1895 England - when you can't hide from your past, how can you face the future?
Shy Charlotte Addison is only twenty-four but it feels as if life is already over. When her cruel husband Edmund is murdered, she assumes she'll remain stuck with her bitter mother-in-law and village gossip forever.
So given the chance to escape into obscurity with her children, Charlotte jumps at the chance.
But her relief is short-lived and Charlotte is horrified when her first love Tom Powell, arrives to investigate the murder.
Why was Edmund Addison killed? And what is the link between his death and a runaway maid?
Finding the answers means Charlotte must leave her safe little world, even at the risk of ruining her reputation.
Can Charlotte conquer her fears and pride to work with the man who broke her heart to put things right including the reason for his disappearance? Or will her involvement put her in a danger she hadn't foreseen?