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Life is tough on the cobbled backstreet courtyards of Abbey Street, Warwickshire, in the 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, clever, feisty Maryann is happy there - until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann coping with everything, exhausted and lonely. Especially as Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait.When things are at their bleakest, Maryann is offered a lifeline: a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall. Though the house is filled with secrets and heartache, there is kindness, too, and to Maryann's surprise she grows close to Marshall. But their relationship has not gone unnoticed and it threatens to unleash a world of problems on them all .
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A young girl's courage and strength in the face of hardship and heartache. The new novel from much-loved author Rosie Goodwin.

About the Author

Rosie Goodwin is the author of over twenty bestselling historical fiction novels. She is also the first author in the world to be allowed to follow three of Catherine Cookson's trilogies with her own sequels. Having worked in the social services sector for many years, she is now a full-time novelist; becoming one of the Top 100 most borrowed authors from UK libraries and regularly appearing in the Heetseekers charts. Rosie lives in Nuneaton, the setting for many of her books, with her husband and their dogs. Visit www.rosiegoodwin.co.uk to find out more.

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A gifted writer. Tells a cracking story and does so with an insight into people that is rarely found. * Nottingham Evening Post * The new Catherine Cookson. * Coventry Evening Telegraph * Rosie is a talented storyteller. -- Dee Williams Rosie Goodwin excels at tugging-the-heartstrings * Lincolnshire Echo * Goodwin is a master of her craft: she excels in writing about the complexity of relationships, the hardships of life, the ties of family and the joys of love and friendship. * Lancashire Evening Post *

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