After an unhappy childhood on his father's farm, Charlie MacFell marries the beautiful Victoria Chapman. Happiness still eludes him, however, as his wife indulges in a series of adulterous affairs. Fighting at the front in the First World War, Charlie discovers a new strength within himself, winning the respect of his men. But when he returns home Charlie finds himself falling in love with his wife's younger sister.
Catherine Cookson has certainly excelled in this story. I was rivetted to my seat (Which is coincidental as I was a rivetter on the Lancaster Bomber during the war). The story was set during the war and it was no doubt a similar experience that my late husband Ken experienced himself whilst he battled in the trenches. The storyline has everything including the cruelty of the Cinder Path, adultery and a good old fashioned love story. Catherine Zeta Jones (who bears an uncanny resemblance to my daughter Rita)suberbly plays the part of the adultress.I highly recommend the Cinder Path to other 80 year old women who love the intrigue and seduction of a good Catherine Cookson story.