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The first book in Anna Jacobs' wonderful Backshaw Moss series. 

1935. At 36, Bella Porter is dependent on her abusive cousin, acting as an unpaid servant. When a kind relative leaves her a house in the village of Backshaw Moss, Thomas tries to take it from her, but she defies him and grasps this chance of a new start in Lancashire. 

It is not going to be easy, though. The house is on the edge of a slum and in a state of disrepair, let out as flats. As kind people help her find her feet, however, her confidence grows, and when she meets struggling, widowed father-of-three Ryan, she begins to hope she may find the happy family she's always dreamed of. 

She's offered partial help with her renovations by the local council who are planning to clear up the slums, but other landlords will do anything to avoid costly improvements and protect their profits. And when Thomas follows her, still after the inheritance, not only is Bella's newfound happiness threatened but also her life. Can her new friends help her rid herself of her tormenter once and for all and finally achieve her valley dream?

©2021 Anna Jacobs (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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  • 14-06-21

simple wonderful

lovely story beautiful and heart felt characters even the bad ones you tend to stop and listen too A J and A D did a great job with this one