They were called the terrorists of Victorian Manchester, enforcing their bricklayer union rules.
Described as hell on earth, Manchester in 1866 was the hub of industrialization in England. Its chimneys rose high above the landscape, spewing out smoke from the factories. While men, women, and children spun cotton in the mills, bricklayers built the workhouses, warehouses, and terraced residences of the city. They were skilled in their craft but also experts in enforcing the rules of their union demands, hoping to escape the bondage of serfdom to gain a better life. Born into obscurity and a descendant of men who slung mortar from their trowels as a trade, William Leighton, swore that one day he would rise above his poverty-ridden class. The means by which he chose to climb out of the slums differed from his brother, who believed that violence was the only way to bring about change and close the gap between laborers and masters. The clash of siblings reveals the struggles of mid-nineteenth century Manchester amidst the laborers who built the city.
Writer's Digest (Judge's Critique) wrote:
A must-read for fans of dramatic and historical fiction dealing with social issues and family relationships.
A well-written story and readers who enjoy the triumphs of hard work, the context of historicals, and the adventures that happen when a character decides to change their destiny will be really satisfied and have a lot to escape into and enjoy. (Writer's Digest Judge's Commentary)