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The Iron Lily

by Barbara Willard

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i found this strange. nothing would happen for ages and i would lose concentration. then suddenly something would happen and i couldn't find it when i went back a bit. ( )
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The Iron Lily (1973) introduces Lilias Forstal. With no inheritance but a crooked shoulder and an iron will, Lilias is a strong and independent woman. She struggles to find her place in the world and to solve the mystery of her birth and identity. Running from home on her mother's death, she has only the lark-and-laurel ring inherited from her mother, as a clue to finding her unknown father. She finds her way to the forest and makes a respected place for herself as head of the iron workings at Plashets, and is known as Master to her workmen. The ring eventually identifies her as a Medley, illegitimate daughter to Piers, though this can never be publicly acknowledged. This link to the Mallory and Medley families connects her more securely to her place and her work, and to old secrets; whilst plans for the future are unfolding for her daughter, Ursula.

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Orphaned in 1557 by the plague and disowned by her "brother's" widow who claims she is not true kin to the family, fifteen-year-old Lilias begins a life-long attempt to identify her true parentage.

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