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Verdie’s entire life has been one of quiet desperation! Poverty is a constant companion for Verdie, her father, and younger brother Ansel. Living near the docks in Liverpool with two other families under the same roof, money for rent is a constant struggle, and food is scarce, made even more difficult by a lecherous gambler who refuses to pay his share of the rent.

When their father succumbs to the 1849 cholera epidemic that sweeps through Liverpool, the young orphan’s situation becomes even more perilous. They are forced to do whatever they can to make their share of the food and rent.

Robert grew up in privileged circumstances. That all changes when his father dies suddenly, leaving his estate tied up for months in probate. Robert has no other option but to seek employment at a former competitor of his fathers - the same family that employs Verdie. Robert is overjoyed. But Verdie is blinded by the amorous attentions of the household's handsome son Carson.

Trouble ensues for everyone. Robert, with limited resources and influence, rises to the challenge to defend Verdie’s honor. Will it be enough to stop Carson from pursuing her? Can Robert’s fledging love for Verdie prevail?  

Girl from the Docks and all Catharine Dobbs' novellas are wholesome Victorian romances.

©2020 Catharine Dobbs (P)2020 Catharine Dobbs

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