About the book:
Newly widowed Jessica faces destitution along with her teenage daughters until Captain Parnell offers her a role of landlady at his boarding house while he is away with the navy. Jessica’s youngest daughter, Amelia, becomes a companion to the frivolous Mrs Webster and attracts the attention of two brothers, but as a penniless young woman is she more appealing as a mistress rather than a wife? Lydia, the eldest daughter, wishes she could have been born a boy so she could train as a surgeon and marry her best friend, Miss Thomas. Meanwhile, Jessica has established an increasingly affectionate correspondence with Captain Parnell but can she learn to love again after her husband’s betrayal? A tale of rebuilding life after loss and shaping your own destiny.