The captivating new novel from Diney Costeloe, bestselling author of The Throwaway Children and The Girl With No Name.
London, 1912. It is only two years until the First World War and the conflict which will change the role of women forever. But for now, young Mabel Oakley is caught between her own dreams of becoming a teacher and what is conventionally expected of a girl from her class and background.
At first things look bright: Mabel's own teacher advises that she should definitely go to secondary school, instead of leaving at fourteen to get a job. Her parents are doubtful to start with, but increasingly sympathetic. Her father pulls in a good wage as a solicitor's clerk.
But then a family tragedy strikes, and it looks as though Mabel will have no choice but to give up on her dreams and go into the dreaded domestic service as a lady's maid. If only, she thinks, if only there were some way out...
Praise for Diney Costeloe:
'Truly captivating' Woman & Home
'A treat from the very first page. I could not put it down!' Historical Novel Society
'Historical fiction heaven... Anyone who feels that women's hist fict is a simplified genre sub-set would definitely need a rethink after this' The Bookbag
'Truly captivating'Woman & Home on The French Wife.
'A treat from the very first page. I could not put it down!' Historical Novel Society on The Sisters of St Croix.
'Wonderful characters, with storytelling that pulls you from page to page, this lovely novel about a girl's search to fulfil her dreams is set in the City of London just before the First World War' Rosie de Courcy, publisher.
'Historical fiction heaven... Anyone who feels that women's hist fict is a simplified genre sub-set would definitely need a rethink after this' Bookbag on The Children of the Siege