When gifted young woodcarver Cuthbert Watts is sent to assist in the building of a new hall in Lancashire in 1530 little does he realise what difficulties lie ahead.
The Master builder, Abel, resents his presence, refusing to see his work whilst Abel’s apprentice, Will is a lazy, jealous young man who thwarts Cuthbert at every turn.
Supported by his fellow workers Cuthbert perseveres and after saving his life, befriends the young son of the owner, another reason for Abel to hate him. What is the reason behind this animosity?
What great secret dominates Abel and Will’s life to the extent that lives are threatened, jealousies grow and violence, arson, kidnap and murder are committed?
Set in the Lancashire countryside in the 16th century this is a story which combines the practical difficulties of building a Tudor Hall with the loves and jealousies of those involved.
When will Abel realise the value of Cuthbert’s work, when will Will realise he is not who he believes he is and can Cuthbert win the heart of the girl he loves.
Follow Cuthbert through the trials and challenges of his new life and discover whether the hall can finally be completed.
I was really looking forward to reading this story after reading the blurb and couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
I enjoyed the plot and it was quite an easy book to read. I thought that it flowed very well and I found the main characters – Abel, Will and Cuthbert were well developed and worked really well within the plotline.
I am a massive fan of books that are set in this period and this one did hold its own for me in what is a very competitive genre.
Four stars from me – I really enjoyed it – highly recommended!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Margaret Lambert has always lived in Preston, Lancashire. Married with two grown-up sons, she trained as a Geography teacher but also taught History and Religious studies in secondary schools. A member of the National Trust for nearly fifty years, Lambert has volunteered as a guide and conservationist at Rufford Old Hall for the past thirteen years, during which time it has been extensively renovated.