The Black Silk Purse

Sent to the workhouse as a child, all Ella Hathaway can remember is a voice whispering, `Dearie, promise you will never forget what you saw. Your Ma was killed deliberate . . . and someone oughter pay for it.’

When young, wealthy spinster Letitia Fairchild witnesses Ella being ill-treated, she takes her in as a scullery maid. But as Ella grows up, she is determined to find the truth about her mother’s tragic death and appeals to Letitia for help, revealing to her the contents of her only personal possession, a black silk purse. Intrigued, Letitia agrees to begin a quest to solve the mystery of Ella’s past. But neither could have imagined the astonishing and dramatic consequences.

From the miseries of life in a London workhouse, to the splendour of a beautiful mansion, will Ella find the love and security she longs for?

Praise for The Black Silk Purse

“Kaine’s talented storytelling drives the plot along at a breathtaking pace – the attention to historical detail is effortless – a journey of twists, turns and surprises – it is a real page-turner which you will never forget.”

Historical Novel Society

“A superb saga to delight Catherine Cookson fans, who’ll take Edwardian workhouse child Ella Hathaway into their hearts as her story unfolds.”   

The Peterborough Telegraph

ISBN: 978-0-749-02320-1

Published by Allison & Busby

Hardback and ebook available

Also available in Large Print and Audio