Craig, Maggie The Stationmaster's Daughter , London: Headline, 2000
First edition. Blue cloth, gilt titling Pagination: [vi], 311. Although she's grown up in a district of tenements and poverty, Carrie Burgess has led a charmed life. Her father's the stationmaster at Partick, a job with a house and garden attached. Carrie's only real problem is her mother's determination to nip in the bud her romance with Ewen Livingstone. Mrs Burgess thinks her daughter could do better than an uneducated railway labourer; Matt Campbell, a clerk, seems to her a much more attractive prospect.<P>When Carrie's father dies suddenly, the women are forced to move to a tiny flat, and money is tight. Worried about her mother, who has taken ill, Carrie allows her head to rule her heart and, turning down Ewen's proposal, she marries Matt. It's the worst mistake of her life, for his devoted front conceals a man of violence, and there's a dark secret within his family.<P>Carrie's made of stern stuff, though, and she's helped by the friendship of two women on her stair. Fate takes a hand and as the war drags on Carrie's free to take a job back at the station she knows so well, leaving her children in one of the newly established creches. But her heart still belongs to Ewen Livingstone. And as the men come home in 1945, it looks like Carrie might have left it too late to win him back.. Book: SIGNED and INSCRIBED by author to her sister, extremities a little bumped, spine sl cocked, VG, Jacket: unclipped, a little bumping to extremities, VG (Book ref. 3158 ) £ 14.00
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