Prequel to Isabelle’s Diary
Isabelle Linden’s parents insist she wed a suitable man. The man they have in mind, Isaac Witherspoon, a curate in a nearby parish is eager to marry. He lusts after Isabelle.
She has a mind of her own and flaunts society’s rules to meet secretly with Sir Harry Manderlin. The lovers vow to remain true to each other while Harry is on an extended business trip to America. He will speak to her father on his return and ask for her hand.
Isabelle discovers she is pregnant. Harry apparently ignores her letters as she pleads for him to marry her. Her father orders her out of the house. Abandoned, alone and penniless, she pens a farewell note to her mother and on a dark, rainy October morning she makes her way into the hills above Llandrindod Wells.