The sequel to "Tess of the Storm Country," with the same wild background, with its half-gypsy life of the squatters--tempestuous, passionate, brooding. Tess learns the "secret" of her birth and finds happiness and love through her boundless faith in life.
OF ANDY BISHOP
Later in the forenoon, when Tessibel returned home from an errand to Kennedys', she found Daddy Skinner on the bench at the side of the shanty, one horny hand clutching the bowl of a pipe in which the ashes were dead. It took but one sharp glance from the red-brown eyes for Tess to note that his face was white, almost grey; she saw, too, with a quiver of loving sympathy, that his lower lip hung away from his dark teeth as though he suffered. She sprang toward him, and dropped to her knees, at his side.
"Daddy Skinner!" she exclaimed. "Daddy Skinner, ye're sick! Ye're sick, darlin'!... Tell me, Daddy, what air the matter? Tell Tessibel."
She laid her hand tenderly on his chest. His heart was beating a heavy tattoo against the blue gingham shirt.
"Ye hurt here?" she queried breathlessly.
The pipe dropped to the soft sand, and Skinner's crooked fingers fell upon the profusion of red curls. Then he slowly tilted up her face.
"Yep, I hurt in there!" he mutte
This sequel to Tess is very bittersweet. Tess really knows how to keep a promise. Sometimes I just wished that she'd tell and not take undeserved punishment on herself. And what Fredrick did is awful and didn't fit with my previous conception of him. You get to meet new characters in this book and I loved Andy. I'm giving it a 5-star rating because it is a sequel and if you've read Tess it's a must read.