The Miner's Wife
Set in the Yorkshire Dales, The Miner's Wife by Diane Allen is a sweeping historical saga novel.
Seventeen-year-old Meg Oversby often dreams of a more exciting life than the dull existence she faces at her family’s farm deep in the Yorkshire Dales. Growing up, she’s always sensed her father’s disappointment at not having a son to help with the farm work.
So when Meg dances all night at the local market hall with Sam Alderson, a lead miner from Swaledale, a new light enters her life. Sam and his brother Jack show Meg a side to life she didn’t know existed. But when her parents find out, she’s forbidden from ever seeing them again.
Although where there is love, there is often a way. When Meg’s uncle offers her the chance of helping to run the small village shop, she leaps at the opportunity, seeing it as a way to escape the oppressive family farm and see more of her beloved Sam. But as love blossoms, a darker truth emerges and Meg realizes that Sam may not be the man she thought he was . . .
In the media
If you are a lover of historical sagas and the sweep of the northern hills and their romance, then this novel is definitely for you
Historical Novel Society
An enthralling tale packed with emotion, drama and the harsh realities of life in nineteenth-century northern England