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In a village near the Welsh marches in 1820s England, outward appearances and behavior are important. Mary Burnley refuses to conform.
A young woman, widowed and shunned by her village.
A clergyman, new to his parish and congregation.
An unknown, unforgivable past.
St. Edmund Wood, a refuge.
In Regency England, Mary Burnley returns to her home after eighteen months of marriage; she is scorned and shunned by the village, and her mother. When Mary meets the Rev. Mr. Nathaniel Godwin, the new curate for the village church, life becomes a little less bleak. It is in the mysterious and beautiful St. Edmund Wood where a dark, unknown past is revealed, and it is in St. Edmund Wood where her new-found happiness will either be made, or broken.