By Anne Bennett
A relocating and gritty saga of loss, separation and eventually wish, set in wartime Birmingham
Agnes Sullivan is fifteen while her younger brother Tom unearths her under the influence of alcohol and crying within the lane close to their farm. Her dancing instructor has raped her and deserted her. Aggie is compelled to depart domestic whilst she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, slightly himself, makes a decision the instructor needs to pay for his actions.
Aggie flees to Birmingham, however the refuge she's been promised seems to be too risky to stick in. She's left with few techniques until eventually a person she may by no means have spoken to in her former existence offers her the assistance she so desperately wishes. yet will international warfare One destroy her precarious hopes of a future?
Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham through the wars have received her many fanatics, as they're packed filled with emotion, decision and authenticity. neighborhood sagas don't come any higher than this.
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A concerned friend,” Jacob replied from between gritted teeth. ” Victoria laughed in his face. ” Victoria narrowed her eyes at him. “In that case, your monkey seems to be missing,” she informed him. “This,” Jacob Carstairs said, suddenly turning away from her and striding from the dance floor, “is intolerable. ” Victoria, aware of all the stares they were attracting, hurried after the captain, having to run a little in order to keep up with his long, manly strides. ” she asked curiously. ” “Ha,” Jacob Carstairs said with a certain amount of scorn.
Is that what you think it is? Fun? ” Victoria, eager as she was not to miss a moment of what promised to be an amusing spectacle—Captain Carstairs rebuking her uncle, that is—could not help but notice a spark of anger in her cousin’s blue eyes. “Why, Becky,” she said, wondering what on earth could have upset her cousin now. For Rebecca, Victoria had discovered during her weeklong sojourn with the 57 Gardiners, had a volatile temper, and was somewhat prone to dramatics. ” Rebecca snapped. Victoria could only ascertain, from the high color in the other girl’s face, that she was in some sort of physical discomfort.
You’ve only known each other a few months,” was Victoria’s aunt’s lament. But a few months was a great deal longer than many couples knew each other before taking their vows. Why, in India, more often than not a bride did not even meet her husband to be until their wedding day! 48 And here Victoria had spent three whole months at sea getting to know hers! No, “You’ve only known each other a few months” was no sort of argument. Her aunt, Victoria knew, was only put out because Victoria had managed to get a husband before Rebecca had.
A Daughter's Secret by Anne Bennett