Maud Powell and her cousin Diana had always dreamed of becoming nurses, but their hopes are shattered when Maud contracts TB - a death sentence in 1930s' Pontypridd. With pits closing, Haydn abandoning a steady job for a stage career, and their cousin Diana's secret burden, the Powell family are facing hard times. Meanwhile Ronnie Ronconi, eldest of the large, cafe-owning family, has two simple beliefs: his sisters must marry good Italian Catholics, and determination and hard work will get him anything he wants. But his dreams are shattered when he realises that what he wants is Welsh, chapel-going, consumptive Maud. For once, high-handed, ruthless Ronnie seems to be facing the impossible...
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Number of pages: 888
Weight: 1095 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 40 mm
Edition: Large type / large print edition
A thoroughly enjoyable and lifelike novel, it can't fail to appeal to the romantic in everyone. The compassion of the characters and the inetnsity of feeling makes it impossible to put down.
Catrin Collier has wonderfully managed to cover all areas of life in the compelling novel, a splendid follow-up to the best-selling Hearts of Gold. * The Evening Star *