Set at the turn of the century, this is one of Catherine Cookson's most unusual novels, powerfully portraying a woman dangerously driven by desire and ambition.
Rosie finds it hard to cope with her eldest sister’s over-possessive nature. Since the death of their mother Beatrice has been insufferably dominating, taking over the running of the house and ruling their father and servants with an iron hand. She glories in being the mistress at Pine Hurst and never dreams of leaving.
But when the girls’ father dies unexpectedly their security is threatened, and Beatrice must lay plans to protect this most prized possession.
“Humour, toughness, resolution and generosity are Cookson virtues . . . In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory”
Helen Dunmore, The Times