The inhabitants of quiet, tree-lined Mulberry Lane take a keen interest in their neighbourhood. So when number 15 comes onto the market, they naturally hope for a pleasant family which will fit in nicely.
Ruth, having overcome her early tribulations in Yorkshire, is ready to seize her chance to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure. America, even on the brink of civil war, was to offer a challenge that Ruth was ready to accept and a love not easy but glorious and triumphant.
Ever since the death of her beloved husband Peter, Caroline's life in Bath has not been the same. Friends, though sympathetic, have moved on, her daughter seems so far away and life just seems to be passing her by. An impulsive moment sees her buying a dilapidated house in Brighton, a place that holds happy memories for her, and soon she is ensconced in a new life in her house by the sea.
"my kind of book"
When Frances, recovering from a broken love afair, moves with her mother to lonely Beck Farm in the Yorkshire Dales, she is going into uncharted territory. Planning to open a guest house, she encounters only friendliness from the villagers. But there seems to be some mystery about the previous owner of the farm, Ben Thornton.
"Long book tells little"
With six children and a husband who earned what he could as a manual labourer, it was a constant struggle for Molly O'Connor to keep her family fed and raised to be respectable. Then tragedy struck the O'Connors.
"Warms the cockles of yer heart"
At 12, Ruth Appleby stood by her mother's grave on a bleak Yorkshire moor. Life as the daughter of a Victorian millhand had never been easy, but now she was both mother and housekeeper to the little family left behind. As one tribulation after another beset her life, so a longing, a determination, grew - to venture out into a new world of independence and adventure.
"Ruth Appleby (Unabridged)"
For Venus Stanton, the young vicar of Thurston, life could not be better. When she first came to the parish many people found it hard to accept a woman priest. But after a tricky start, she is now accepted by most of her parishioners. But vicars have personal lives as well and to everyone's surprise and delight, Venus is to marry Nigel, the doctor from the local practice.
When the villagers prepare to welcome the new vicar, they are in for a shock. Young, attractive, a widow with a ten-year-old daughter - Venus Stanton is certainly not the vicar that the traditional parish of Thurston has been expecting. She will have to endure curiosity, misunderstandings, and even downright hostility. But she will also find warmth and friendship, sometimes from the most unexpected quarters.
Jake Tempest spent the first 12 years of his life on the canals. Then, when his grandfather died, everything changed.
She was born plain Dora, in a bleak northern town where her future seemed all too predictable. But from the moment she took her first steps, she went after what she wanted. At the age of 18, she wanted freedom and a new life - and a new name, Chloe.