by Margaret Dickenson.
Mary Ann Clarke is the pretty daughter of a wife beating drunk.'Battling Bessie Ruddick' takes her under her wing and into the heart of her bustling family.
Growing into an attractive young woman, her affection for Dan, Bessie's son, is returned when she becomes a skipper's wife. Life aboard ship is not for her and only the arrival of a daughter, Lizzie, seems to hold the marriage together.. After her mother's disappearance, it is up to Lizzie, with her love of the river, to help her father.
Then her life starts to follow the same pattern as her mother's.....
Softback, 452 pages. 11.1cms x 17.7cms approx.