Life's for Living
When good-for-nothing Bill dies in a fire of his own drunken making, it is a bit of relief for wife Joan. Behind on the rent, scraping a few pennies together for food, at least now she is free from his physical abuse. With the support of sister Martha, Joan finds a housekeeping job in Kent which puts her on her feet. The household is a friendly one, albeit demanding in quality and amount of work. But soon Joan's talents as a seamstress come to light and she is frequently taken away from the drudgery of cleaning to the delights of sewing. When her employer dies, leaving her 200 guineas, Joan has a chance to set out on her own and manages to rent a shop from which she starts a dressmaking business. And then she meets the charismatic and romantic Eric - but he seems to have a bit of a past and often disappears for weeks on end. Is he a good man - or is he to be avoided?
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- Paperback | 384 pages
- 135 x 216mm
- 13 Jan 2005
- Little, Brown & Company
- New York, United States
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Praise for Elizabeth Waite 'Marvellous storytelling from the best' - Martina Cole 'A natural with a great sense of place' - Beryl Kingston
About Elizabeth Waite
Elizabeth Waite was born in Tooting, South London and lived there until she was 34. During the war she worked as a bus conductress at Merton Garage. In 1956 she and her husband moved to Devon and bought their first guesthouse. Now retired, Elizabeth lives in East Sussex. An East End Christmas is her eighteenth novel.