Based on a true story, The Windsor Street Family Saga is a story of love, loss and hope set in Victorian-era Liverpool and beyond.
An Introductory Novella
Life hasn’t been easy for Nell. Orphaned as a child, her elder sister Maria is a substitute for the mother she barely remembers. All she wants now is a husband and family of her own.
Second mate Jack Riley loves his life at sea and dreams of one day captaining his own ship. Settling down to life in the back streets of Liverpool holds no appeal.
Until he bumps into his old flame, Nell.
She wants security and a husband who’ll come home each night. But the call of the sea is strong. Can Jack abandon his plans and give her the life she craves?
Liverpool. January 1881
Jack’s due back … and Nell is waiting. She’s dreamt of this moment for a long time.
Nine years after their plan was hatched, Master Mariner Jack Riley is ready to take control of his own ship. And Nell is preparing to travel with him.
Counting down the days until he gets home, she longs to see America … and nobody is going to stop her. Not her two young daughters … and especially not her sister, Maria.
But when tragedy strikes, her world is thrown into turmoil.
As she comes to terms with her new future, she’s given the chance to pursue her dreams.
Should she follow her heart … or submit to the norms expected of her in Victorian-era, England?
In a man’s world, can a woman survive?
Liverpool 1882: Nell’s dream of travelling on a transatlantic steamship is about to come true. Although not in the way she expected.
Life is hard, and with only three women working amongst a crew of eighty, there are challenges Nell had not foreseen.
While she struggles to cope with the constant attention of her colleagues, not to mention their criticisms, there are some who will do whatever they can to support her.
Will their efforts be enough to settle her into life on board? Or will her first trip be her last?