Josephine Cox grew up in Blackburn in a large family. Being the sixth of ten children, the large family meant that money was tight. Despite there being little money for books growing up, Josephine's imagination was fed by her English teacher and grandfather reading to her and recounting stories. Josephine married her husband, Ken at the age of 16 and they have two sons. She was offered a place at Oxford University, but chose a career in teaching to fit in with her family life.
She wrote her first book, Her Father's Sins, when she was ill in hospital. It took her just six weeks to complete and she hasn't looked back. Published in 1992, it was an overnight success and was reprinted 15 times in the first two months. Josephine wrote another three novels whilst working as a teacher until she quit to become a full-time writer. She writes every day and claims she cannot imagine life without it. She is frequently named as one of the top three authors most borrowed from libraries and she has sold more than 15 million copies of her novels.
One fateful night changes the course of a child’s life forever… Rosie’s mother is a cruel woman and has Rosie’s kind and loving father wrapped around her finger. Though John Tanner does his best to protect her, Rosie often bears the brunt of her mother’s rage. And his protection can’t last forever. In one tragic moment Rosie’s fragile world is shattered. Grieving and alone, Rosie is thrust into a harsh reality, and she must face the obstacles that fate has set in her path. But secrets will out, and Rosie must uncover the shocking truth behind her mother’s cruelty before she can hope for the love and happiness she deserves.