Tilly Trotter's life has been far from easy, and returning from America to the County Durham village she grew up in only makes it harder. Despite her new status as Lady of Highfield Manor the old prejudices still exist. Branded a witch by the locals, hostility towards Tilly, and her children -- Willy and adopted Mexican daughter Josefina -- is rife. Thankfully, there are those willing to defend her. In fact there are those who long to offer her the security of marriage. But Tilly, bound by a promise to her late husband, is unsure that she can re-marry. And she's not the only one struggling with matters of the heart; both Willy and Josefina are facing love dilemmas of their own. But Tilly, courageous as ever, is determined, no matter what, that, she and her children will find happiness!
Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. She has written 105 books including ten books for children and several were made into films. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an honorary fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, on 11th June 1998. The Times" Newspaper called her "the most celebrated novelist of our time".