A warm-hearted saga of family secrets and lies in Sunderland during the early years of the twentieth century.
Alison Grant is just five when her father is sent to prison for murder. Her mother blackens his character and when she's taunted at school for being a jailbird's daughter she feels ashamed of him.
Then Doreen Grant abandons Alison and the little girl goes to live with her grandmother, the housekeeper at Bellhanger House. And when she becomes friends with the owner's nephew, she tells him her mother is dead and her father is a ship's captain.
It is the beginning of a new life of betrayal and deception, which continues when Alison leaves Bellhanger House after her grandmother's death. She begins to dream of owning a chain of caf s and becoming a lady.
But her family's shaming secret will come back to haunt her once more.
'A serious challenge for the crown vacated by Catherine Cookson.' Sunderland Echo
A warm-hearted yet gritty saga - Paisley Daily Express on LOVERS MEETING
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
Irene Carr is posing a serious challenge for the crown vacated by Catherine Cookson - Sunderland Echo on KATY'S MEN
In the tradition of Catherine Cookson, strong on plot and character - Sunderland Echo on EMILY