* Reissue of the first novel by the author of THE GIRLS, a Richard and Judy Bestseller
Re-jacketed after the success of The Girls.
In the spirit of WHITE OLEANDER and THE COLOUR PURPLE, a heart-breaking and page-turning story about a seventy-year old woman who relives her life when a five-year-old girl is abandoned on her doorstep
Sharla Cody is only five but has already had a troubled life. Then she finds herself dumped with an elderly neighbour when her mother takes off for the summer. Although Sharla is not the angelic child Addy Shadd had pictured when she agreed to look after her, the two soon forge a deep bond. To Addy's surprise, Sharla's presence brings back memories of her own childhood in Rusholme, a town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid-1800s.
In the spirit of WHITE OLEANDER and THE COLOUR PURPLE, this is a story about the redeeming power of love and memory, and about two unlikely people who transform each other's lives forever.
'A first novel of exquisite power, honesty and conviction. It's portrait of how much has changed, and how little, over nearly a century, in the realms of race, love, hate and loss, is quite nearly without flaws' Jacquelyn Mitchard
'A powerful and unusual first novel.' HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
'It's some time since I've read a book with the power to captivate me to the point of forgetting what is going on around. An evocative read but ultimately a comforting and hopeful one. And if you're not crying by the end, well, you're a stronger person than me!' IRISH TATLER
'The story's beauty is in its simplicity. Told coldly, without pretension. It reveals Lansens as an honest writer with a convincing knowledge of her characters and chosen period. She takes racism, love, hate, violence and forgiveness in her stride As the novel veers between its two strong narrative threads, it becomes strangely addictive a compelling read.' SUNDAY EXPRESS
A stunning debut novel it more than lives up to all the hype about its "heart-warming qualities' - SUNDAy EXPRESS
Absolutely wonderful - SUNDAY EXPRESS