Hold on to Hope



Publication date:
April 2018

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A captivating historical saga which vividly brings London’s East End to life

Kate Ellis learnt the hard way that falling in love with the wrong man could be your undoing. It was nine years ago that she fell for the charms of Freddie Ellis, only to discover his criminal ways. With her husband in prison, Kate has fought hard to give her two children everything they could need. But now Freddie is back and threatens to destroy everything she has worked for.

Captain Jonathan Quinn has resigned from the army after the needless death of too many of his men. But when his father disowns him and his fianc√©e breaks their engagement, Jonathan finds himself in desperate need of work. Accepting a friend’s proposal of acting¬†headmaster at a local school, Jonathan is determined to leave the army behind and turn his life around.

When Kate and Jonathan’s paths cross, the attraction is instant. But with Kate still a married woman, they know it can never be. As Kate grows more distant, Jonathan finds solace in the arms of another woman, and Kate is left to wonder if she will ever find true love again…


'Well-written and atmospheric.' Daily Mail

'Jean's attention to detail, backed by her thorough knowledge of the period, makes this an absorbing and satisfying read. I recommend it to all readers of the genre.' Catherine King

'A love story with fantastic historical detail.' Northern Echo