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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