Valerie Wood 5 Books Collection
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Titles In This Set
Emily was only five years old when she was
sent away from her ma and pa and her brother Joe to go and live with old
Granny Edwards. A loving and hard-working child, she goes into service when
she is twelve at the house of Roger Francis, whose connections with Emilyâ€™s
own family prove to be closer than she could ever have guessed. Rogerâ€™s
daughter Deborah takes a great fancy to Emily, and when Emily has moved to
another household in Hull she finds that her new employerâ€™s son Hugo is to
marry Deborah. But Hugo, too, has taken a fancy to Emily, and dishonours and
then betrays her to such an extent that she is imprisoned, tried and
deported to Australia. But just when her fortunes seem to be at their lowest
ebb, Emily is reunited with the one man who can save her from her miserable
existence and bring her wealth and happiness.
After her dastardly husband Billy tries to
sell her at a wife sale, Lily Fowler finds herself alone, frightened and
heavily pregnant on the streets of Hull. Her brave attempts to find work are
futile and when she is turned away from the workhouse and other such
establishments for women in her "condition", Lily is forced to swallow her
last iota of respectability and work in a brothel in Leadenhall Square.
Unexpectedly things begin to look up. Lily sees potential where others can
only see destitution and ruin and soon forges strong relationships with the
other women there. They are all good-hearted women who have fallen on hard
times and together Lily and her "fallen angels" outwit the low-life
brothel-keeper and work to turn the house in Leadenhall Square into
something altogether more respectable. And before any of them know it, doors
swing open, lost loves are recovered and the happy endings none of them
dared to dream of begin to materialise ...
For Amelia and her brothers and sisters, the
grim past which their mother Emily had endured seemed very far away. As
pretty as a picture, and now learning to be a teacher in York, Amelia looked
forward with pleasure to becoming acquainted with the young men clamouring
to get to know her, and especially the two gentlemen who had come all the
way from Australia to meet her family. Ralph Hawkins, bringing with him his
friend Jack â€“ a handsome half-aboriginal Australian who was determined to
make a good living for himself â€“ arrived in Hull looking for his roots. He
found Amelia, whose tangled family history was inextricably bound up with
his. Ralph Hawkinsâ€™s whole world had been turned
upside down when he learned that he had been adopted by the couple he had
always called his parents. In his quest to find his real mother, he
uncovered some cruel and unpleasant truths, before at last realising where
his true destiny lay.
Annie Swinburn had killed a man -- the
killing was timely and well-deserved, for Francis Morton had been evil in
every possible way. But Annie knew that however justified her crime, only
the rope and the gibbet awaited her if she remained in the slums of Hull.
And so she ran -- up river, along the wild and secretive paths of the great
Humber -- a new and unfamiliar territory which was to lead her into a new
and unfamiliar life. Her first refuge was with
Toby Linton, well-born, estranged from his father and -- with his brother
Matt -- earning a dangerous living as a smuggler. Annie led a double life,
as a smuggler, and as a pedlar roaming the remote countryside of the Wolds.
It was this new existence which led her, once more, into allowing herself to
love, in spite of all the things that had gone before.
When Laura Page returns to the remote
Holderness village of Welwick, it is to try and discover the mystery of her
mother Susannahâ€™s early life. Now a prosperous businesswoman in Hull,
Susannah never speaks of her childhood, when she was brought up with the
terrible stigma of *astar*y â€“ of being nobodyâ€™s child.
Susannah's own mother, Mary-Ellen, born into poverty and living in a
labourer's cottage, had the misfortune to fall in love with a local
landowner's son. She was his one and only great love, but was unable to
acknowledge their child and had to watch her growing up in hardship. As the
years passed and Laura began to be curious about her motherâ€™s past, so too
did she become aware of the mystery about her own father.