1731: When his youngest son is killed in a tragic accident, Sir William Keyt, master of Norton House, buries himself in his fortune. He builds a second vast mansion on his grounds, squandering money he does not have on luxury his family does not want.
Keyt has long been blind to the desires of others. His eldest son has fallen in love with their young maidservant, Molly Johnson, a ray of light in a household dimmed by tragedy. Keyt wants Molly for himself and, driven mad with lust and jealousy, he will do anything to have her...
Head of Zeus * Historical Fiction
01 Jun 2013 * 336pp * £4.49 * 9781781852880
'Enough plot twists and racy story lines to make it the new Downton Abbey'
Mail on Sunday
'A powerful story, beautifully told, of love and betrayal, greed and tragedy, which is all the more intriguing because it is rooted in truth'
'Terrific! Debut author Caroline Sandon, who lives at Burnt Norton in Gloucestershire, buried herself in the family archives and wrapped the truth inside this pacey historical novel. Bravo!'
'In this intriguing historical novel, one can make Downton Abbey comparisons but there is a more democratic, humanistic imagination at work here ... a novel about a collision of power, social class and authority in 18th-century England'
'An authentic portrayal of 18th century aristocratic life turned into a pacey read. Could it be the next Downton Abbey?'
Caroline Sandon lives with her family at Burnt Norton in Gloucestershire, a scene of tragedy that inspired T.S. Eliot's famous quartets. When she isn't writing, she works for her own interior design company. This is her first novel.