01 February 2010
The Mettlesome Piece by Anne Hepple is a wonderful old romance, one where honour is valued and rewarded. It is set in Britain after WWII, but instead of going on about austerity and the changing times, it is about love. Hepple uses quotations to good effect, and builds a complex, courageous hero in the amnesia affected Saunders. The heroine, Heth, might be a mettlesome piece, but she is also vulnerable, trying to hide her tender heart. This isn't a category romance, so it includes sub plots and relationships, but the satisfaction of the story is Heth and Saunders' love.