Pilgrims Rest, a historical novel by Michael Nicholson | Apostrophe Books

When Mary Llewellyn’s husband is killed in a battle between Welsh and English miners in poverty-stricken Wales, she resolves to forge a new life in the South African sun with her children.

However, after overcoming a dangerous journey beset by snakes, crocodiles and hostile warriors, all is not as they had hoped in the village of Pilgrims Rest. Change is on the move in 1870s South Africa and Mary, Huw, Ianto, William and baby Tom are right in the middle of it.

Battle breaks out first between the Zulus and the English, then the English and the Boers. And as Ianto’s hatred of the people who killed his father causes him to take up arms for the Boers, brother is pitted in battle against brother.

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“Since they had sailed from Dartmouth she could not look at the sea and the grey tricks it played. But now, as they rounded the Cape of Good Hope, she felt settled for the first time. She saw the sky and sea were the same blue, joining each other on a cloudless horizon and she gripped the handrail tight with both hands and held her face up to the large evening sun to smell the spray better. It was no hazard now and it did not threaten but tasted sweet on her lips, sweet, when for so many painful weeks it had tasted only of salt and bitter bile. She filled her chest with air and was surprised. They said there was no land for at least a hundred miles and yet the air was heavy with the perfume of flowers.”

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