Barty Brown runs the best stagecoach out of Norwich, and his daughter Stacey knows it. So she's anxious, once she's finished her studies at Miss Haveringshaw's School, to join him in running Brown's Coaches. But she returns home only to find her position usurped by the mysterious and calculating Simon Keating, who in a matter of months, has moved from stranger to her father's right hand man and confidant. Moreover, even the unconventional Barty finds it hard to resist nineteenth century ideas of propriety when it comes to his only child, and he sends Stacey off to his sister's home in the country to find a suitable husband. Stacy, who feels stifled in her Aunt Eustacia's parlour and misses the comfortable hustle and bustle at home, plots and fumes to regain her rightful place by her father's side. But she finds herself frustrated at each attempt to oust the interloping Simon. Then fate intercedes, and Stacey suddenly finds herself working alongside Simon to fight Seth Pymer, Brown's underhanded competitor. Why has a once peaceful, though bitter, rivalry suddenly escalated into a vicious war? And why does the start of Pymer's violence seem to coincide with Simon's arrival at Brown's? Stacey grapples with these problems as she realizes that she is losing her heart to Simon. But she must also risk losing the company and her life before these questions are answered, in this delightful first novel that culminates in a thrilling race and features the most engaging heroin e to come along in recent years.
Used availability for Patricia Burns's Stacey's Flyer
January 1986 : USA Hardback
November 1985 : UK Hardback
March 1986 : UK Paperback