A saga set in the hills above Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District, telling the story of a girl who struggles to survive on a lonely hill farm in the late 1840s and early 1850s. The story will continue in the next generation in Annie's Girl.
The heroine is Annie Abbott, daughter and only child of a poverty-stricken hill farmer and his downtrodden wife, who runs away with a theatrical group at the age of 15. Annie returns to Browhead, the beautiful lonely hill farm above Bassenthwaite Lake, with only her pride and her baby daughter to sustain her. Her parents are dead, her old friends dare not be seen with an unmarried mother and the other farmers will lnot help a woman who presumes to buy sheep and raise crops without a husband at her side.
Except for one man. Reed Macaulay, son of the district's most prosperous landowner, knows that Annie is the only woman he will ever love. Secretly, he helps her any way he can.
Secretly, because Reed has promised to marry another woman . . .
'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' Lancashire Life
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 HOP
Among the dross that constitutes the Liverpool saga market for women, Howard's enjoyable 19th-century historical romance of crossed love shines out. - Daily Mail
Poignant and well plotted, this is the book to curl up with to shut out troubles. - Woman's Realm on BEYOND THE SHINING WATER
Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller - Lancashire Life
Life and middle class living in Liverpool in the early 1900's is the colourful backcloth for the latest novel from this master storyteller - Coventry Evening Telegraph
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.