This book ends the trilogy of the famous author Catherine Cookson's family and concentrates on Catherine, also known as "Kitty" to her family. As she becomes aware of the circumstances surrounding her birth and who her mother really is, Catherine longs to know the identity of her father. When she learns he was a "gentleman" from her aunt she begins to identify with that part of her parentage and, working hard to rise above the poverty she was raised in, she becomes successful in her job at the workhouse laundry and seeks to educate herself by devouring books she gets at the local library. She leaves Jarrow, relocating far away, and eventually becomes a home owner and meets her future husband, Tom Cookson. Throughout the story she has to deal with her alcoholic mother and the issues from her past. Again, as in "The Jarrow Lass and a Child of Jarrow," Janet Macleod Trotter tells a wonderful story that takes the reader along as the characters deal with the emotions generated by the hardships they face on a daily basis. Ms. Trotter has a wonderful imagination and great skill in leaving the reader wanting to read more of her writing. I will continue to be a reader of her books! I highly recommend this author!