Rita Bradshaw's dramatic storytelling and stunning new packaging appeal to a growing number of fans.
Born into the worst of families in Sunderland s filthy, crime-ridden East End, Pearl Croft s childhood is miserable. Shortly after her violent, drunken father is killed in a fight, Pearl s elder brothers are sent to prison leaving her, still a child herself, to care for her baby brothers. Pearl s mother brings her clients to the house, one of whom has a penchant for little girls... Terrified and hurt, Pearl runs away from home and is found, feverish and near death, by Romany gypsies. But this is far from the end of Pearl s struggles. Years pass, and as Pearl reaches womanhood she begins to wonder if she is simply born to trouble or will she find happiness one day?
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