Life is hard for a teenage mother living in isolation, on benefits and with little education. Brought up in care herself, Mary dreads the possibility of her little boy ending up in the same place. Social services are already keeping an eye on her and she’s desperately trying to keep her head above water.
A chance meeting with two other women in the city – Sheila, a middle-aged retired professional, and Eileen, an elderly widow – opens Mary’s eyes to a myriad of possibilities and a new outlook on life.
The trials and tribulations of these three women bring them together in the small northern town of Warmfield. But will this unite them for the better?
Sarah Connell lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She has had a long career in further and adult education and before retirement ten years ago, she was CEO of an alternative awarding body. Sarah has written three short novels and is currently working on a fourth. Her debut novel Whenever won the Cinnamon Novel Prize in 2017 and was published to coincide with her seventieth birthday in April 2019. The setting and significant background to all her work is based in West Yorkshire.
Praise for Whenever:
“Sarah Connell writes high-quality fiction combining a depth of observation and character-driven social realism which manages to explore the psychological and moral depths of commonplace catastrophes with a lightness of touch. She produces taut, precise prose that is nonetheless rich in detail; highly engaging and accessible.” Jan Fortune, Cinnamon Press