As far back as Alice Davenport could remember, her Papa had impressed upon her that she had duties—to look after her younger brothers and sister when Mama was "excitable and unwell." And when Alice was 14 and Mama died, Papa stressed her duties even more, for as an army doctor he was leaving them all to go and fight the Boers.
But when Captain Davenport returned to Southport, it seemed as though Alice's life was going to begin at last. For Papa brought with him the invitation to the Victory Ball at Hetherington Hall and it was there that she encountered the two men who were to dominate her future—Major Frederick Blackshaw, the son of Sir Jack Blackshaw, a bullying, violent man whose legacy of hatred and betrayal was to haunt Alice for many years, and Karl Rheinhardt, son of a once wealthy Austro-Hungarian family, who became obsessed with Alice and determined to take her back to Prague with him.
As World War I loomed, it seemed that Alice could lose everything, even her life, but her courage and strength finally carried her triumphantly into a world of her own making.
|Publisher:||Penguin Random House UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Audrey Reimann was educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School for Girls. She has been variously a bank clerk, a nurse, a teacher, and a foster mother to 25. But, above all, Audrey is a storyteller.