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Gilding the Lily: A captivating saga of love, sisters and tragedy

Rita Bradshaw

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Fiction, Sagas, Historical fiction

A compelling north-eastern saga, in the tradition of Josephine Cox.


Lily and Sarah Brown s childhood is an unhappy one. Sarah escapes by marrying Ralph Turner, a Sunderland dock worker, but Lily doesn t trust Ralph a dark volatile man with a hidden cruel streak. When he tries to seduce Lily on his wedding day, her worst fears are confirmed.


Ralph s younger brother John is cut from a different cloth, though, and Lily is increasingly drawn to him. But just when Lily sees a future for them, a terrible incident destroys her happiness. Heartbroken, Lily agrees to accompany the family she works for as a nursemaid to New York. As Lily boards RMS Titanic little does she realise that her decision will change the course of her life for ever...

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Rita Bradshaw

Rita Bradshaw was born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives today with her husband. She has written many successful novels under a pseudonym and several delightful sagas under her own name.

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