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North London, November 1913. The storm clouds of war gather overhead, while one brave girl fights to save her family . . .
After her mother dies, Livvie Bone knows it's down to her to support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green in 1913 is hard and full of danger, and one night she needs protection herself. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie can't help but be drawn to him in spite of his unsavoury reputation.
Then Livvie is offered the chance to work at the Barratt's Sweet Factory. Suddenly she has a chance to better herself - and to offer her family a way out. Livvie's fragile beauty hides a formidable strength of character, and it doesn't take long for the factory manager, Lucas, to notice her. He is a man of the world, a sophisticated, compelling character and he can open doors to the kind of life Livvie has only dreamed of. But time is running out, for war is approaching, sweeping everything and everyone up in its remorseless path.
What will Livvie choose - and who will come back to her when the fighting ends?