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Life has not been easy for Mattie Maguire. Since her husband died three years ago, she has struggled to keep the family’s East End coal business solvent, as well as raise her young son and take care of her troubled mother-in-law by herself. And now everything that Mattie has worked for is under threat. Maguire’s is in the path of the proposed Wapping to Mile End railway extension and the coal yard deeds are firmly in the sights of corrupt local benefactor, Amos Stebbins, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Penniless fugitive Nathaniel Tate is a man who knows just how ruthless Amos can be: he was wrongfully convicted of embezzling money that Amos stole, and sent to a penal colony in Australia. After learning of his family’s tragic death, Nathaniel escapes and returns to London to bring down the man he holds responsible for the tragedy. Tracking Amos down to Maguire’s, it is there that Nathaniel meets Mattie, who offers him work. As Nathaniel begins to help Mattie turn around the fortunes of the business, and the pair grow ever closer, he starts to think less of revenge and more of the possibility of a new future with Mattie. But then his true identity is revealed. On the run from the police, Nathaniel has to prove his innocence, expose Amos, and win back the heart of Mattie. But a furious Amos has other plans…
'A real page-turner with larger-than-life characters and convincing period detail.' Daily Express
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