Compelling and heart-wrenching (Hull Daily Mail)
The kind of character-driven saga that delights the Catherine Cookson and Josephine Cox audience. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)
On THE FAVOURITE CHILD:
(Middlesborough Evening Gazette)
'Compelling and fascinating'
On KITTY LITTLE:
(Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
'Freda Lightfoot's talent for creating believable characters makes this a page-turning read'
A heart-warming Lakeland saga (Southern Daily Echo)
On POLLY'S WAR:
'the characters are believable and the story compelling, heart wrenching and poignant'
The Daily Telegraph on Ruby McBride
The grand opening of the Manchester Ship Canal is a big day for Ruby McBride and her young sister and brother. Its glories fade into insignificance, however, when their mother Molly, due to illness, reluctantly entrusts her beloved children to Ignatius House, and the not-so-tender care of the nuns.
Ruby, a rebel at heart, is always on the wrong side of authority, but when she is sixteen, the Board of Guardians forces her into marriage and she has to abandon her siblings, vowing she will reunite the family just as soon as she can.
Convinced that her new husband is a conman, she discovers life on the barge is not at all what she expected. She is furious at being robbed of the chance to be with her childhood sweetheart, Kit Jarvis, so resists Bart’s advances for as long as she can. But then Kit comes back into her life and jealousy between the two men causes events to run out of control. Only Ruby’s courage and spirit enable her to rise above the disadvantages of her birth and make a life for herself within the thriving community of waterways folk.