Published: 15/08/2017
ISBN: 9781788032629
Format: Paperback

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Hearts on Fire
by Audrey Pembroke

Set in Dorset in 1834 against a background of political unrest, Hearts on Fire is a novel that draws from historical events to create a gripping and unforgettable love story. The story takes place during a time when poverty was rife and demonstrations were quashed with harsh punishments. One group of men, known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, stood alone battling the perverse wage cuts that had reduced their families to starvation. For daring to swear an oath of fidelity to their cause, these men were sentenced to seven years’ transportation. This led to thousands of people marching through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

Against this turbulent political background, Audrey’s protagonist Hetty Cauldon is determined to escape her poverty. She dreams of a life with Will Freer, a young quarryman whose ambition is to succeed in business, but her love is unrequited. The two become caught up in the cause for the Tolpuddle Martyrs, both with a yearning for something beyond their reach and embark on a journey of self-recognition until they find their true selves.

Inspired by Audrey’s love of history in general, and local history in particular, Hearts on Fire is the sequel to Hearts of Stone and uses extensive historical research to inform the events of the story. It will be enjoyed by fans of historical and romance fiction, as well as any with a fondness for Dorset.

Praise for Hearts of Stone:
“The background is well-researched but information doesn’t intrude. An engrossing read.” – The Historical Novels Review
“Her grasp of the history of 19th century Dorset is a revelation” – Flair for Words
“A powerful and absorbing novel” – Purbeck Notebook

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Hearts on Fire is being well received by my local customers. Counting the ten books taken by the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum I have emptied two boxes so far. This is before the review which is due for publication in September issue of the Purbeck Gazette.

The new Swanage librarian has asked me to give a talk, no date set as yet.

October 4th:
At my church's Harvest Supper (Friday last) I sold and signed a few more books. I mounted a display of some of my previous works, and to complete it I had to borrow two of my own books from the library. So I do know, after some years, they are still being borrowed.

The Purbeck Gazette

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