Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each
other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer.
Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be
an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves
Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan
will need to borrow some of Jackson's extraordinary optimism to face
her and Jackson's future. A moving story of first love and a remarkably
powerful debut novel.
Kitty is living a happy, carefree life as a dairymaid
in the countryside. The grand family she is employed by looks after her
well, and she loves her trade, caring for the gentle cows and working in
the cool, calm dairy. And then, of course, there is Will, the river man
who she thinks is very fond of her, and indeed she is of him. Surely he
will ask her to marry him soon?
Then one day
disaster strikes: Will disappears. Kitty is first worried and then
furious. She fears that Will has only been leading her on all this time,
and has now gone to London to make his fortune, forgetting about her
completely. So when Kitty is asked to go to London to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice,
the latest novel by the very fashionable Jane Austen, Kitty leaps at
the chance to track down Will. But Kitty has no idea how vast London is,
and how careful she must be. It is barely a moment before eagle-eyed
pickpockets have spotted the country-born-and-bred Kitty and relieved
her of her money and belongings. Dauntingly fast, she has lost her only
means of returning home and must face the terrifying prospect of
stealing in order to survive - and of being named a thief . . .