A dramatic and emotional saga set in 1950s Essex from a great new voice
The BRAND NEW wartime saga from the much-loved author of THE TILBURY POPPIES. Perfect for fans of Annie Murray and Donna Douglas
Will she sacrifice her dreams to care for her family?
Keep the family together, that's what her old mum always said. Put up and shut up. And that's what everyone else did around there.
Flo earns her money as a scrubber, cleaning the cruise ships and dreaming of a day when she might sail away from her life in the Dwellings, the squalid tenements of Tilbury docks. Then the Blundell family are evicted from their home.
Fred, Flo's husband, finds work at Monday's, a utopian factory town. Suddenly, it seems like everything is on the up for Flo Blundell and her children. Even Jeanie, Flo's sulking teenage daughter, seems to be thawing a little in her shiny new surroundings. But when Fred starts drinking again, he jeopardises the family's chance to escape poverty for good.
Flo is faced with a terrible decision. Must she fight to keep her family together? Or could she strive for the life of her dreams - the kind of life she could have when her ship comes in?
A heart-warming story of love, loss and friendship, set against the backdrop of post-war England
REAL READERS love Sue Wilsher's novels:
'Emotional, sweeping and unputdownable!'
'A superbly good read'
'A powerful, gripping saga'
'A beautiful read. I hope there will be many more novels to follow this one'
Sue Wilsher grew up in South Essex near a shoe factory and the Thames estuary. The shoe company housed its workers, including Sue's grandparents and mother. Sue based her debut novel, When My Ship Comes In, on the history of the area. She now lives in Kent with her husband and two children.