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Bridles Lane by Johanna Craven
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it was amazing

Inspired by true events, author Johanna Craven has spun a historically chilling tale of lies, manipulation, religion, superstition, smuggling, shipwrecks and debt in 18th century Cornwall.
Orphan Scarlett Bailey is delivered from a children's home by Isaac, an older brother she didn't know she had. Raised in a superstitious community where shipwrecks and smuggling go hand-in-hand, Scarlett grows, and despite being fueled by an anger she calls The Wild, she saves the life of an injured sailor, Asher Hales, from a Dead Wreck. At first, to preserve his life, she must keep him a secret. Little does she know who he really is and what truly happened on that wreck. There are many machinations, many stories within the story.
"The tales grow legs. Fairy tales become truths. A haunted coast, the people say. Men refuse to ride Bridle's Lane at night. Reverend Dodge has become a legend."
In town there is a host of interesting characters, from the Reverend Richard Dodge and his fiery sermons and contrived exorcisms, protecting the population from ghosts, corpse candles and the spirits of the dead, to Flora Kelly, a headstrong widow, and daughter of a so-accused witch who wants to reopen an inn, the Mariner's Arms.
"These fools, he'd thought, clinging to fairy tales that make their dark world glitter. But now he sees with sickening clarity. He has fallen for the myth he had been so desperate to believe."
The writing in Bridle's Land is crisp and rich, drawing the reader into the time period. It's an eerie tale set in a troubled point of history for the poor and indentured, debts passed down from parents to children, binding them to lives they would not choose for themselves. It is a difficult book to put down. And after what I read at the end, I look forward to the next book in the series.
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Reading Progress

October 27, 2018 – Started Reading
October 27, 2018 – Shelved
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November 15, 2018 – Finished Reading

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