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The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon

Author(s): Glenda Young

Location(s): Sunderland, Ryhope, Scarborough

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): Early 20th Century

When a newborn baby girl is found abandoned with nothing but a scarlet ribbon tied to her basket, Ada Davidson, housekeeper of the wealthy McNally family’s home, the Uplands, takes her into her care. Sworn to secrecy about the baby’s true identity, Ada names her Jess and brings her up as her own, giving Jess no reason to question where she came from.

But when Ada passes away, grief-stricken Jess, now sixteen, is banished from the place she’s always called home. With the scarlet ribbon the only connection to her past, will Jess ever find out where she really belongs? And will she uncover the truth about the ruthless McNallys?

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