Set in Oldham in the years after World War I, this is a story of an milll-girl who is torn between two very different worlds.
Her happy childhood shattered forever by the Great War, mill-worker Molly O'Dowd is left to fend for herself and make her own way in an unforgiving world.
But her startling good looks attract the attention of Tim Broadbent, factory owner and heir to the grand estate of Meddins. Their passionate marriage catapults Molly into a luxurious new life where every one of her dreams seems to come true.
Then tragedy strikes - and Molly seems destined to lose everything once more. Will she ever be able to find the happiness that has eluded her for so long
'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.