A moving and gritty saga of loss, separation and finally hope, set in wartime Birmingham Agnes Sullivan is fifteen when her young brother Tom finds her drunk and crying in the lane near their farm. Her dancing teacher has raped her and abandoned her. Aggie is forced to leave home when she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, barely a teenager himself, decides the teacher must pay for his actions. Aggie flees to Birmingham, but the safe haven she's been promised turns out to be too dangerous to stay in. She's left with few options until someone she would never have spoken to in her former life gives her the help she so desperately needs. But will World War One ruin her precarious hopes of a future? Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham during the wars have won her many fans, as they are packed full of emotion, determination and authenticity. Regional sagas don't come any better than this. Lead title / From the bestselling author of Mother's Only Child, Danny Boy, Daughter of Mine and A Sister's Promise / Anne Bennett regularly sells over 50,000 paperbacks / Review coverage across local and national media / Six monthly publication programme to build loyal readership / Competition: Lyn Andrews, Maureen Lee, Katie Flynn, Anne Murray
Anne Bennett was born in a back-to-back house in the Horsefair district of Birmingham. The daughter of Roman Catholic Irish immigrants, she grew up in a tight-knit community where she learned to be proud of her Irish Brummie heritage. For many years she taught in schools to the north of Birmingham, before an accident put paid to that career. This gave her the chance to write full time. She has four children and four grandchildren.
Praise for Anne Bennett: 'A powerful, heart-wrenching saga from the much-loved author of "Daughter of Mine" and "Danny Boy"!This ["Mother's Only Child"] is a page-turning saga of love, loss and family ties' Woman's Weekly '[Anne Bennett] is blessed with a vivid imagination and a natural aptitude for writing' Daily Post 'The beauty of Anne's books is that they are about normal people and are sewn through with human emotions which affect us all' Birmingham Post 'Powerfully written' The Woman Book Club