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Young and pretty Evie Hobson spends her days serving behind the counter at her father’s chemist shop. Joseph Hobson is a bullying man and Evie isn’t the only one who lives in fear of her father’s violent temper.

Then one day a bedraggled woman arrives at the shop and dies on the premises. Evie is shocked to discover that the mysterious woman was in fact her mother, whom she had been told had died many years ago. Why had her father lied to her? What secret was he trying to keep?

One thing’s for sure, Evie can’t take much more from him and when she catches the eye of local lad Ned Collins they plan to run away to begin a new life together. But even when she has escaped and has started a family with Ned, Evie has a long way to go before happiness is secured…