A mother’s battle to bring home her family, divided by the Second World War
Although the war lets her escape her husband when he’s sent to the front, Maggie must also lose her twins, Danny and Lizzie, as they’re evacuated to North Wales. Lizzie seems to be in the perfect family, while Danny is left with a man who seems to resent his presence. But appearances can be deceptive, and while Maggie struggles to survive the bombings at home, her children face danger of a different kind.
Alex never stood a chance. After one ‘accident’ too many, he’s taken into care aged four. Although his mother promises to get him back, he’s adopted by a childless couple and renamed Franky. It should be a fresh start, but his new dad has a twisted idea of fatherhood. Abused and alone, Franky escapes – but his freedom is short-lived, and after a series of foster homes no one can get through to him. He says he’s ‘the boy from nowhere’, but deep down he’s still waiting for his mum to take him home.
Franky slips into a dangerous world on the streets of London, earning a living the only way he can. One day he might find a way out, but can he ever trust again?
Despite her success as a writer, Maisie’s life has never been easy. But with the help of Hamilton, the imaginary horse she conjures up to escape harsh reality, her humour and courage pull her through. Now married to Tommy, Maisie’s hopes of happiness are shattered when he becomes jealous and controlling – threatening even her relationship with her beloved adopted son, Harold.
After a tragic accident, Maisie reluctantly agrees to move back to her home town of Fellburn, Tyneside, for a fresh start. But her husband’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and one of his new employees, a strange man nicknamed the Sand Dancer, strikes fear into her heart every time she meets him. Maisie begins to avoid his place of work, little realises that Tommy is concealing something so terrible it could destroy everything she holds dear..
Rosie Goodwin’s heartwarming addition to Catherine Cookson’s series.
Tilly Trotter seems to have finally found lasting happiness in her engagement to Steve McGrath. But just as everything falls into place for Tilly it seems to be falling apart for her loved ones…
A heartbreaking tale of abuse, courage and, above all, the redemptive power of love.
Claire Nightingale is haunted by the memory of childhood abuse and the painful choices she was forced to make. Longing to find peace, she knows she must first confront her demons.
Rosie Goodwin’s dramatic addition to Catherine Cookson’s series.
Each and every generation of the Mallen family has been beset by unhappiness and tragedy – it is said that they are cursed by the dramatic white streak in their jet-black hair. Now, the horror of World War One has finally come to an end and, as with so many other families, the Mallen family has been devastated by loss, injury, and memories that are almost too terrible to bear. But even as they struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of war, secrets and lies from generations past will come to light – causing destruction of a different kind…
A story of one woman’s struggle to survive the unthinkable.
Born on a Friday, Sophie Winters has always been a loving and giving child, who’d do anything for her family. Yet her father, Bill, has always seemed to resent her. For her mother’s sake, Sophie learns to live with Bill’s animosity – until the night he drunkenly forces himself upon her.
Left pregnant and ashamed at seventeen, Sophie doesn’t know where to turn. So when she meets the charming Ben Lewis and he offers her refuge at his mother’s hotel, she accepts. At first it seems that Ben and his mother are quite the good Samaritans. But there is little goodness in the Lewises’ hearts. As Sophie realises their dark intentions, a web of danger and deceit wraps itself around her. She knows if she is to survive, she will have to fight for all she’s worth…
A powerful and moving story of adversity and survival.
Barry and Grace marry and, for a while, she knows happiness. Barry adores her and is a wonderful father, but Grace feels that something is missing. When Barry indulges her passion for ballroom dancing, the gap seems to be filled – until she meets Philip Golding. He sweeps Grace off her feet, showing her what she believes is a better way of life. But as he draws her into a web of deceit, she discovers that all that glitters is not gold…
A harrowing tale of abuse, neglect . . . and hope.
At just twenty years old, Claire McMullen is the new owner of the Seabourne Hotel. She’s a mystery to everyone around her – and that’s how she wants to keep it. Abused as a child and forced to sell her body to survive, Claire has built a barrier around herself that she is sure no one will ever penetrate.
But folks are curious about why such an attractive young woman would move to Blackpool to run a hotel. Where are her friends? Her family? Claire is determined to keep the truth from them all until she attracts the attention of wealthy businessman, Gregory Nightingale, and she finds her past coming back to haunt her…
Rosie Goodwin’s heartwarming and powerful first novel.
Louise Hart has endured a great deal of pain from her callous husband Paul, but one cold December night in 1959 she can take no more. She and her son Davey escape their Coventry high-rise flat and flee to Tanglewood, the dilapidated ivy-clad mansion where her mother Dolly runs an animal sanctuary. Miserable and frightened, Louise longs to turn her back on the past, and create a happy new life for Davey. But Paul is in trouble with men more dangerous than himself. Unable to pay his debts, he blackmails Louise and those who love her, keeping a shadowy presence in their lives. Even the arrival of Charlie Fox, a stranger who becomes a true friend, cannot guarantee that the future will be safe…