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The classic saga from the much-loved Val Wood, released now in a new package - if you like Katie Flynn and Dilly Court, you'll love this heartwarming story of triumph over adversity.

Can two friends find hope in hard times?

Ruby and Grace have grown up in the poorest slums of Hull. Friends since early childhood, they have supported each other in bad times and good. But their families are bound together by more than friendship, and secrets from the past threaten to make their lives even more difficult.

The local cotton mill has provided work for Ruby and Grace since they were nine years old, and now years later both girls find themselves the object of attention from the mill owner's sons. As times grow harder, and money ever scarcer, Grace becomes involved in campaigns against poverty and injustice, while Ruby is tempted into prostitution.

The two girls are searching for something that could take them far away . . . But what price will they pay to find it?

If you like books by Katie Flynn and Dilly Court, you'll love Val's heartwarming stories of triumph over adversity.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552171526

    January 15, 2015

    Corgi

    544 pages

    RRP $14.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780593050736

    November 15, 2002

    Bantam Press

    544 pages

    RRP $59.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781446436417

    June 30, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    544 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Val Wood

A Mother's Choice
No Place for a Woman
Little Girl Lost
Every Mother's Son
His Brother's Wife
The Maid's Secret
The Innkeeper's Daughter
Going Home
The Harbour Girl
The Gypsy Girl
The Kitchen Maid
The Hungry Tide
Far From Home
Annie
Children Of The Tide
Homecoming Girls
Emily
Rich Girl, Poor Girl
The Long Walk Home
Fallen Angels
Nobody's Child
The Songbird
Rosa's Island

Recommendations

The Golden House
Cloudstreet
Ambulance Girls Under Fire
Manchester Moll
Twelve Days of Christmas
The Orphan's Dream
In Love and War
A Christmas to Remember
The Price of Love
The Rain Queen
Echoes
Chandlers Green
Lydia Fielding
The Land Girls at Christmas
Workhouse Orphans
A Wartime Friend
District Nurse on Call
Flora's War
Until You Come Home
An East End Girl