Growing up in the thirties Irene reveals the hardships and greyness of family life in Nottingham and the contrasting joys of life, though poor, with her grandparents in the countryside near Newark on Trent. The day war broke out in September 1939 she went to live there with her grandmother but soon experienced homesickness. Back at home growing up an only child she hid the loneliness she felt without siblings and struggled with emotions she found hard to control, saddened by the fact that her parents seemed unable to display their love for each other. This made her determined that she would one day show love in abundance. Meanwhile she gained great comfort and happiness from her newfound Christianity and after an illness caused by a heartbreaking affair she fell passionately in love with a man only five years younger than her father. Her emotions were then tested to their limits.
I was born Irene Johnson in 1929 in Nottingham and won a scholarship to the Manning Grammar School just as the second world war began.
As a 10 year old I evacuated myself to my grandmother's in Coddington Newark, became homesick and returned to witness the sadness and bombings in Nottingham.
At 16 I became a Tax Officer for the Inland Revenue but after 5 years and a whirlwind failed romance converted to Catholicism, which was life changing. Then very happily became a mannequin and window designer for the Co-op in the city.
At 24 I married a man only 5 years younger than my father. Life wasn't easy but I adored him and bore 4 children who have become very successful. When he died after 35 years my life took a new exciting turning.
I wrote the book to give hope to those who marry older men and to show family and friends how much my faith means to me, having now become ecumenical, embracing all Christian faiths and other faiths preaching goodness and love. My book title "Love Never Gives Up" is taken from 1 Corinthians 13 v7 "Good News Bible." My true story is an emotional journey through a long life. I am now 81 years old and in spite of sometimes overwhelming problems I "never gave up!"