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    • ISBN:9780755371129
    • Publication date:08 Dec 2011

Break of Dawn

Each day brings a new beginning...

By Rita Bradshaw

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A gripping family saga of heartache and betrayal in the North East of England in the early 1900s

Each day brings a new beginning...

Her mother's death in childbirth leaves Sophy Hutton at the mercy of her cruel aunt and uncle, and her childhood is brutal. At sixteen, Sophy learns the shocking truth behind her birth and escapes to London to pursue a career as an actress, determined to put the past behind her. But life for women at the turn of the century is fraught with danger and Sophy soon discovers the darker side to London's glamorous theatres. Young and innocent, she doesn't recognise the man who really loves her when he appears; instead she is charmed into marrying handsome actor Toby Shawe, a flawed and amoral individual. Then the heartache really begins...

Biographical Notes

Rita Bradshaw was born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives today. At the age of sixteen she met her husband - whom she considers her soulmate - and they have two daughters and a son and five young grandchildren. As a committed Christian and passionate animal-lover Rita has a full and busy life, but her writing continues to be a consuming pleasure that she never tires of. In any spare moments she loves reading, walking, eating out and visiting the cinema and theatre, as well as being involved in her local church and animal welfare

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  • ISBN: 9780755359394
  • Publication date: 12 Apr 2012
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Headline
Praise for Rita Bradshaw: 'Catherine Cookson fans will enjoy discovering a new author who writes in a similar vein — Home and Family
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What an emotional rollercoaster ride of a book! It grabs your attention from page one and does not let go until the end — Sunderland Echo
Displaying an uncanny ability to spin a good yarn — Sunderland Echo
All published writers have skill and creativity, but a few have more. It's called magic. I'm beginning to believe Bradshaw has it! — Historical Novels Review
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