A compelling north-eastern saga, in the tradition of Josephine Cox. 'Warm, inspired historical writing...a masterful author' North Wales Chronicle.
With the magic of Catherine Cookson, Rita Bradshaw once again enthrals us with her stunning new novel of love and survival.
It s 1926 and the Depression is claiming its victims every day. Hannah and her mother Miriam, who have lived with Hannah s uncle and aunt since her father died, have never really been close. As Hannah develops into a beautiful girl, so Miriam s jealousy and resentment of her grows. At least Hannah can escape to spend time at her friend Naomi s, whose kind mother gives Hannah the affection she so lacks at home. And Hannah is not indifferent to Naomi s handsome, charming brother Joe. But when she is forced to flee her house and the unwanted attention of her uncle, it is the grave, taciturn Jake, Naomi s other brother, who shines through as Hannah s protector
Rita Bradshaw was born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives today. At the age of sixteen she met her husband - whom she considers her soulmate - and they have two daughters and a son and three young grandchildren. Much to her delight, Rita's first attempt at a novel was accepted for publication, and she went on to write many more successful novels under a pseudonym before writing for Headline using her own name.
As a committed Christian and passionate animal-lover Rita has a full and busy life, but her writing continues to be a consuming pleasure that she never tires of. In any spare moments she loves reading, walking, eating out and visiting the cinema and theatre, as well as being involved in her local church and animal welfare