Monday, 31 October 2011

'Fallen Angels' by Tara Hyland


Release date: 1st September 2011
Published by: Simon and Schuster Ltd 
ISBN No: 978 1847377012

From the poverty of post-war England and Ireland to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's golden age, a beautiful, sweeping family drama that illustrates that the bonds between a mother and daughter can never be broken. An unwanted child: San Francisco, 1958. On a dark December night, a baby girl is left at the Sisters of Charity Orphanage on Telegraph Hill. A mysterious suicide: One year later, movie star Frances Fitzgerald takes her own life. Her husband, wealthy businessman Maximilian Stanhope, is rumoured to know more about her death than he's letting on, but nothing is ever proved. A terrible secret: What is the connection between these two events? That's what Frances's daughter, Cara, wants to find out. 

Abandoned by her mother when she is just seven years old, her childhood is filled with hardship and loss. As a young woman she finds professional success as a journalist, but on a personal level, she still struggles to trust those around her. Soon Cara becomes convinced that uncovering the secret behind her mother's death is the only way to lay her demons to rest, but learning the truth may end up tearing her apart.

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis

Sunday, 30 October 2011

'Home Cooking Made Easy' by Lorraine Pascale


Release date: 29th September 2011
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN No: 978-0007275922

TV chef Lorraine Pascale, author of the phenomenal bestseller Baking Made Easy, is back with her second cookery book – this time packed with simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking.
The queen of cookery is back with 100 scrumptious and seriously easy recipes, from cosy soups and roasts to delicious autumnal breads, in this beautifully photographed second book to accompany Lorraine’s BBC2 prime time four-part autumn cookery series.

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis

'The Hidden Kingdom' by Ian Beck


Release date: 6th October 2011
Published by: OUP Oxford
ISBN No: 978 0192755636

A pampered prince who has to give up everything he has ever known. A warrior-like girl who has promised to carry out her duty at any cost. An obedient young servant with a mission to complete and an icy chill in his heart. As ancient demons rise around them and conspire to destroy their world, only these three people can defeat the evil which threatens to engulf them. But to do so they must first find a way to survive in the bitter, snowy lands where they are banished, and discover how to work together despite their differences. Only then will they be able to raise the secret armies of the hidden kingdom and fight for a new future together.

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis

Friday, 28 October 2011

Author Interview with Jessica Bell


Jessica Bell is a literary women's fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter who grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the '80s and early '90s.

She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide.

Jessica has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chains, and her debut novel String Bridge, will be available from 1st November, 2011.

A very warm welcome to you Jessica, and can I thank-you, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us today. This is the first time that I have interviewed someone who is an author, poet, teacher and singer/songwriter at the ‘Secret Writer’ and I am starting to scratch my head a bit, as where to where we should start! 

 Thank you so much for having me, Calum. It’s a great pleasure!

For the benefit of our International readers can you tell us a bit about where you live and why you like living there?

Wow, what a time to ask me why I like living here. As you probably know, Greece is going to the dogs at the moment and I want to move abroad. So how about I tell you why I moved here in the first place? My step father is Greek. He’s been my father since I was one year old (though I have an equally good relationship with my biological father). Any how, my parents took me to Greece for vacation every two to three years from the age of two, so it really became like a second home to me. Just before I graduated from university, I decided I wanted an adventure and resolved to move to Greece for a year or two to teach English. (I completed the last semester of my degree via correspondence, because I was impatient.) I guess that year or two has now turned into ten. Funny that.

Can I ask what sort of books did you like reading as a child?

Well the first that come to mind are Enid Blyton’s books, such as The Faraway Tree. But to be honest, I wasn’t a huge reader as a child. I listened to a lot of music though. The very first album I bought with my “own money,” was Kylie Minogue’s self-titled release. Can you remember the song “I should be so lucky?” 

Do you think the books that you read as a child influenced your writing in any way?

No, not at all. As a teenager, yes, but not as a child. I didn’t know I wanted to write before I was about fourteen or fifteen. Music certainly influenced me though. Music has remained an inspiration from the very beginning.

How did you first get into the field of music as an artist?

Well I started writing songs when I was about eleven or twelve. My mother had decided to sell her twelve-string acoustic guitar to get a bit of extra cash. I saw it sitting by the front door. I think someone was coming over to take a look at it. I remember opening the case and thinking that it just looked so beautiful, and why would Mum want to get rid of it? I think she was in the music room at the time and I interrupted one of her recording sessions to ask about the guitar. When she told me she was selling it, I asked her whether I could have it. She said that I could if I learnt to play. From that day I had that guitar in my hands every single day until I moved to Greece in 2002. I taught myself how to play. The first song I ever wrote was played on one string and sung in a very high-pitched awful voice. I hope that cassette never gets dug up!

Is there a big difference between writing poetry, songs and novels?

Not really. I believe there is one overall “definite,” that a writer must keep in mind no matter what style of writing they are undertaking, and that is to utilize all the senses (including the 6th!).

Can you tell us a bit about your published poetry collection ‘Twisted Velvet Chains’?

Firstly, I’d like to point out that it’s NOT autobiographical. A lot of readers seem to be making this assumption. Of course, they are written very honestly, but they are not factual. If anyone would like to read a very in-depth article on TVC, I suggest they visit Jim Murdoch’s blog here: http://jim-murdoch.blogspot.com/2011/07/twisted-velvet-chains.html

Do you have a set routine when you are writing?

Not at all. I write whenever I feel like writing. I completely disagree with the ‘rule’ a lot of writers put out there, that you ‘must’ write every day in order to be a success. To be honest, I tend to write every day anyway, but that’s because I WANT to. So no, no routine. I go with the flow. Unless I have a deadline, then I have to set myself one. But it’s never a constant.

Where do you do your writing best?

In my office! I have a whole room to myself. Two walls are painted a dark turquoise blue, which is said to promote calm and keep bad spirits away, and two walls are painted a rich plum which is believed to represent royalty and spirituality. I have a large desk that fits every possible writing tool on it. Two large bookshelves are drilled into the wall and a gorgeous Dalmatian named Holly is perpetually attached to my feet.

What made you decide to change genres and write a novel?

To be honest, I never thought of poetry as something that I would ever publish, so I don’t think of it as changing genres. The first novel I wrote was a mess. I deleted it from my computer. Gone forever. Don’t regret it. I was about 22 when I wrote it. It’s only been the last couple of years that I considered publishing my poetry. Lyrics and poetry have always been something very private to me, so it never really occurred to me to put it out there until I received a lot of encouragement to do so from fellow poets. I guess that means the novel came first.

What was it that inspired you to write ‘String Bridge’?

I’m just going to quote from my website because I say it best there: “My ultimate goal is to break into the women's fiction market and steer it away from the stereotypically glorified woman that is most commonly portrayed today and replace with pure honesty instead. Not every woman in this world lives without regret, knows exactly what they want, and has the courage to put every essence of their being into achieving their dreams. Not every woman is inspirational to others. Not every woman can leave their comfort zone to better their future. But, so what? Does that mean a less strong-minded woman doesn't have an interesting story to tell? Definitely not.” 

How did you think of and develop the main characters’ in your book?

Well, that’s a very difficult question to answer because the final product doesn’t resemble the first draft one tiny bit. I originally used myself and people close to me to base my characters on (write what you know, right?), but by the 7th rewrite, the characters turned into complete strangers. This may sound a bit corny, but I think the characters’ voices ended up being more powerful than my own and therefore got their own way.

I think it is a fantastic idea to link a music album with your book. Can you tell us a bit about how you thought of this and also a bit about your album, which is scheduled for release at the same time as your new book, ‘String Bridge’?

Well the main character in String Bridge, Melody, writes her own music. I’m afraid I can’t say any thing else without spoiling the story. Let’s just say it was only natural that I do this.

What is your favourite book and why?

'Housekeeping', by Marilynne Robinson. This book is what triggered my desire to write in high school. I’ll never forget the teacher I had either. Her name was Connie Watson. I’ve actually tried to contact her to let her know how much she inspired me, but none of the emails I’ve written to various places trying to find her but have not received any responses.

Do you have any hobbies or interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from your normal routine and your writing?

Reading, singing, watching movies and archaeological documentaries, drinking red wine on my balcony … *cough* watching trash reality TV on YouTube *cough*

Have you any other books in the making at the moment?

I certainly do. I have one currently being considered by agents, called 'BITTER LIKE ORANGE PEEL'. Here’s my blurb:

Kit is a twenty-five year old Australian archaeology undergraduate who doesn't like to get her hands dirty. She feels misplaced and comes to the conclusion that meeting her father, Roger, will make some sense of her life, despite him being worth the rotting orange rind in her backyard. Well, at least that's what she's been conditioned to think of him by the three women in her life: Ailish, her mother—an English literature professor who communicates in quotes and clich├ęs, and who still hasn't learnt how to express emotion on her face; Ivy, her half-sister—a depressed professional archaeologist, with a slight case of nymphomania, who fled to America after a divorce to become a waitress; and Eleanor, Ivy's mother—a pediatric surgeon who embellishes her feelings with medical jargon, and who named her daughter after Intravenous. Against all three women's wishes, Kit decides to find Roger, but in doing so, discovers that he is not the only rotten fruit.

With a blend of dry comedy and raw heartbreak, 'BITTER LIKE ORANGE PEEL' is a story about the fear of not being loved; of breaking through a self-built wall of protection and accepting judgment, not only for what others perceive, but for the secrets that maintain one's sanity while living in a skin tainted by regret.”

I also have one in progress with the working title, 'MUTED', which was inspired by a short story I wrote for an anthology called 'TINY DANCER'. Here’s my current blurb:

“It's illegal to wear clothes. In some streets, it's also illegal to sing without accompanying instruments. Concetta, a famous Italian a cappella singer from before “the change,” now living in Arles, France, breaks these laws. As punishment, her vocal chords are brutally slashed and her eardrums surgically perforated. Unable to cope living a life without song, she resolves to drown herself in the river clothed in a dress stained with performance memories. But Concetta's suicide attempt is cut short as someone grabs her by the throat and pulls her to the surface. Is it the busking harpist, who encouraged her to feel music through vibration, acting as savior? Or a street warden on the prowl for another offender to detain?”

I see that you are teaching on a Writing Course in Greece next year! Will this be new for you or have you done something like this before?

Running my own course is new, but teaching isn’t new. I’m very excited about it! If anyone is interested in attending The Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop, please go to: http://www.hwrw.blogspot.com

Do you believe in writing by the “rules”?

No. Learn the rules until you can recite them by heart. Then learn how to break them honestly and intelligently.

Jessica, I have been absolutely delighted and very honoured that you agreed to be interviewed for my literary site. I would also like to thank-you again for taking the time to speak to us today.

The pleasure is all mine, Calum. Thank you so much for having me!

If you would like to find out more about Jessica and her writing, the links to her websites are detailed below:

Website: http://www.jessicacbell.com/
String Bridge (a novel): http://www.stringbridge.com/ (this will be active in November when the soundtrack is available to purchase)
Retreat & workshop site: http://hwrw.blogspot.com/

Ten Copies of 'My Soul to Steal' by Rachel Vincent to be Won!


Release date: 21st October 2011
Published by: Mira Ink
ISBN No: 978 0778304784

What do you think of this animated e-book cover for 'My Soul to Steal'! I think it is fantastic and The Secret Writer Blog is one of the first blogs in the UK if not the world  to show you a stunning example of a 'new generation' animated book cover.

The publisher Mira Ink have very kindly offered readers of this blog a chance to win a copy of 'My Soul to Steal'! There are ten copies available, and all you have to do is go on to the Mira Ink Facebook site- http://www.facebook.com/miraink -click on either the animated or normal jacket image of 'My Soul to Steal' and post a comment in the comment box below either of the pictures. Mira Ink will then select the winners! 

'SOMETIMES DREAMS DO COME TRUE...AND THAT'S THE LAST THING KAYLEE NEEDS Working things out with Nash - her maybe boyfriend - is hard for Kaylee. She's already coping with being a teenage banshee. Worse, Nash's gorgeous ex-girlfriend just transferred to their school. Sabine's no ordinary girl. She's a mara, a real-life walking nightmare. Draining people's energy through their darkest dreams sustains Sabine...and makes her Kaylee's top suspect in a cluster of super-creepy deaths. To win back Nash, Kaylee's determined to unearth the truth. But Sabine knows the deathly secrets of Kaylee's subconscious - and she's not afraid to use them to get whatever and whoever she wants...'Vincent is a welcome addition to the genre' Kelley Armstrong SOUL SCREAMERS The last thing you hear before you die.'

Good Luck Everyone!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

International Book Giveaway Draw! 'The Magic of Christmas' by Trisha Ashley


Release date: 27th October 2011
Published by: Avon
ISBN No: 978 1847561169

Another deliciously seasonal and heart-warming tale from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Twelve Days of Christmas and Chocolate Wishes.


In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show…
Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy’s Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!


Previously published as Sweet Nothings, Trisha has extensively reworked the original novel with fabulous new extra material.


Thanks to the kindness of Trisha and her publisher Avon, I have three copies of 'The Magic of Christmas' to giveaway in a draw with this post!
To enter this draw you just have to be a GFC Follower of my blog so that you can leave a comment to this post, ( also include your e-mail address with your comment so I can contact you if you are a winner!). You will then be entered into the draw for one of three copies of 'The Magic of Christmas'! Entry to this draw will close at 11.59pm (GMT) on Sunday 6th November 2011. The winners will then be chosen by Random.org.


Good Luck Everyone!



Delphine Pontvieux who was a featured author on this blog a couple of weeks, ago is also currently taking part in the 'Spooktacular Blog Hop'. Everyone who visits her blog during the 'Hop' will automatically receive one of her short stories if they either like her facebook page (or subscribe to her blog if they don't have FB) and sends her an email so she can send them the ebook! Here is the link: http://www.missnyet.com/

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

'The Snow Merchant' by Sam Gayton


Release date: 4th October 2011
Published by: Andersen
ISBN No: 978 1849393713

The Snow Merchant is a fantastic, hugely imaginative, quirky debut by Samuel Gayton. It's a story of alchemy, family and an astonishing new creation, snow.

Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, with no one to talk to but Periwinkle the pigeon. Her days are filled with floor-sweeping, bed-making and soup-stirring. Her nights are filled with dreams of her mother, who vanished long ago. Nothing incredible has ever happened to Lettie, until one winter’s night.
The night the Snow Merchant comes.
He claims to be an alchemist – the greatest that ever lived – and in a mahogany suitcase, he carries his newest invention.
It is an invention that will change Lettie’s life – and the world – forever.
It is an invention called snow.
The Snow Merchant is a fantasy filled with family secrets, magical transformations and wild adventure. Join Lettie on her journey to uncover the true meaning of snow, family and friendship.

Copyright: Goldsborough Books Synopsis 

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! (International)


This is a seven day blog hop taking place from Monday 24th October, until Sunday 31st October 2011. Thanks to 'I am a Reader, Not a Writer' and 'The Diary of a Bookworm'  for hosting this awesome hop! There are 400+ blogs signed up to offer a book related giveaway within this Blog Hop, so all you have a great chance of winning something!

I am based in the UK, so as usual have posted this up earlier than the majority of blogs that are taking part in this hop, which are mainly based in the United States of America/Canada. They are about six hours behind me time wise, so their link blog hop posts will not go up until 00.01 am on 24th October in their specific time zones.

To enter just join as a GFC Follower of my blog so that you can leave a comment to this post, ( also include your e-mail address with your comment so I can contact you if you are a winner!), you will then be entered into the draw for one of the following great books:

'The Haunted' by Niki Valentine
'Mist Over Pendle' by Robert Neill
'The Reapers are the Angels' by Alden Bell










Only one book can be won by each draw winner. There will be three winners from this draw. Each entrant will be allocated a sequential number. After the closing date for this draw (Sunday 31st October 2011 at 23.59GMT), the winning numbers entered for this draw will be chosen by random.org. This is an International Giveaway! As I have already said earlier, there are over four hundred blogs taking part in this giveaway! 


Addendum Posted on 25/10/12:

This is only day 'two' of this fantastic 'Spooktacular Giveway Hop' and I have been 'blown away' with the massive response that already has been given to my giveaway post here at 'The Secret Writer'! I have over one hundred comments left on this post already! To encourage visitors to keep entering for this giveaway I have decided to do something different which I have never done before in a giveaway hop.

As I am nearing 1 000 GFC followers to this site and to increase the odds of someone winning a prize in this giveaway, I have decided that if I reach 1 000 GFC followers during this hop, I will add another three books to my prize list for this hop, so spread the word!


The three new books that will be added to the prize list if I reach 1 000 GFC followers will be:
The Traitor's Wife ' by Kathleen Kent
'The Captive Queen' by Alison Weir
'The Tudor Secret' by Christopher Gortner















When you have entered this draw, as I have had major problems with this blog hop 'linky' please click on the 'link' below, to find a list of the other participating blogs when you scroll on down the 'I am a Reader not a Writer's' page. Click on the names of the participating blogs on this list to move onto the other participating blogs in order to see what prizes they have on offer: 




Good Luck to Everyone!

Guest Post: 'My Journey to Publication' by Author Cherry Radford




Like many people, I always thought I’d write a novel one day; I just needed to be older, wiser and less busy. But a few years ago I was visited by an idea that came crashing in and didn’t care about these things – or the fact that I was supposed to be concentrating at a work conference abroad. But perhaps I’d seen it coming, because in the bag with the cures for unexpected afflictions I’d packed a little notebook-with-an-attached-pen.

Suddenly everything other than writing was unbearably irksome. I never doubted that I’d reach the end; it wasn’t a case of hard work or self-discipline, I just had to follow the natural course of the thing. It took only six months. Elation!

But then depression; I needed another idea, quickly. And I needed to get Men Dancing published, so I’d have a chance of being able to afford to spend more of my week writing. So after experiences with literary consultancies that ranged from bad (if the cap fits!) to invaluable (Cornerstones), I bought the Writer’s Handbook and started sending submissions to literary agents.  

A lot of them. In retrospect it was crazy of me to have put myself through this so many times, but among the standard rejections there were positive remarks that kept giving me hope. Anyway, by then I had the welcome distraction of researching and starting my second novel. Then it happened: two literary agencies asked to read the full manuscript, and there were four agonizing months… and two more ‘no’s.

I’d had enough. Sod the agents, I thought, you don’t need one for independent publishers. Although they are also neck-high in submissions… Then just when I was considering self-publishing, two independents offered to publish my novel. As I believe is common for these smaller publishers, they offered no advance but a generous percentage of the sales.

I chose Indepenpress; I’d liked them at the London Book Fair, and by coincidence they’re based in Brighton so it’s easy for me to pop in and see them. I’ve been delighted with the friendly and helpful attention I’ve received – and their tolerance of my occasional wobbles about one thing or another. I don’t know how I would have coped with a big publisher for whom I was just an expendable Grand National horse; I’ve heard awful stories about lack of involvement in the cover design and inadequate marketing. Okay, my independent can’t afford to buy me on to the 3-for-2 table, or put up huge posters at all the London stations. But at least I’ve been involved in everything and don’t have to live with a book cover showing a male ballet dancer’s buttocks. 

If you want to find out more about Cherry and her writing, just click on the link below to visit her website:




Although 'Men Dancing' is due to be officially released on 29th October 2011, but it can be purchased now by clicking on the relevant link below: 


Saturday, 22 October 2011

'Prince' by Rory Clements


Release date: 5th January 2012
Published by: John Murray
ISBN No: 978 1848544284

Spring 1593. England is a powder keg of rumour and fear. Plague rages, famine is rife, the ageing Queen's couriers scheme: Elizabeth's Golden Age is truly tarnished. Meanwhile Spain watches and waits - and plots.

Into this turmoil a small cart clatters through the streets of London, carrying a deadly load. It is the first in a wave of horrific bombing attacks on the Dutch immigrant community that will change John Shakespeare's life for ever.

Driven on by cold rage, Shakespeare's investigations will take him from magnificent royal horseraces to the opulent chambers of Black Luce's brothel, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe, and from the elegant offices of master tactician Robert Cecil to the splintering timbers of an explosive encounter at sea.

As Shakespeare delves ever deeper, he uncovers intricate layers of mystery and deception that threaten the heart not only of the realm, but of all that he holds dear.

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis

' The Christmas Angel' by Marcia Willett


Release date: 27th October 2011
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No: 978-0593067383

'We're all pilgrims', he said thoughtfully. 'One way or another, aren't we? Always searching for something'. As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end. Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna - a warm-hearted, generous woman who looks after little Jakey when she's not helping at the nunnery. With humour, kindness and a deep need of somewhere to belong, they form a tight bond. But the sisters' life as they know it is at risk when an avaricious property developer starts prowling around their Grade I listed building. Will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas? And what will they have learnt about the true meaning of family?

Copyright: Waterstones Synopsis

'Drink Deep' by Chloe Neill


Release date: 10th November 2011
Published by: Gollancz
ISBN No: 978 0575113404

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down. That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black - and things really start getting ugly. Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis

'In the Bleak Midwinter' by Carol Rivers


Release date: 13th October 2011
Published by: Simon and Schuster
ISBN No: 978 1847398413

Winter 1919. Two months after the Armistice that ended the Great War, and life in London's East End is slowly returning to normal. But for 25-year-old Birdie Connor the battle is only just beginning. Frank, Birdie's older brother, has been sent to prison for deserting his army post whilst fighting in Belgium, and the shame heaped on the Connor family by their neighbours is unrelenting. Wilfred, Birdie's widowed father, has disowned Frank and vows that he will never set eyes on his son again, but Birdie cannot believe that her brother is guilty So when Frank escapes from prison and comes to find Birdie in secret, she promises to help him and is determined to prove his innocence. But little does she realise that she is exposing herself to danger as Frank gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble with the so-called friends he met in prison. Helped by the Connors' lodger, the handsome Harry Chambers, will Birdie be able to find the proof that Frank needs in time to reconcile him to their frail father before it is too late? And can she build a future to keep herself and her younger brother, Patrick, safe?

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis

Friday, 21 October 2011

'A Moment to Remember' by Dee Williams

Release date: 28th October 2010
Published by: Headline Books
ISBN No: 978 0755358892

Born into terrible poverty, Millie Ash's hopes for a better life are threatened by a fatal accident in Dee Williams' heartrending saga Millie Ash, born into terrible poverty in the backstreets of the East End, has always wanted to better herself. She gets her chance when she lands a position as a lady's companion, her charge the disabled daughter of a well-to-do London family. Millie adores her work, and even starts to develop feelings for the son of the house. But years later a tragic accident causes Millie to lose her job and, along with it, the life she so loved. As she goes from job to job, working variously as a typist, factory worker and nurse, will she ever find happiness, and love, again?

Copyright: Amazon Synopsis