In 1951 London thrills to the Festival of Britain, but not Evie Smith. Mistress to Ted Hopkins, marriage is still just a dream. Ted is resigned to caring for his bed-ridden wife, only ever briefly seeing Evie and their two girls. Then, just as Evie finds she is pregnant, Ted takes his wife abroad for new treatment. After five years with no word, Evie selflessly brings up her daughters under the loving gaze of her mother, Flossie, and stepfather, Jim, until she falls for George Higgins, a popular businessman with an almost endless supply of gifts. Tragically, George is killed saving his mother from a fire, leaving Evie lonelier then ever....But through grief she may find her chance of at lasting happiness.
©2000 Elizabeth Waite; (P)2000 Soundings