Growing up in extreme poverty in London, Pearl thinks life can get no worse. But when her parents discover there’s yet another baby on the way, they have to tighten the belt even further. Pearl’s mother decides to send her and her younger sister Eliza to the workhouse, where they are forced into a new life of hardship and struggle.
Pearl’s hopes are raised when the workhouse offers the sisters a new life in Canada and they board an orphan ship transporting unwanted children across the seas. Pearl hopes their luck has finally changed when she and Eliza are hired by the kindly Mrs Forbes to work in her grand house together. But when Pearl meets their mistress’s bullying son Monty he reveals he will stop at nothing to make her life a misery.
Will Pearl ever find the home she so craves?
With all her signature warmth, wonderful characters and unforgettable drama, start this brand new chapter in the storytelling of Rosie Goodwin, Britain’s best-loved saga author
When Opal Sharp’s parents die from an illness and she suddenly finds herself penniless, homeless and caring for her three younger siblings, she thinks things can get no worse.
But soon it becomes clear her younger siblings are both struck down with the same virus her parents. Not knowing where to turn, and with the promise of a doctor to treat them, Opal sends little Susie and Jack to the local workhouse.
In a bid to get them back, their teenaged brother Charlie starts taking some risks and soon finds himself being arrested for theft. Opal’s heart is broken when her brother is sent to a penal colony in Australia.
Will she ever see her family again?
Kathy has grown up at Treetops home for children, where Sunday and Tom Branning have always cared for her as one of their own. She enjoys her life at Treetops Manor, surrounded by her beloved horses, and with a future as a nurse ahead of her, she could wish for nothing more.
Her foster sister Livvy is not as driven as Kathy. Sunday is keen to see both her girls married, but Livvy has no intentions of settling down and would much rather spend time with her friends. When Kathy falls for the wrong man, her ambitions are soon forgotten as she embarks on a secret affair.
The Branning family is overwhelmed with grief when Tom dies suddenly in a riding accident. The running of the estate falls into chaos and life at Treetops will never be the same again. As their financial difficulties begin to mount, they are forced to leave their home.
The women of Treetops think that things can’t get any worse. But then it is announced that the country is at war once more . . .
When Holly Farthing’s overbearing grandfather tries to force her to marry a widower twice her age, she finally says no. After he refuses to support her any longer, Holly flees to London, bringing her best friend and maid, Ivy, with her.
In the big smoke, Holly searches for the father she’s never met and begins nurse training in the local hospital. There she meets the dashing Doctor Parkin. Kind and compassionate, he is everything Holly has ever dreamt of.
When Doctor Parkin proposes, Holly finally feels like she’ll have the family she so longs for. But soon, she discovers some shocking news that means they can never be together, and her life is suddenly thrown into turmoil. Supporting the war effort, she heads to France and throws herself into volunteering on the front line.
Can Holly ever find the happiness she so truly deserves?
Thursday’s child has far to go . . .
Eighteen-year-old Flora Butler is going up in the world. She has the prized position of lady’s maid to young Constance Ogilvie, and is able to provide for her beloved parents and four younger siblings. She has even fallen in love, and though she does not feel quite ready to marry the charming Jamie Branning, her future seems clear.
But Flora’s life is turned upside down when her mistress’s father dies in a tragic accident. Connie is forced to move to New York to live with her aunt until she comes of age, and begs Flora to go with her. Flora has never left the country before, and now faces a difficult decision – give up her position, or leave her family behind. But when her beau lets her down, her mind is made up.
Soon Connie and Flora head for Southampton to board the RMS Titanic…
Wednesday’s child is full of woe . . .
Nessie Carson will do anything to keep her family together after her mother is killed, her father abandons them and they are evicted from their cosy little Nuneaton home. She and her brothers and sisters take on jobs as live-in assistants to a local undertaker. Nessie is soon entwined in the fortunes of her employer, Andre, who is forced to live a lie, and the local doctor – someone she’s attracted to but can never have. But even in the darkest of times, and saddest of places, when you’re as spirited as Nessie Carson, there is light, love and the promise of happiness if you’re only brave enough to search for it . . .
Will delight fans of Dilly Court, Katie Flynn and Catherine Cookson.
#2 Sunday Times bestselling author Rosie Goodwin is back with this year’s perfect Mother’s Day treat!
Tuesday’s child is full of grace . . .
Pious young Grace Kettle escapes the world of her unsavoury and bullying father to train to be a nun. But when she meets the dashing and devout Father Luke her world is turned upside down. Her faith is tested and she is driven to make a scandalous and life-changing choice – one she may well spend the rest of her days seeking forgiveness for . . .
Will delight fans of Dilly Court, Katie Flynn and Catherine Cookson.
From Sunday Times bestselling author of Mothering Sunday, Rosie Goodwin, comes the next in this heartwarming and heartbreaking Christmas treat.
Left on the doorstep of Treetops Children’s Home, young Kitty captures the heart of her guardian, Sunday Branning, who has never been blessed with a child of her own. Kitty brings sunshine and joy wherever she goes, and grows into a beguiling and favoured young girl. But then Kitty is summoned to live in London with her birth mother.
At first London offers Kitty excitement and adventure. With her delicate beauty and the voice of an angel, she attracts a promising singing career and the attention of a number of dashing suitors.
But those now close to Kitty are not what they seem, and her comforting old home at Treetops starts to feel very far away. If Kitty is to have any chance of happiness, this little angel must protect herself from devils in disguise . . . and before it’s too late.
ALL SHE WANTS IS SOMEONE TO CALL HER OWN
Fourteen-year-old Sunday Small has never lived outside the Nuneaton workhouse. The regime is cruel, and if it weren’t for Miss Beau – who comes in every week to teach the children their letters – and her young friend Daisy, Sunday’s life wouldn’t be worth living. And now she’s attracted the unwelcome attention of the workhouse master.
With no choice but to leave behind everything she knows, Sunday strikes out on her own to make her fortune and to fulfil her promise to come back for Daisy. And, secretly she dreams of finding the long-lost mother who gave her away.
But she’s about to discover that, try as she might to escape, the brutal world of the workhouse will not let her go without a fight . . .
The heartwrenching and uplifiting tale of one girl’s courage and spirit as she battles to save her family in the face of enormous odds.
Ginny is devastated by the death of her mother, her two little brothers and her sister – but her father is destroyed by the loss. After a series of drunken mistakes, her father is imprisoned for murder, and Ginny and her little brother Charlie lose the only home they’ve ever known.
Worse is to come. Charlie is only eight years old and has a weak chest. Ginny is determined to keep him with her, but he is taken to the workhouse before she has a chance to save him. Lonely and desperate, Ginny wanders the streets of Nuneaton. She finds honest work at the pie shop – until she is forced to fight off the unwanted advances of the baker and she’s out on the streets.
It’s only then that she remembers her father’s final words – the housekeeper of Lamp Hill Hall will help her. Soon Ginny is employed as a laundry maid, the very lowest rung of the ladder. Her beauty and grace mean that she catches the eye of the house’s mistress, who raises Ginny up to play lady’s maid to the difficult and demanding Miss Diana. All Ginny wants is to find her brother – and it will take all her strength of heart and courage to bring her family together again.