An evocative saga of family, devotion and secrets
By Josephine Cox
Josephine Cox writes a thrilling and evocative saga of family, sacrifice and learning where your heart truly belongs.
What if everything you've been brought up to believe was a lie?
Whistledown Woman is the moving story of a beautiful girl growing up unaware of her true inheritance, from bestselling author Josephine Cox. Perfect for fans of Kitty Neale and Lindsey Hutchinson.
On a moonlit night in 1898, Kathleen Wyman lies in labour at Bessington Hall. Her husband, Edward, is sure that she has been unfaithful to him. In his blind, jealous rage he later gives away the baby to gypsy Rona Parrish, summoned to help with the delivery. Kathleen, frenzied with grief, is soon after locked away in an asylum.
Rejected by her father, the little girl begins her new life with only a valuable brooch pinned to her shawl as a clue to her true origins. Named after Rona's own mother, the lovely raven-haired Starlena grows up in ignorance of her true parentage and vast inheritance, believing her birthplace to be the beautiful Whistledown Valley. And Rona, always afraid, stays watchful over the years for any sign that someone might track Starlena down - someone who wishes her harm...
What readers are saying about Whistledown Woman:
'A brilliant novel by Josephine Cox. Gripping and romantic combined with subterfuge. A very unusual storyline makes this a different story'
'Couldn't put this book down, had everything: romance, sadness, suspense'
'I loved the story, lots of twists and turns - such a realistic, descriptive style which transported me into the story'
Josephine Cox was born in a cotton-mill house in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching - and started to write her first full-length novel. Her strong, gritty stories are taken from the tapestry of life.
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19 Jan 2012
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Driven and passionate — The Sunday Times
Impossible to resist — Woman's Realm
Josephine Cox brings so much freshness to the plot, and the characters ... A Cookson by any other name — Birmingham Post
Hailed quite rightly as a gifted writer in the tradition of Catherine Cookson — Manchester Evening News