A story of a servant girl who falls in love above her station set in Sunderland in the early part of the twentieth century, this story will remind readers of Catherine Cookson's bestselling novels.
On her deathbed Lucy's mother tells her the secret she has kept hidden from her rough, seafaring husband: Lucy is the love child of a gentleman naval officer.
Struggling to keep her siblings in clothes and food and to keep her alleged father's drinking and gambling at bay Lucy seeks work in the Buchanan house, which she visited as a child. And where she first met the shipbuilder's deceitful son and his orphaned nephew.
The boys have both grown into handsome young men. And Lucy finds it hard to distinguish the motives behind their attentions. Torn between commitment and desire, Lucy also finds that misfortune, misunderstanding and missed opportunity will conspire to keep her away from her true love - her one real friend.
'Colourful . . . authentic . . . in the bestselling tradition of Catherine Cookson.' Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
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
'This novel has the clear ring of authenticity . . . the depth of the setting gives it its richness.' - Northern Echo on LOVE CHILD