Josie has overcome poverty and disgrace, but when she returns to her home town, Sunderland, to take up a job, the past and its accusations, are waiting for her.
When she is just a child, Josie Langley is thrown out of her family home with her disgraced father. Her grandfather, whose thriving shipyard was once the pride of Victorian Monkwearmouth, has never forgiven his eldest son for marrying Josie's mother, the serving girl.
Moving from Sunderland to London where she and her mother find kitchen work, Josie struggles against poverty and misfortune -as well as the relentless acts of vengeance of one of the workers sacked from the shipyard who has vowed to hunt the family down.
Courageous and determined, Josie fights back when she is almost in the gutter.
Then her past catches up with her. Lured back to Sunderland, she meets the two men who are to have a devastating impact on her life.
'Colourful . . . authentic . . . in the bestselling tradition of Catherine Cookson.' Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
Irene Carr is posing a serious challenge for the crown vacated by Catherine Cookson - Sunderland Echo on KATY'S MEN
Irene Carr knows the world she recreates in her tales and it shows in the detail . . . Lovers of North East sagas won't be disappointed - Newcastle Evening Chronicle on EMILY
A splendid tale of jealousy, revenge and hard-won love - Bolton Evening News on FANCY WOMAN
A warm-hearted yet gritty saga - Paisley Daily Express on LOVERS MEETING
'This novel has the clear ring of authenticity . . . the depth of the setting gives it its richness.' - Northern Echo on LOVE CHILD