When Meg's mother dies in childbirth, she is determined to keep the promise made on her mother's deathbed - keep the family together. But her father has descended into drink and resents the baby, Ruth, who he believes cost him his wife. Though struggling financially, Meg resists the offer of help from their unscrupulous and sinister landlord, Richard Flatterly. Things get worse when her father returns home one night with a woman called Doris and announces he intends to marry her. When war breaks out three of the children are evacuated to the country while little Ruth must stay with Meg's father and his new wife as she is too young. Meg and her friend Joy sign up for the Land Army and go to work on the farm where she meets Stephen, home on leave after fighting the Nazi's - the attraction is instant and she and Stephen fall in love. But when she returns to the family home for a visit, she is horrified to discover the house in squalor and that worst of all, Little Ruth has been sent to an orphanage. With no options, Meg must turn to the only man who can help her, Richard Flatterly, but in return for his help, she must pay a very high price...
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Praise for If You Were the Only Girl:
'A powerful read that will have you gripped.
Yours Praise for Anne Bennett:
'[Anne Bennett is] blessed with a vivid imagination and a natural aptitude for writing'
'An affecting story, populated with rich, beautifully drawn characters.'
'The beauty of Anne's books is that they are about normal people and are sewn through with human emotions which affect us all'
Publication date: 22/05/2014
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||22nd May 2014|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Sagas and Romance,|
Anne Bennett was born in a back-to-back house in the Horsefair district of Birmingham. The daughter of Roman Catholic, Irish immigrants, she grew up in a tight-knit community where she was taught to be proud of her heritage. She considers herself to be an Irish Brummie and feels therefore that she has a foot in both cultures. She has four children and four grandchildren. For many years she taught in schools to the north of Birmingham. An accident put paid to her teaching career and, after moving to North Wales, Anne turned to the other great love of her life ...More About Anne Bennett