`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Sinners and Shadows - Book Three in the Brothers and Lovers SeriesOrphaned at eight and raised by a brutal sadistic brother, nineteen-year-old parlour maid Rhian dreams of meeting a man who will love her and give her a family of her own. When she is invited to join the Evans family on New Year's Eve 1913, her life is thrown into turmoil. The youngest Evans' brother, twenty-two year old Joey, confesses he loves her.
Handsome, charming Joey has never met a woman who could refuse him anything until Rhian. Just when her feelings begin to emerge Joey's past overshadows and finally shatters their happiness. Unable to separate truth from lies, wanting to hurt Joey as deeply as he has her, Rhian turns to her employer, Edward Larch, for solace.
Unhappily married, Edward offers her the only position he can, that of his mistress.
Her choice is simple and irrevocable - to forgo love, her reputation as a 'respectable girl' and all chance of a settled family life for the sake of financial security.
When Europe is plunged into war, even the lives of the people in Tonypandy are affected.
But no matter how dangerous the conditions or how many hours she works, she cannot stop thinking about the man she loved who betrayed her - and the problems peace will bring.