Farah Mendlesohn grew up in Birmingham in the 1970s where she attended the King David Jewish School. She acquired a passion for Birmingham History at school. Later she discovered the world of historical romances. She began writing fiction after teaching creative writing at Middlesex University and then at Anglia Ruskin University for several years and wondering if she could put into practice what she taught. She lives in the Midlands with far too many books, her partner, and two siamese cats.
Everything changes for Ann Gray when her father dies. From mistress of her father's country parsonage, she now must move to her uncle's busy house in Birmingham. Befriending her cousin Louisa is some compensation for freedoms curtailed - but soon Ann must decide between returning to her village home as wife of the new parson Mr. Morden or becoming companion to the deliciously unsettling Mrs. King.