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The Feast of July
Bella Ford is a young woman who is seduced then abandoned by Arch Wilson in late 19th century England. Pregnant, Bella wanders in search for her lover. She gives birth to a child, who dies. Bella then arrives as a homeless and friendless stranger in town in the Midlands. She is rescued and befriended by Ben Wainwright, a shoemaker, and his family. Bella is welcomed into the family and becomes like a daughter to them, especially after their own dau...