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Village girl Linda Bellwood has always been in awe of the glamorous Hylton family. So when they hire her as companion to the grandmother, she’s thrilled. However, when her friendship with the youngest son Florian blossoms into something more, the rest of the family are not so welcoming.

Disowned and thrown out, Linda and Florian escape to the city and struggle to keep afloat in the depths of bohemian London. With Florian squandering their money on his far-fetched dreams of becoming a writer, their relationship begins to unravel.

But then war is declared and their troubles seem to pale in comparison with the challenges ahead…


Praise for Benita Brown: 'Romance, heartache and local history make a magical mixture...passion on every page
Northern Echo
An ultimately heartwarming tale. Unlike some sagas, all the main characters here are well drawn...a satisfying read
Historical Novels Review
A splendidly powerful and touching saga of love, passion and lust
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Captures the atmosphere and emotion of the first part of the 20th century
Sunderland Echo
A must for Catherine Cookson fans
Wiltshire Times
You won't be able to put it down
Yours magazine
A powerful story
Lancashire Evening Post
A wonderfully Dickensian flavour... Everyone in the book is alive and believable
Historical Novels Review