One dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at the local mental asylum, Hatter's Hall, not as an inmate but as a worker. Here, she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land-owner. But Isabelle is not insane. She, like many other young women confined within the solitary walls, has been banished here by her family. Hatter's Hall hides unmarried women, in the family way, from prying eyes? As the women?s lives become entwined, they realise the perils of their predicament and plan an escape. There is one person who can help them, Isabelle?s brother Joshua ? who can barely keep his eyes off Maria ? in search of a new life. For if they stay at Hatter?s Hall, there?s every chance they might never leave?
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