When Ruby's father returns, shell-shocked, from the front lines of the Great War, the young girl realises that things will never be the same again.
Forced to leave school and help her mother wash clothes, Ruby closes the door on her childhood.
When she takes a job at the local laundry, Ruby enjoys the friendship of the other women there, but there's also bitchiness and jealousy amongst the workers.
At home there's growing tension with the live-in landlord as Ruby grows into an attractive woman, but not the kind who's willing to use her charms to win favours.
Ruby's heart belongs to one man only, a local boy she's known all her life, but there are many battles to be fought before they start a life together...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 19/08/2002
- Category: Sagas
- ISBN: 9780747264514