Pure As The Lily Author:Catherine Cookson Life was not easy in the north of England in 1933, and for young Mary Walton it was particularly tough. Her father had been out of work for eight years, and her mother, who had no love for Mary, spent every nickel of the tiny family income on herself and on Mary's younger brother, Jimmy. When Mrs. Walton fell and broke her hip, and Mary was obli... more »ged to take over for her mother as housekeeper for the rich widower Mr. Tollett, their lives began to change dramatically.
Catherine Cookson's newest romance is filled with all the passion and horror that her faithful readers have come to expect: handsome Mr. Tollett hideously scarred from a brutal knife attack by Mary's father when he learned that his daughter was pregnant; the death of Jimmy's mistress when his own mother set fire to the cottage where she was sleeping; the devastating air attack in 1944 in which Mary lost her grandparents, her husband and her stepson, all in one blow. These are mere samplings of the rich and unforgettable drama that awaits the reader of Mrs. Cookson's newest spellbinder.« less