Mrs McKeiver's Secrets

Mrs McKeiver's Secrets

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Set on Watling Street, in a fictional area of limestone hills, Mrs McKeivera€™s Secrets is a microcosm of England in the late 18th century a€“ where all the problems facing rural villages are considered. This includes the horror of landlessness, the price of food and the threat of starvation as a once settled rural community is rocked to its core by the effects of the Hills' Enclosure Act 1795. Mrs McKeiver has lived in the Hills for twenty years. Enough time for her to be accepted as the local midwife. She treats her women with herbal remedies, of her own making, and most importantly, with love. By 1799, after two bad harvests and four years of landlessness, she manages to get more organised help for desperately poor families. As an observant midwife, she encourages the Reverend Reeves and local farmers to contribute to the provision of any meat and spare food, for those on Parish Poor Relief. The Parish House has problems of the worse kind, with a heartless overseer; its women and orphaned children needing her help. In amongst, she has to deal with two pressing problems herself. Firstly, how does she increase her paltry income? Wheat prices are rising daily and meals are becoming more difficult, even for her and, secondly, will she have to marry again, to feed herself and her crippled adult son? And if so, to whom?She was more excited than Hester about the wedding and gabbled herusual questions, once inside their room. a€œWhat did hea#39;doa#39; Hester? Comeon, tell us.a€she whispered, in her sniggering way, the dewdrop on her turned upnose ready to fall , anbsp;...

Title:Mrs McKeiver's Secrets
Author:Margaret Morgan
Publisher:Troubador Publishing Ltd - 2012-09-01


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