Continuing the popular saga of the Hamilton family of Ballydown, this title is set in Ireland, 1912. Now in her fifties and a grandmother, Rose Hamilton has much to be thankful for in the steady love of her husband, John and their relative prosperity. But she is concerned for her children: Sarah, recently widowed, is burdened with grief, and worried by signs of sectarianism and signs of trade union discontent in the Sinton family mills. Sam, married to cold, selfish Martha, is struggling to bring up his six children. Only Hannah, happily married and living in England, causes Rose no worry. As world events impinge on the family at Ballydown - the sinking of the Titanic and the outbreak of the First World War - Rose and Sarah face new challenges and tragedies in their daily lives. But it is events in Ireland that make the greatest demand on both women, when Sarah becomes involved in the Easter Rising in April 1916.
Anne Doughty was born in Armagh but spent many years in England before returning to live in Belfast. She is the author of A Few Late Roses (longlisted for the Irish Times literature prize), Stranger in the Place and Summer of the Hawthorn and, with Severn House, On a Clear Day, Beyond the Green Hills, The Woman from Kerry and The Hamiltons of Ballydown.