When Laura Page returns to the remote Holderness village of Welwick, it is to try and discover the mystery of her mother Susannah's early life. Now a prosperous businesswoman in Hull, Susannah never speaks of her childhood. When she was brought up with the terrible stigma of bastardy - of being nobody's child.
Susannah's own mother, Mary-Ellen, born into poverty and living in a labourer's cottage, had the misfortune to fall in love with a local landowner's son. She was his one and only great love, but was unable to acknowledge their child and had to watch her growing up in hardship.
As the years passed and Laura began to be curious about her mother's past, so too did she become aware of the mystery about her own father.
About the Author
Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire and now lives in a village near the east coast. She is the author of The Hungry Tide, winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction, Annie, Children of the Tide, The Romany Girl, Emily, Going Home, Rosa's Island, The Doorstep Girls, Far From Home, The Kitchen Maid and The Songbird.
"Valerie Wood's skill takes you through a complicated plot to a magical ending ... a page-turner of the best kind." -- Elizabeth Gill Mslexia 20070101 "This is a story of passion, adversity, heartbreak and enduring love." Historical Novels Review