The Surplus Girls' Orphans

Polly Heron

RRP: £7.99

7 January 2021

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786499691

RRP: £3.99

7 January 2021

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786499707

After the devastation of war, a child’s love heals everything.

Manchester, 1922:
Molly Watson has had enough. Engaged for the last three years to a penny-pinching pedant, she finally decides she’d rather be a surplus girl than marry a man she doesn’t truly love. Aware of the need to support herself if she is to remain single all her life, she joins a secretarial class to learn new skills, and a whole world opens up to her.

When she gets a job at St Anthony’s Orphanage, she befriends caretaker Aaron Abrams. But a misunderstanding leaves them at loggerheads, and damages her in the eyes of the children she has come to care so deeply about. Can she recover her reputation, her livelihood, and her budding friendship, before it’s too late?

The second in a quartet of sagas set during the early 1920s, following three Surplus Girls – those women whose dreams of marriage perished in the Great War, after the deaths of millions of young men, and the new lives they forged for themselves.