Bitter Inheritance

Written by Ann Cliff
Review by Sara Wilson

Sally Mason faces losing her farm home when her parents die leaving her penniless. In spite of her pleas her landlord, Oliver Radford, seems determined to evict her because of the bitter feud existing between their families.

Things look up when Sally takes in two paying guests and she is befriended by a young man called Marcus. But a series of “accidents” and the discovery that Marcus is Oliver’s son make it unlikely that Sally will keep the farm. Only some luck, love and the solving of an old murder mystery can save the day.

Ann Cliff has used her background in farming to good effect in this Victorian drama—the setting has an authentic feel and her characters sit well in their landscape. The murder mystery gives an added dimension to what could have been just a straightforward regional saga. An enjoyable read.