When Laura Page returns to the remote Holderness village of Welwick, it is try and discover the mystery of her mother Susannah s early life. Now a local property owner in Hull, Susannah never speaks of her childhood, when she was brought up with the terrible stigma of bastardy of being nobody s child. Born into poverty, living in a tiny labourer s cottage with her father, Susannah s mother had caught the eye of the local landowner s son. She was his one and only great love, but when she died giving birth to their daughter Susannah he could not acknowledge his child but had to watch her growing up in hardship. As the years passed and Laura had begin to be curious about her mother s past, would she ever be reunited with the father she had scarcely known?
Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire, where she still lives. Her first novel, The Hungry Tide, was the first winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction. Her last novel, Far From Home, together with her seven other novels, are now available in Corgi paperback. Find out more about Valerie Wood's novels by visiting her website on www.valeriewood.co.uk