Ambition & Destiny Part 1: Hooks & Eyes

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To start again, Mary must leave the past behind…

Hooks & EyesMary is determined to put her troubled past behind her. As a widow with two small children, she is desperate to earn enough money to look after her family. When she takes a job making hooks & eyes for the ambitious Mr. Wetherby, she thinks she’s found a solution…

But when Mr. Wetherby decides he wants Mary as more than a worker, she fears his intentions are dishonourable. After all, why else would he be interested in her? Following a misunderstanding, Mary abandons her job, never wanting to see him again…

While Mary prepares to make another life for herself, Mr. Wetherby has other ideas. If his plan works, he could use the children to win Mary’s heart and free her from a life of poverty once and for all…

Hooks & Eyes is the first book in The Ambition & Destiny Series, a Victorian Era family saga. If you like 19th-century historical fiction and tales of women fighting for their families, then you’ll love the first instalment in VL McBeath’s engaging series.

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