Author: Val Wood
Hull, 1852. Matty has been the mother to her three younger sisters since their mother’s death 10 years ago. To celebrate her 18th birthday, their father takes all four sisters on holiday where two painters offer to immortalise their happiness forever. But their joy is short-lived – a little while after they return home, their father is critically injured when he is hit by a horse. The sisters have no way of knowing what has happened to him. With little money of their own, they’re forced to live with their cruel uncle and battle life’s misfortunes alone.