Mary's Child, the first novel by Irene Carr, tells the story of an orphaned girl who discovers a mysterious connection to the heir to a Sunderland shipyard. The stand-alone sequel, Chrissie's Children, is also a Hodder novel.
Set in the bustling shipbuilding community of Sunderland at a time of turmoil abroad and grinding poverty at home, this is the unforgettable story of Chrissie.
Adopted at birth by caring parents, she has a rosy childhood and is determined to work hard and succeed. Until tragedy strikes, throwing her on the mercy of a family where the new woman of the house has every intention of getting rid of her - by whatever means it takes.
Penniless and desperate, Chrissie struggles to support herself as the Victorian years give way to the outbreak of the Great War. And hanging over the throughout her many ordeals is the mystery of her true parents and her connection with the likes of Jack Ballantyne, heir to a local shipyard.
Whatever destiny throws her way, Chrissie and Jack find their paths continue to cross.
'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