Callum O' Shaughnessy is Liverpool Irish.
Ninth child of a tumultuous, affectionate, mostly devout, sometimes too outspoken family. He has 'got on', working his way up by sheer hard work and dedication to be master of his own ship. Maris Woodall's family know about ships as well. They own them. Along with their kin, the Osbournes, they live the comfortable life of the landed gentry. Callum and Maris, from families that seem fated to meet and collide, are so different in class, experience and even age; ill-matched yet passionately attracted. But as the Depression years of the 1930's give way to World War, everything around them is in a state of violent upheaval that echoes their own stormy love.
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.