Years ago Dilly made the devastating decision to give her baby daughter to wealthy local family, the Farthings. She is still living with the consequences of her choice when the daughter she gave away all those years ago turns up on Dilly’s doorstep, with a baby girl in tow, begging for help. Olivia has a secret she only feels safe telling Dilly.
Sworn to secrecy, Dilly agrees to help, delighted to be spending time with her new granddaughter and daughter. She can’t tell Max Farthing, the man who took in Olivia all those years ago and who Dilly has feelings for. For Max has problems of his own: he’s married to Camilla, who has lost leave of her senses. Could Dilly and Max ever come together?
A desperate act to save her family . . .
Dilly is devastated: with her husband unable to work and four children already at home, they cannot afford to feed their new-born baby. Heartbroken, she heads into the night to deliver her baby girl to the Farthing family at the big house. Having just lost their own daughter to measles, the Farthings adopt the baby and offer Dilly a lifeline: a job as a maid.
This act of desperation will change the lives of both families irrevocably – and the onset of WWI even more so. Sons are taken, love is declared, hearts are broken and terrible acts are committed. Through it all, Dilly does everything she can to preserve her family. But when the chance for true love finally comes, will she choose family over her own happiness?
A captivating story of love, family and survival . . .
Life is tough on the cobbled backstreet courtyards of Abbey Street, Warwickshire, in the 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, clever, feisty Maryann is happy there – until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann coping with everything, exhausted and lonely. Especially as Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait.
When things are at their bleakest, Maryann is offered a lifeline: a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall. Though the house is filled with secrets and heartache, there is kindness, too, and to Maryann’s surprise she grows close to Marshall. But their relationship has not gone unnoticed and it threatens to unleash a world of problems on them all . . .
A gripping and emotional WWII drama about three unforgettable women who kept the country moving during its darkest hours.
Dotty has never known a life outside of the orphanage where she grew up, let alone love. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister, now that her brother has gone to war. Annabelle has led a life of privilege but everyone has to pinch the pennies now.
Adjusting to life on the shop-floor at Coventry’s only department store is hard enough, but then the bombs begin to fall… One thing’s for certain, the girls are going to need each other.
From the corridors of a revered mental asylum, to the plains of rural Australia, via a perilous sea voyage. For the sake of two unborn babies…
One dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at Hatter’s Hall, the local mental asylum, not as an inmate but as a worker. Here, she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land-owner. But Isabelle is not insane. She, like many other young women confined within the walls, has been banished here by her family. Hatter’s Hall serves to hide unmarried women, in the family way, from prying eyes…
A dramatic and emotional story of one girl’s struggle to keep her family together, set against the horrors of the WWII.
Bryony Valentine lives at home with her mother Lois, father James and two younger siblings. For as long as Bryony can remember, she has been soft on the boy next door, Eddie, but her best friend Ruth has feelings for him too. When the Luftwaffe begin their bombing campaign of the midlands, Eddie is called up to serve, as is James, and Bryony’s world is torn apart. Each day the telegrams pour in to different families along their street and Bryony can only pray for their safety…
To the outside world, Charlotte is the privileged daughter of the local vicar. Behind closed doors, however, she is the prisoner of her controlling father.
As she grows up, Charlotte longs for freedom, but her captivating innocence leads her into trouble. Sent to Ireland to hide a shameful pregnancy, she discovers that once again her father has deceived her. She is forced into a convent’s harsh and humiliating regime, where she must eventually give up the one thing that makes her life worthwhile.
When Charlotte returns to England, older than her years, she chooses to forget the past. Becoming a London midwife, she longs only to help other women at this hardest and most joyful moment in their lives. But her deep compassion, and desire to prevent anyone else suffering the same horror she did, leads her into a darker and more dangerous place.
An abandoned baby. A damaged child. Can Rebecca escape her broken past?
Abandoned outside a hospital, baby Rebecca didn’t have a good start. When her adoptive mother dies, her greedy aunt takes her in, but hers is not a happy home, and soon Rebecca’s life is worse than ever. She longs to escape to the circus that visits her town, with its carefree life and freedom from her past – but will she ever find happiness?
Sometimes the past really does come back to haunt you . . .
The old manor house has stood empty for years, left to rot since the last master of the Fenton family died. Until Jess Beddows steps inside, and feels she has come home. Against her family’s wishes, she buys the house, promising to bring it back to life. Upstairs, in an attic room left untouched for a century or more, she finds a journal. It holds the heartbreaking tale of Martha, and of the cruel, entangled lives of the house’s servants and masters nearly two hundred years before. As Jess is drawn into their tragedy, the whispers begin. Before long, everything she loves will be threatened by violent emotion and long-kept secrets. Can she survive the echoes from the past?