Emma Price seems doomed to the workhouse after being cruelly raped by a colliery owner. But the kindly folk of Wednesbury take her in and her life is changed forever
Emma Price is only a pit bank wench, but her corn-coloured hair and blue eyes win the love of Paul Felton, younger brother of the colliery owner. Carver Felton has no intention of seeing his brother throw away his future on such a humble girl and savagely rapes Emma, leaving her isolated and pregnant with his bastard child.
It looks as though she is destined for the workhouse, but there are kindly folk in Wednesbury: Emma is taken in by butcher Samuel Hollington and his wife and gives birth to her son, Paul, under their care.
But Carver Felton has not forgotten the girl he wronged. Once he has ruthlessly achieved his business ambitions, he turns his attentions to finding an heir to the Felton fortune - and he determines to track down Emma and her child.
There's a tear in every chapter - Northern Echo
This tale of jealousy and the power of good over evil races to the final paragraph - Coventry Evening Telegraph
A super tale that lingers long in the memory - Bolton Evening News
A compelling historical saga of triumph over injustice. [...] Just right for lovers of Catherine Cookson. - Reading Chronicle and Bracknell News
Meg Hutchinson left school at fifteen and didn t return to education until she was thirty-three, when she entered Teacher Training College and studied for her degree in the evenings. Telling stories and writing compositions have been part of Meg s life since a child and she now indulges this passion in a little cottage in Shropshire.