Before the Rose,
…the Gypsy’s curse.
They say the sins of the fathers fall on the sons, but what of the sins of the mothers…
Mary always manages to get her own way. As a child, she is stubborn and determined, acts without thinking, and never considers the consequences of her actions.
The old Mother tries to explain to her that what she says and does will come back to her three times over, good or bad.
When she angers her common sense and control disappear and she acts without thinking, and then she worries about the old mothers words. When Mary helps her older sister Coralina to run away with the miller’s son, she is blamed for not telling her father.
Johnny her childhood sweetheart has a calming influence on her, and later they marry and have a child, a beloved daughter Rosa. When she is fourteen, her sweetheart Eddie, carves a piece of wood into the shape of a rose and gives it to Rosa as a token of his love. Later they marry at the Tinkers Heart, in Cairndow, and it’s a time of celebration for all.
Mary, a natural witch, practices healing, and casts simple, personal spells, but she continually forgets the power of her words, her deeds, and her actions.
She utters a vile curse, which continues to haunt a family to this day, but it haunted Mary too and her thoughtlessness repays her when she least expects it, in tragic and heartbreaking ways.
This fascinating romantic suspense will keep you hooked to the very end and leave you wanting more This charming mysterious love story set in and around Glasgow and Ayrshire.
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