's brilliant new novel of heartache, siblings and falling in love, set in the lead up to the Second World War and events that threaten even the strongest of family bonds. Following the death of their parents, the Mitchell siblings are tragically split up. While Helen is taken in by their selfish aunt, her twin brothers find themselves in a cold, soul destroying orphanage, and their younger sister is adopted and spoilt by the wealthy Partingtons. Years later, desperate to get her family back together, Helen escapes to London and works as a waitress in Soho, where she meets the charismatic young reporter Matthew Renshaw. Together they search for her lost family, as around them the country prepares for war...
was born and brought up in Newcastle by her English mother and Indian father. She went to drama school in London where she met her husband. After working as a teacher and broadcaster and bringing up four children, Benita became a full-time writer.