By Dilly Court

ISBN-10: 0099538822

ISBN-13: 9780099538820

ISBN-10: 1409023435

ISBN-13: 9781409023432

While seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a good-looking Anglo-Indian officer, she understands that he's a guy she will be able to by no means wish to marry. whilst he's mentioned lacking, believed killed in motion, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. dealing with shame and spoil, she has no choice except to just accept an prepared marriage with a middle-aged widower, realizing she needs to maintain the key of her kid's delivery for ever. Reluctantly she sends her cherished daughter to a foster mom in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a lady who runs a infamous child farm in a space filled with poverty and disorder. regardless of her poor upbringing, Cassy survives the previous woman's merciless forget. all of the whereas she goals of a mom she hasn't ever recognized, hoping she's going to come and store her from her dreadful destiny. but if Biddy dies all at once, ten-year-old Cassy unearths herself destitute and with little wish of ever discovering the mummy she so longs for...

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She raised her face, closing her eyes ready to receive the kiss that would seal their pledge, but although she could feel his breath on her cheek and the scent of him made her go weak at the knees, nothing happened. She opened her eyes, and found him looking at her with an expression of deep concern. ‘What’s the matter, George? ’ ‘I only found out this morning, sweetheart. I’m to leave tomorrow for the North-West Frontier, and I don’t know how long I’ll be gone. It’s just possible that I might never .

Let’s go indoors, larla. ’ Cassy could hardly bear to take her eyes from the dark-skinned lady’s face. She wanted to drink in every detail of the fine eyes, almond-shaped and the deepest darkest brown so that they appeared black, and the silky hair shining like coal in the bright light with just a touch of silver at the temples. She felt the material of the woman’s cloak, fingering it in wonder that anyone could wear anything so fine. There was not a moth hole or a patch in sight and the lady smelt nice, like a bunch of exotic flowers.

Elias shook his head as he laid the pathetic corpse on the top of a gleaming mahogany coffin. ’ ‘It’s me tenth birthday today,’ Cassy said proudly, although she knew it would be no cause for celebration in Three Herring Court; Biddy didn’t hold with birthdays and such. Elias shook his head, tut-tutting. ’ ‘I tried to look after him,’ Cassy said, feeling that she was in some way to blame for the baby’s demise. ‘I sat up nights with him, mister. Honest I did, but he just seemed to fade away like he had no wish to live.

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