Merlys by Barbara Pontin
This is the story of a fiery and headstrong young girl who embarks on a journey of adventure and discovery across South Wales in the 18th century.
Merlys and her older brother Jeremy run away from their comfortable and secure home in a Welsh valley after disagreeing with their father over his plans for their future.
They head to the coast, seeking help from their aunt, only to find their lives in danger when Merlys overhears two men talking. One of them – a packman selling buttons, lace and ribbons to farmer’s wives and daughters – is the leader of a gang of thieves, murderers and wreckers.
Merlys learns of their next crime, inspired by information gleaned from idle gossip about wealthy travellers and well-
Arriving at the relative safety of their aunt’s home, Merlys and Jeremy soon learn that danger continues to stalk them.
As the criminal underworld of a sleepy coastal town closes in, only time will tell if they both will find peace and, ultimately, happiness.
Also available on Kindle.
About the Author
Barbara Pontin has lived in South Wales all of her life. She started writing Merlys back in the mid 70s but to her anguish the original manuscript disappeared. It was only some time later (in 2011) that she found it again and was able to complete the story ready for publishing. Barbara is now in her eighties and enjoys spending time with her family as well as making delicious Welsh cakes!