Christmas Awards 2011

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

The Girl From World's End

ISBN 987-1-84756-006-3
440 pages/£5.99

Mirren suffers from a drunken father who beats her. When he is killed on the railway line, Mirren is sent to live with her grandparents at a farm in the Yorkshire Dales. At first resentful and bullied at school, she runs away to an isolated cottage at the edge of the moor called World's End. Trapped by a snowstorm, she uses her wits to survive a bitter cold night and in the morning, when a lad called Jack rescues her, she has formed a lasting feeling for the cottage.

Mirren grows up and marries the handsome, charming Jack, but the war takes him from her too soon and when he returns he has changed. Haunted by his memories, he becomes cruel and violent. Then tragedy strikes and Mirren's world comes crashing down about her. Is this the end of all her hopes or will her spirit survive and fight back to a new happiness?

If you read this book you will want Leah's next – The War Widows out in April with Avon Books. This author keeps you glued to the page, her powerful, evocative writing carrying you through to the end. Five red roses. Linda Sole

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