Very good book.
In 1928 Bernie O'Sullivan and Molly Keegan catch their first glimpse of the bustling city they're about to call home. Both 17, and best friends since childhood, the girls have left Ireland behind to seek work and an exciting new life in Liverpool.
The girls are dismayed to discover that the relatives they are to stay with have barely two pennies to rub together; the promised grand house is a run-down building in one of of Liverpool's worst slum areas.
Desperate to escape the filthy streets, Bernie secures a position as a domestic servant, while Molly is taken on as a shop assistant.
Soon they have settled in new rooms and find themselves in love with local men. For both, though, love holds surprises and the danger of ruin in an unforgiving world.
Bernie and Molly have tough times to face but the bond of their lifelong friendship gives them the strength to rise to every challenge and to hold on to their dreams.
Best friends Bernie and Molly are just seventeen when they set off from Ireland in 1928, heading for Liverpool. They quickly find jobs and rooms; soon both women are in love with local men. Tragically, though, Biddy is widowed when she's still barely an adult, while Molly has chosen a bad 'un and faces the deepest shame when he deserts her. But, this difficult start only reinforces the bond between the women, and gives them the strength to build a brighter future...