The Tailor’s Wife
In 1930s Salford, Suzannah Clark is forced to raise her two siblings after her mother, the tailor’s wife of the title, walks out. Her father, Jacob, is persuaded by Girton, Suzannah’s brother, to allow her to train as a tailor when his sight fails. She learns the trade and is able to support the family. She never stops searching for her mother even when the rest of the family has given up.
She becomes involved with Edward, the son of wealthy Noel Lyle, who tries to end the relationship. Girton becomes involved with the rapacious Rina Taylor and soon tragedy and scandal engulf them all. Suzannah fights to save her family and to be with the man she loves.
The author paints a vivid picture of Salford, its slums, the poverty and the various inhabitants of Hanky Park. The main characters are well depicted, and the reader is easily able to identify with them, to feel part of their lives. This is a well written book, a good example of its genre; there is so much happening it could easily have been written as two books, thus allowing more development of some of the sub-plots and story lines.