A Mother’s Betrayal

A Mother’s Betrayal

A heart-stopping and compelling Victorian saga from the bestselling author of A Shilling for a Wife


<h2>The new page-turning and gritty Victorian saga from the bestselling author of A Shilling for a Wife, perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin</h2>


Manchester, 1867

Mara longs for a peaceful life free of violence and poverty. But she has married into the O'Hara family, who have a reputation for drunkenness and quick tempers. Her eldest stepson Conrad is the worst of them all - a brute and a criminal who makes Mara's life a misery.

But when Conrad is accused of a crime he didn't commit, Mara is the only one who can prove his innocence. Perhaps this is her chance to finally free her family from his toxic influence . . .

Will Mara clear Conrad's name, or will she have the courage to break away from her stepson's villainy?


Readers are loving A Mother's Betrayal:

***** 'Emma Hornby has done it again, with her brilliant storytelling... A big thank you to Emma'
***** 'What an excellent read... Emma Hornby writes some wonderful stories and this one hits the mark'
***** 'A heartbreakingly good read... Very worthy five stars and more from me it's a must read'
***** 'I do love to read Emma Hornby's books they are so atmospheric and draw you into the story from start to finish and make you want more. Excellent'
***** 'Wow, what a book. Its such an emotional roller-coaster... I devoured this in one sitting'

If you love historical fiction, Emma's newest WW2 saga, A Daughter's War, is coming in August 2022 and is available to pre-order now


  • 'Emma Hornby writes strong, working-class women with heart and humour. The book is an absolute joy'
    Glenda Young, author of The Miner's Lass

About the author

Emma Hornby

Emma Hornby lives on a tight-knit working-class estate in Bolton and has read sagas all her life. Before pursuing a career as a novelist, she had a variety of jobs, from care assistant for the elderly, to working in a Blackpool rock factory. She was inspired to write after researching her family history; like the characters in her books, many generations of her family eked out life amidst the squalor and poverty of Lancashire's slums.
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