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Summary

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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Book 2 please!!!

Loved, loved, loved this book and can't wait for more so, please come on Anna. Until then I'm starting on the Salem Street series.

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Brilliant

Lovely story great to hear about familiar characters also looking forward to the next book

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Loved it

Enjoyed the storyline and characters very much indeed. Narration was excellent. Moving on to next in series and hoping is as good

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Excellent!

Really enjoyed the story line and narrator. Weaving it in with previously read story lines.

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Loved it!

Anna Jacobs never ever let's me down. Her books take me away to a simpler more honest time that's been lost to today's fast world I love it.

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Good read / listen

Loveable character’s, good story, kept me engaged and didn’t bore, good reading about another part of the village too , going straight into book 2 of this series

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Very Enjoyable

Very enjoyable and a great storyline. Can’t wait to read the next in the series.

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A fabulous story.

I love this story and can't wait for the second in the series but I hope it won't be read by Julia Franklin. Maybe it is just me but her voice is very distracting. It is so slow and I feel as if she is reading to a child. Her diction is clear though. My favourite reader is Anne Dover. Her voice is just perfect to listen to. I would have given this book 5 stars if it hadn't be read by Julia Franklin.

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I really enjoyed this book, the twists and turns, it kept me riveted right to the end. and the reading of it brought it to life it was excellent

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Anna Jacobs

Good story line. Keeps you wondering till the end.
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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