A heartwarming story of love and loss in Victorian Liverpool as a kitchenmaid whose working life began when she was only ten learns the hard way about the world around her.
Celie Marlow begins working in the Latimers' kitchen when she is only ten, learning her art from Mrs Harper. By the age of 18 she has become a talented cook. But when she falls in love with a Latimer, all their lives change with frightening swiftness.
Driven from her home, Celie finds unexpected success in a new venture with her old boss - then loses everything once more. Thrown on to the streets of Liverpool, penniless and desperate, she will have to find her own way.
'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' Lancashire Life
Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller - Lancashire Life
Poignant and well plotted, this is the book to curl up with to shut out troubles - Women's Realm on BEYOND THE SHINING WATER
This saga is, like all of Audrey Howard's books, compelling and memorable . . . a joy to read. - The Historical Novels Review on A PLACE CALLED HOPE
A compelling and well-paced tale - Coventry Evening Telegraph on A FLOWER IN SEASON
Howard's timeless story of love and betrayal is sure to enchant her army of loyal readers - Lancashire Evening Post on PAINTED HIGHWAY
Audrey Howard was born in Liverpool in 1929. Before she began to write she had a variety of jobs, among them hairdresser, model, shop assistant, cleaner and civil servant. In 1981, while living in Australia, she wrote the first of her bestselling novels. Here fourth novel, The Juniper Bush, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 1988.She lives in St Anne's on Sea, her childhood home.