The Soldier’s Woman
Orphaned at a young age, Faith and James are raised by their aunt and grandparents, living on the profits of the family photography business. James finds love young but loses it when he suffers a dreadful accident. Faith falls for easygoing Samuel but finds his character irrevocably altered by his experiences in the First World War.
Fortune follows misfortune as the family fights financial hardship. Then into their lives come the spectres of the past in the shape of malevolent Lennie Hellier and the mysterious French widow, Leonie Bonnard. Both are determined to pull the family apart for their own ends.
If there is one word that sums up Alexandra Connor’s writing it would be heartwarming. It’s the type of writing that sees you through a cold winter evening and keeps you snug in your chair, hot drink at hand. She writes in the tradition of Catherine Cookson, but she is not simply a poor imitation but talented in her own right. The Soldier’s Woman is a regional saga of the highest order.