Audrey won the RNA Prize for THE JUNIPER BUSH. She was shortlisted for both AS THE NIGHT ENDS and THE SEASONS WILL PASS.
Charlotte Drummond knows she has a duty to obey her father. Girls, especially well-bred upper-class ones, are expected to be submissive to the men in their lives.
But Charlotte s father is a cruel man, viciously beating her and her brothers for the slightest reason. He even wants to marry her off, at just sixteen years old, to a man she does not love. Lion-hearted Charlotte wants to defy him but to protect her brothers from his fury she agrees to become the wife of Brooke Armstrong.
Charlotte does not understand that Brooke adores her, and that he would never have forced his enchanting new wife to agree to the match. As they begin their ill-starred marriage, Brooke welcomes her brothers into his home and sets out to make her love him. And when Charlotte turns her back on her social duties to turn the Dower House into a home for Wakefield s fallen women his patience is tested to the limit.
Only when tragedy strikes will she will be able to admit that she loved him from the moment they met. But will it be too late?
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
A fast-moving glorious story . . . The story twists and turns. As ever, Audrey Howard treats us to lovely details . . . It is so sad, sweet and lively too . . . Another true gem. - North Wales Chronicle on WHISPERS ON THE WATER
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. She lives in St Anne's on Sea, her childhood home.