**Book two in the gorgeously heartwarming Gibson Family series, perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and 'Call the Midwife'**
Lancashire, 1845. Annie Gibson can finally leave Salem Street. At long last she's realised her dream of opening an elegant dressmaking salon in the mill town of Bilsden - and she is determined to take her father and his second family with her, away from poverty.
But Annie's troubles are far from over. Someone is trying to undermine her business; her family have their own ideas about what they want to do with their lives; and several men are persistently trying to win her favour, including Frederick, the mill owner, and Daniel, her childhood friend.
As Annie gets better acquainted with both, she becomes increasingly confused about her feelings. Can she really be in love? And can she risk trusting any man ever again?
Praise for Anna Jacobs:
'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews
'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times
In this vividly characterized, densely plotted sequel to Salem Street, Jacobs once more focuses on the Gibson clan, particularly the vital and beautiful Annie and her brother Tom. It's 1845, and Annie is finally making the move from the working-class Rows to a house of her own, taking her family with her. Barmy Charlie, the junk man who married her after her rape, has died, leaving her his business. Through hard work and Tom's help, she is doing well, and now, with the encouragement of a former employer, Annie plans to establish a posh dress-design business. In her personal life, Annie has convinced herself that she wants no man, as local mill owner Frederick Hallam discovers. Even so, he becomes her friend and hides his desire to be more. Old flame Danny O'Connor is also still interested and begins to pursue the reluctant Annie. But someone seems hell-bent on destroying Annie's success, attempting to block her modiste shop and intimating some lack of respectibility, not to mention a few family skeletons. Meanwhile, her friend Dr. Jeremy Lewis is having his own difficulties with his haughty wife, Annabelle, whose behavior leads to scandal, while the doctor and his capable young housekeeper continue to deny their feelings for one another. All the disparate threads are neatly and satisfyingly interwoven in a story where good triumphs over evil and merit over class.