When Ellen Jebeau’s husband dies in 1926, he leaves behind a legacy of debt and empty dreams.However, Ellen is determined that her son Joseph should have everything in life that she never did, and will stop at nothing to give it to him.
The Dwelling Place:
When fifteen-year-old Cissie Brodie loses her parents to cholera, she is forced out of the family cottage and left to raise her nine brothers and sisters by herself. Although desperately poor, strong-willed Cissie determines to build a new home for them all, their own little shelter to keep them from the workhouse.
The Rag Maid:
When Millie's mother abandons her one late afternoon in 1854, fate brings the seven-year-old to Aggie's door - and life will never be the same for either of them.Known locally as 'Raggie Aggie' for her business of trading rags and old clothes, the older woman knows the dangers.
The Tinker's Girl:
Cumbria, 1870s.Just before her fifteenth birthday Jinnie Howlett is offered a position as maid-of-all-work at a farm near the Cumbrian border. She hopes this will be a welcome relief from the workhouse she knows too well.
A Sister's Obsession:
Rosie finds it hard to cope with her eldest sister's over-possessive nature. Since the death of their mother Beatrice has been insufferably dominating, taking over the running of the house and ruling their father and servants with an iron hand.
The Smuggler’s Secret:
Born into grinding poverty, young Freddie Musgrave relies on his wits to survive and help feed his family. He earns a few shillings by navigating his little boat across the swift-flowing waters of the Tyne.
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