident. She lay unconscious. The events that
follow could be explained as coincidence. The gypsies
believe it was returned kindness through divine
intervention. You decide which.
This is Kennedy’s first novel. The spark of creativity to
begin writing was triggered by two musical compositions
by Henne Bekker. The piece Algonquin Trails
suggested to Kennedy a mid-Victorian English lady
standing at a window, mourning some terrible loss. A
second piece Stormy Sunday suggested this same
woman racing on a horse in a thunderstorm, jumping
impossibly high hedgerows. Kennedy expanded those
thoughts into a full-length novel to tell the woman’s story.
Having discovered a bent for writing in the genre of Jane
Austen and the Bronte sisters, Kennedy went on to write
six more novels.
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