Anna Jacob's riveting new Lancashire saga introduces an unforgettable heroine.
Emmy Carter's mother is a prostitute - and her life has made Emmy determined to avoid the same fate. But Emmy is beautiful, so attracts unwanted attention; her mother's protector has his eye on her, as does evil Marcus Armistead, her employer's nephew. Marcus is excited by Emmy's virginity and has her kidnapped, but Emmy hits him over the head and escapes. Marcus, futher enraged, kills her mother and becomes even more determined to rape Emmy, but the combined efforts of the local parson and Emmy's young suitor manage to keep her safe from harm. Finally Emmy sees Marcus get his just desserts, finds out who her father was, and attains the respectability she has so longed for.
Catherine Cookson fans will cheer! - Peterborough Evening Telegraph on Our Polly
Industrial Lancashire in the 1830s with the daughter of a prostitute determined to avoid her mother's plight - The Bookseller - Paperback Preview
Brilliant, no one can match her writing ability . . . I have just finished reading it, couldn't put it down, it held me absorbed on every page. - Amazon reader on Lancashire Lass
Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia in 1973, but loves to return to England regularly to visit her family and soak up the history. She has two grown-up daughters and now lives with her husband in a spacious waterfront home. Often as she writes, dolphins frolic outside the window of her study. Inside, the house is crammed with thousands of books.