Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into service when her family find themselves living hand-to-mouth. Leaving her mother and younger brother and sister behind; Stella goes to a big country house outside London. When she returns home one Sunday; she discovers they have disappeared. Thrown out of their lodgings; no one knows where they have gone. Seven years later it looks likely Stella will soon become Cook. But circumstances compel her to flee with no references and only a few personal possessions to her name. She has never forgotten her loving family and is determined to find out what happened to them once and for all.
The Lady's Maid
In 1929; Yorkshire lass Rosina Harrison became personal maid to Lady Astor: the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat and wife of one of England's wealthiest lords. Lady Astor was brilliant yet tempestuous; but outspoken Rose gave as good as she got. For 35 years the battle of wills and wits raged between the two women; until an unlikely friendship began to emerge. The Lady's Maid is a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' but also the endless work 'downstairs'; but it is Rose's unique relationship with Lady Astor that makes this book a truly enticing read.
A Mother's Trust
Phoebe Giamatti lives with her boisterous Italian family in the heart of London's East End. Phoebe's father was killed in gang warfare and she and her family share a deep hatred for the Paxman brothers - whose lawless ways strike terror into the whole community. Despite her English mother's feckless ways; Phoebe is fiercely protective of Annie.
The Ragged Heiress
On a bitter winter's day; an unnamed girl lies dangerously ill in hospital. When two coarse; rough-speaking individuals come to claim her; she can remember nothing of the events that brought her to her present state; not even her name. According to the men; she is their young sister; Lucy.
A Mother's Secret
When seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a handsome Anglo-Indian officer; she knows that he is a man she can never hope to marry. When he is reported missing; believed killed in action; Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. Facing disgrace and ruin; she has no option other than to accept an arranged marriage with a middle-aged widower; knowing she must keep the secret of her child's birth for ever.
Lily Larkin is the youngest of six and the least important member of her family. With their father dead and their mother a stranger to them; she must stay at home and keep house whilst her elder siblings go out to work. As she goes about her daily chores; her head is full of dreams.
The Workhouse Girl
Circumstances force eight-year-old Sarah and her widowed mother to enter the notorious St Giles and St George's Workhouse. When her mother dies in childbirth; the independent-minded Sarah falls foul of the workhouse master; Trigg and his cruel wife. Sarah's ordeal seems to be over when a sugar mill owner takes her into his home.
The Best of Daughters
Despite her privileged upbringing; Daisy Lennox has always longed to make something of her life. She is drawn to the suffragette movement; but when her father faces ruin they are forced to move to the country and Daisy's first duty is to her family. Here she becomes engaged to her childhood friend - a union both families have dreamed of.
The Orphans Dream
Mirabel has fallen in love with Jack Starke but when she hears that his ship has foundered and all were lost; she has little choice but to accept Hubert's offer of a home and marriage. Although desperately unhappy; Mirabel is determined to make the best of her life. Until she receives unexpected news and her life is thrown into turmoil once more.
The Beggar Maid
Jethro takes Charity in to help in his bookshop and keep house in their one room behind the shop. Charity sleeps under the counter and is not well treated; but Jethro instills in her the love of books that began when her grandmother taught her to read. And she starts to hope for a better future for herself. But Jethro dies unexpectedly; and Charity is faced with eviction when the rent is raised by the unscrupulous landlord. Must Charity give up her dream of running the bookshop herself; and worse; be forced to return to the streets...?
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