A gripping family saga set in the mid-19th century Lancashire coalfields.
Audrey Howard was born in Liverpool in 1929. Before she began to write she had a variety of jobs, among them hairdresser, model, shop assistant, cleaner and civil servant. In 1981 she wrote the first of her novels when she was out of work and living in Australia. There are now more than twenty, and her fourth, The Juniper Bush, won the Boots Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 1988. She now divides her time between her childhood home, St Anne's on Sea, Lancashire, and a home in the Yorkshire Dales.
'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' -- Lancashire Life 'Poignant and well plotted, this is the book to curl up with to shut out troubles' -- Women's Realm on BEYOND THE SHINING WATER 'This saga is, like all of Audrey Howard's books, compelling and memorable ... a joy to read.' -- The Historical Novels Review on A PLACE CALLED HOPE 'A compelling and well-paced tale' -- Coventry Evening Telegraph on A FLOWER IN SEASON 'A fast-moving glorious story ... The story twists and turns. As ever, Audrey Howard treats us to lovely details ... It is so sad, sweet and lively too ... Another true gem.' -- North Wales Chronicle on WHISPERS ON THE WATER 'Howard's timeless story of love and betrayal is sure to enchant her army of loyal readers' -- Lancashire Evening Post on PAINTED HIGHWAY