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The Ghost of Lily Painter

Caitlin Davies


The first time Annie Sweet sees 43 Stanley Road, the house is so perfect she almost feels as though it has chosen her. She longs to move in, but with her husband seeming more distant, and her daughter wrapped up in her friends and new school, Annie is left alone to mull over the past.

Soon she becomes consumed by the house and everyone who has lived there before her, especially a young chorus girl called Lily Painter, a rising star of the music hall whose sparkling performances were the talk of the town.

In Edwardian London, two notorious baby farmers, lured young unmarried mothers with the promise adopting their babies and offering them a better life.

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