Alison had been blessed by nature all her life - only I knew the other, darker side of her character. And only I knew the pain, the torment of a jealousy that could never be assuaged. Throughout our childhood, she stood in golden light, centre stage, while I, blinking though heavy spectacles, looked on…. As we grew to adulthood, it seemed that the path fate had charted for her was smooth and straight and clear. Gradually I resigned myself to staying in her shadow, playing out the role of second sister.
An early marriage seemed to solve all of Ruth Gordon’s problems at once. But nothing prepared her for the horror of her young husband’s death and its traumatic consequences. A fresh start in the bustling anonymity of London gives Ruth the break she needs. Driven by her own secret intelligence, ambition, and the shrouded secret of her past, she rises from usherette to manageress and eventual owner of a fashionable chain of cinemas. But secrets are finite.
Zoe Mellor seems to have everything – looks, money and a top job in a Bond Street gallery. Yet life hadn’t always been this way. Motherless at 15, Zoe had spent her teens looking after her father and adored brothers in Lancashire. It was there that she and her eldest brother Victor had learned to exploit her talent for painting and art appreciation. Her meteoric rise in the glamorous world of international art is mirrored by her phenomenal but highly illegal success as a forger…
The Roman House is a sweeping saga which covers the lives of a family from 1898 until the 1970s. The main heroine is Misia Razzio, who inherited The Roman House - a boxing gym - from her immigrant father. Estranged from her arrogant brother, Drago, Misia marries barrister Portland Benning. Her son Vincent takes over the family boxing and casino interests. Long estranged, the Bennings and the Razzios lead seperate lives - until tragedy forces a reunion. But the reconciliation does not last and murder follows
To outsiders, the golden child of David and Virginia Hall looks set to inherit not only talent, but also wealth and comfort. But after an appalling tragedy, such a future seems threatened, as Isabel Hall finds herself the reluctant inheritor of her parents' complex and bitter past. An enthralling saga of determination and hope, The Well of Dreams is the story of one woman’s fight to inherit her dreams.
Freddie Clements wants for nothing as she grows up on a prosperous Yorkshire estate, but her childhood is blighted by her father’s cruelty, born of disappointment that she is not the son she longed for. An early marriage to a wealthy American offers emotional security while Freddie builds up an impressive career but a chance encounter with a dangerous man has disastrous and deadly consequences. An enthralling story of betrayal and one man’s fascination that turns to obsession.
Emma Coles' life is shattered when her widowed father Frederick is imprisoned for theft. She never believes that he is guilty - but her uncle thinks otherwise. Reluctantly giving Emma a home over his jewelry shop, he forbids all contact with the convicted man. But Emma secretly visits her father in prison. As time progresses, Emma's relationship with Ricky, who works at the prison, deepens and for a while it seems that the future might not be as difficult as she feared. Then tragedy strikes.
After a sordid encounter, she loses her trust in men - until she finds love with Samuel Granger. When Samuel returns from the Great War, he is a changed man, struggling to settle down to normal, civilian life. Financial pressures force them to take in a lodger - a shy young Frenchwoman with a baby, claiming to be a war widow. Then tragedy strikes, and Faith realises her trust has been betrayed. She wants revenge and sets out to reclaim the greatest love of her life.