The Great Level by Stella Tillyard: Bookmark in Spalding's Book of the Week
In 1649, Jan Brunt, a Dutchman, arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level, an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country near Ely.
It is here he meets Eliza, whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance forces him to see the world differently.
Jan flees to the New World, where the spirit of avarice is raging and his skills as an engineer are prized.
Then one spring morning a boy delivers a note that prompts him to remember the fens, and confront all that was lost there.
This is a dramatic story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart.
Their journeys, like the century they inhabit, are filled with conflict, hard graft and adventure.
The Great Level by Stella Tillyard (RRP £8.99) is available from Bookmark in Spalding at £6.99. There's an extra 20% off the book in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale August 15-21).