A Step in the Dark, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A powerful family drama set in India and Scotland, from 1915 to the 1960s It's 1915 when young Bess Ravenhart, recently widowed, leaves her baby son Frazer with her mother-in-law, Cora, while she sails from India to Britain to set up a home.

But Cora has no intention of returning Frazer to his mother's care.

Though Bess makes a new life in Edinburgh and knows the joy - and pain - of motherhood with further children, her heart always aches for the little boy she left behind.

When Frazer travels to Scotland twenty years later, it seems Bess's dreams of a reconciliation will come true.

But Frazer trails danger in his wake, and it's possible that not only he but also Bess and her whole family will live to rue the day of his return...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780755331321



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Widowed, alone , and penniless Bess Ravenhart makes a fatal mistake when she entrusts her baby son to her mother-in-law while she returns to England from India. She is persuaded that she needs time to establish herself in England and make a home for her son, Frazer. Of course her mother-in-law Cora, has no intention of giving up the baby who has replaced her dead son in her heart. Bess travels to England hoping, to find shelter with her father, only to discover he is in financial straits and dying. She eventually realizes that her son is not going to be returned to her and vows to get him back somehow. By this time, World War I has broken out and all travel plans must be shelved for the duration.In order to survive and have the money she knows she will need someday to fight Cora, she manipulates a young man into marrying her. By the time the war ends, she has realized her marriage is a mistake and moves on to raise her daughter alone. After experiencing many difficulties, she finally discovers a love that will last through her life. When her son finally comes to find her, instead of a feeling of completion and happiness, things just get more complicated. By this time she has become the mother of three more daughters and the story goes on following the lives of all five of her children.Judith Lennox is an expert story-teller which makes for compulsive reading. This is a book I would truly label “ epic”, as we span decades of this family’s life, filled with passion, betrayal, love, and tragedy from the year 1915 through to the 1960’s. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and look forward to reading my next Judith Lennox book.

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