Ring of Clay
Despite an early life marked by tragedy and hardship, Beth Sherwin dreams of staying on at school and even going to university - a heady ambition for a Potteries girl in 1956. Then a brutal encounter leaves her pregnant at seventeen.
Unwilling to break her widowed mother's heart, Beth bears her secret alone and gives up her baby daughter for adoption.
It seems her desperate gamble has succeeded. She finishes school, takes on a challenging job and meets Michael, charming eldest son of the wealthy Rushton family. She has to fight both class prejudice and the jealousy of her old enemy Ursula to win him - but when he asks her to marry him, Beth faces a dilemma.
Does she dare tell Michael her guilty secret and risk losing him? And even if he stands by her, can she bear the certainty that the brutal stranger who fathered her child will be at her wedding?
Friends and Families
Two girls - one street. Two families across a social divide.
As a child, Josie Ford, fiery and ambitious, sees from a distance the affluent lifestyle of young Georgina Hawkins, and is filled with envy. But Georgina is lonely, and longs to experience the warmth of working-class family life. Beneath the shadow of Georgina's father, the domineering William Hawkins, the two girls meet in secret. From this forbidden friendship grows a bond so strong nothing can break it.
And then the men enter their lives. Josie falls unwillingly in love with Nick. For as a market trader, surely he can't offer her the lifestyle she now craves? Georgina, an incurable romantic, falls in love with the first man she meets. But the mysterious Dominic breaks her heart. And now both girls need their friendship as never before.
Ribbon of Moonlight
When her beloved grandfather dies in 1958, Polly Merton is forced to share her home with a woman she scarcely knows: the mother who abandoned her. Sadie Merton, glamorous and selfish, has her own set of morals and Polly is appalled by her scandalous lifestyle. Ashamed and resentful, she takes refuge in her friends and her college studies.
Then Polly's love of France takes her to Paris . . .
A Girl of Her Time
Vibrant Maureen Matthews has always been a 'deep one' and dreams of a life beyond the Potteries. Then, just like a scene from one of her beloved movies, she meets handsome, charming Trevor Mountford. He seems to be everything Maureen ever hoped for and when he asks her to marry him she has no hesitation in saying yes.
When married life doesn't turn out to be the ideal Maureen thought it was she starts to question both her life and her love. Then she meets Greg Barlow. He's completely different from what she thought she wanted - but everything she ever needed.
Can she put aside her past and finally find true happiness?