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The Salvaged Heart
 
   
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In 1588, battered by weather and war, a ship of the defeated Spanish Armada comes to grief on the rocks of remote Fair Isle. Freya, a young island widow must help her impoverished peasant community to cope with the invasion of more than two hundred desperate foreign soldiers and sailors. One of the castaways is Cristobal, a fugitive, tormented by a guilty secret, who finds solace in Freya's care. Amidst the privations of this hostile environment, a tender love grows between them.

But as starvation threatens, the precarious relations between inhabitants and invaders are rocked by suspicion and fear. Violence simmers and murder imperils the lives of all on the island.

The stark beauty of the island is a stunning backdrop to this imagined love story inspired by real events.


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