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A Little Badness

An irresistible and wildly romantic saga

By Josephine Cox

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An irresistible and wildly romantic novel from the No. 1 bestselling writer Josephine Cox

No.1 bestselling writer Josephine Cox is 'hailed quite rightly as a gifted writer in the tradition of Catherine Cookson' (Manchester Evening News). A Little Badness is a compelling story of love and family, perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews and Rosie Goodwin.


Rita Blackthorn's heart was barren and hard. In all of her life she had never truly loved. But she had hated. Beneath the loving gaze of her daughter's soft green eyes, her heart swelled with dark and dangerous emotions.

Young Cathy Blackthorn has never experienced any loving response from her mother; it is her beloved aunt Margaret, with a heart as big and warm as the summer sky, who has been more of a mother than her own could ever be. And when Cathy's father Frank Blackthorn brings home a London street urchin and announces this will be the son he and Rita have never had, Cathy despairs of ever winning her parents' love. Cathy is a generous soul, though, and tries to give the young lad a chance to prove himself but, unlike her best friend, David Leyton, something about him makes her more than uneasy . . .

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781472245748
  • Publication date: 29 Jun 2017
  • Page count: 432
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A ten-year-old tragedy casts a dangerous shadow on the happiness of two families... In Jinnie, the sequel to The Woman Who Left, Josephine Cox weaves an unforgettable saga of the lingering power of past betrayals. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Dilly Court.'If you are looking for a story with warmth, humanity and more then a touch of grit, you need look no further... warm and compelling family saga which is as welcome as a roaring fire on a freezing winter's day... never a moment when you are not put in touch with the passions of life' - The Northern EchoTen years ago, Louise Hunter's life was torn apart by tragedy. Her husband, Ben, killed himself; her brother-in-law, Jacob, was murdered; and her sister, Susan, abandoned her new-born daughter, revealing the baby is Ben's child. Louise remains haunted by guilt over the one night she spent with Ben's friend Eric, and refuses to return Eric's love. But after adopting Jinnie, she finds new happiness - until Susan decides she wants Jinnie back.Meanwhile, Adam and Hannah, whose mother was killed with Jacob, are on the run. What Adam witnessed on that dreadful night has put them all in danger, but their beloved grandmother knows that one day they must return to the place where it all began... What readers are saying about Jinnie: 'Kept me absolutely gripped from beginning to end - the kind of books that make you feel really sad when you come to the end and leave you wishing they could just go on and on''Super story, could not guess the ending - five stars'

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