Saturday 27th February 1pm to 3pm
Isobel Jackson is a local author, this is her debut novel.
The story starts around the turn of the twentieth century in a foundry-man’s cottage in Falkirk. Isa, a sensitive girl, only eleven, is quickly catapulted into adulthood after the tragic death of her sister for which she blames herself.
Her mother dies soon after and Isa has to look after her two younger sisters. When the Great War breaks out her father signs up, although in a reserved occupation, and puts the two youngest girls in a home while Isa trains for domestic service. She is employed by an aristocratic family in London and excels in assisting the cook.
After her father returns from the war, suffering from shell shock, the family are reunited in Falkirk and Isa shortly meets and marries Peter. But all her life she has carried the burden of guilt regarding her sister’s death. It has created an underlying angst within her that breaks out in nightmares, outbursts of anger and insecurity in all her relationships.
When she discovers Peter’s affair, she is brought to breaking point. How is she going to make her life work?