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Set against the blistering heat and grinding poverty of the chainshops of the Black Country, this compelling love story charts the struggle of young Anna Gibson to forge a new life from the remnants of betrayal by her lover and a tragic marriage of convenience. A simple offer of work as a model proves to be the catalyst for complete change, taking Anna from the sunny beach ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 23rd 2007 by iUniverse (first published January 28th 1997)
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Mik Hetu
May 13, 2015 Mik Hetu rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Helen Spring is a true storyteller!

99 percent of this book flows through your eyes and into your mind as easily and comfortably as the thoughts of a daydream. The author writes with enough skill that 99 percent of the time you read and believe the fiction as fact, like you’re the proverbial fly on the wall absorbing it all.

Her characters are distinct, complex, and layered with maturity as the story progresses. She has villains with redeeming graces and
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Allyson Abbott
Helen Spring is a wonderful storyteller. Having been enthralled with another one of her books; Strands of Gold, I decided to read this one to see if it was a one off. I am happy to say it was not.. Ms Spring can weave a tale as any best seller and her characters are always interesting and believable. I could not put this book down. it shows really good understanding of poverty in the Midlands of England as well as the struggles for immigrants in the USA . I highly recommend this book and look fo ...more
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