Josephine Cox Books In Order

Emma Grady Trilogy Books In Publication Order

  1. Outcast (1991)
  2. Alley Urchin (1991)
  3. Vagabonds (1992)

The Journey Books In Publication Order

  1. The Journey (2005)
  2. Journey’s End (2006)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Her Father’s Sins (1988)
  2. Let Loose the Tigers (1988)
  3. Angels Cry Sometimes (1989)
  4. Take this Woman (1990)
  5. Whistledown Woman (1991)
  6. Don’t Cry Alone (1992)
  7. The Tallow Image (1992)
  8. No Mercy (1992)
  9. Nobody’s Darling (1993)
  10. Jessica’s Girl (1993)
  11. Born to Serve (1994)
  12. More than Riches (1994)
  13. Scarlet (1995)
  14. A Little Badness (1995)
  15. Living a Lie (1995)
  16. A Time for Us (1996)
  17. The Devil You Know (1996)
  18. Cradle of Thorns (1997)
  19. The Seeker (1997)
  20. Miss You Forever (1997)
  21. Love Me or Leave Me (1998)
  22. Tomorrow the World (1998)
  23. No Heaven No Hell (1998)
  24. The Hiding Game (1999)
  25. The Gilded Cage (1999)
  26. Let It Shine (1999)
  27. Somewhere, Someday (1999)
  28. Looking Back (2000)
  29. Rainbow Days (2000)
  30. The Woman Who Left (2001)
  31. Bad Boy Jack (2002)
  32. Jinnie (2002)
  33. The Beachcomber (2003)
  34. Live the Dream (2004)
  35. Lovers And Liars (2004)
  36. The Loner (2007)
  37. Songbird (2008)
  38. Girl on the Platform (2008)
  39. Born Bad (2009)
  40. Divorced And Deadly (2009)
  41. Blood Brothers (2010)
  42. Midnight (2011)
  43. Three Letters (2012)
  44. The Broken Man (2013)
  45. The Runaway Woman (2014)
  46. Lonely Girl (2015)
  47. A Family Secret (2016)
  48. A Woman’s Fortune (2018)
  49. Two Sisters (2020)
  50. A Daughter’s Return (2021)
  51. A Time to Remember (2022)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Child Of The North (2005)

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Josephine Cox Books Overview


On a fateful night in 1860, Thadius Grady realizes too late that he has made a grave mistake. In blind faith, he has put himself and his daughter Emma at the mercy of his sister and her conniving husband, Caleb Crowther for he has entrusted to them his entire fortune and the daughter he adores. With his dying breath he pleads to see his daughter one last time, but Caleb’s heart is made of stone. But Caleb lives in fear of the past, for how did Emma’s mother mysteriously die? And what made Thadius and Caleb hate the river people so intensely? History seems likely to repeat itself when Emma falls helplessly in love with Marlow Tanner, a young bargee. For Marlow and Emma, it is an impossible love a love made in Heaven, but which could carry them both to Hell!

Alley Urchin

Emma Grady, transported to Australia for a crime she did not commit, believes the child she bore before she left England is dead. However, the baby Emma is still alive, and growing up as an Alley Urchin in the streets of Blackburn.


Twenty two years ago, Emma Grady was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to transportation to Australia, where she bore and lost her baby daughter. It is now 1885, and Emma has returned to Blackburn, yet she is still haunted by the past, unable to forget how her uncle Caleb Crowther ignored her desperate plea to save herself and her tragic first born. Crowther curses his niece’s return and also hounds Molly, Emma’s estranged daughter. Molly and her children run away, and contending with hunger, exhaustion, and the unwelcome attentions of men, their life at times is almost unbearable. But Molly has inherited Emma’s indomitable spirit.

The Journey

The new bestseller from the country’s number one storyteller is a deeply moving and powerful tale of love and courage and a sacrifice no man should be asked to make. Three strangers are thrown together by chance. It’s an encounter which is destined to change all of their lives for ever. When Ben Morris comes to the aid of Lucy Baker and her daughter Mary, he is intrigued by the story behind their frequent visits to the local graveyard. Later, invited into their home, an old Edwardian place suffused with secrets of the past, Ben hears Lucy’s remarkable tale one she must tell before it’s too late. The story of Barney Davidson, his family and the part Lucy played in his extraordinary life, is one of a deep, abiding love and an incredible sacrifice, spellbinding in its tragedy and passion. And it still exerts a powerful influence in the present day! The Journey is Josephine Cox at her mesmerising best. Spanning decades, generations and continents, it will stay with you for ever.

Journey’s End

It has been more than twenty years since Vicky Maitland last set foot on English soil. Two decades ago she left the city of Liverpool with her three children leaving behind the husband she dearly loved, who had cruelly and inexplicably turned against them all to begin a new life in America. Now nervous and apprehensive, with a fateful letter burning a hole in her pocket, Vicky has finally come home in search of the truth and the shattering secrets behind Barney’s shocking betrayal secrets only Vicky’s old friend, Lucy Baker, knows but swore never to reveal…

Her Father’s Sins

Queenie seemed born to suffer. Her mom died giving birth to her, her drunken father George Kenney ignored her unless he was cursing her, and only beloved Auntie Biddy provided an anchor for the little girl. After Auntie Biddy’s death, there was only Queenie to care for the home and to earn money, and no one to protect her from the father, who blamed his daughter for her mother’s death. But Queenie was resilient. Love, in the shape of Rick Marsden, might have released her from the burden of the drink sodden George. But the sins of the fathers would not be easily forgotten.

Let Loose the Tigers

Queenie returns to Blackburn when her friend Sheila is imprisoned for running a brothel. While visiting Sheila, Queenie is asked by a frail old lady for news of her long lost son. Queenie sets out to find him, little knowing that Rick Marsden, the love she fled from, is searching for her.

Angels Cry Sometimes

The marriage of Marcia and Curt Ratheter seemed idyllically happy. But one fateful day in 1931 brought Marcia’s world tumbling about her, and left her and her two daughters without their beloved father. Barty Bendall had always loved her, and the girls needed a father, so Marcia moved to Blackburn with him, where she tried to forget the past. However, Barty sank into bad ways, tyrannizing the family. Even in troubled times, lovely raven haired Marcia was a fighter. But the news that Curt Ratheter had reappeared would render her helpless prey to wildly conflicting emotions.

Take this Woman

In the tiny front parlour fourteen year old Laura Blake watches her beloved father die, but not before he tells her she will make something of her life. Yet her path to success proves to be a rocky one. Forced to trundle a cart around the back streets, selling other folk’s cast offs to support her family, Laura learns enough to start work in her uncle’s furniture shop. But then fate deals another cruel blow when Laura is brutally raped. Bearing the child of her attacker in secret, she vows to make the world pay for its injustice towards her. As she grows older, her protective shell hardens even as her beauty blossoms, and her new toughness helps her forge a successful career. But it is in affairs of the heart that Laura stumbles, and before she can find fulfilment, she must learn to put her past behind her, and give as well as take.

Whistledown Woman

In 1898, Kathleen Wyman lies in labor at Bessington Hall, her husband Edward sure that she has been unfaithful to him. In his blind, jealous rage, he gives away the baby to gypsy Rona Parrish, summoned to help with the delivery. Kathleen, frenzied with grief, is soon locked away in an asylum. Rejected by her father, the little girl begins her new life with only a valuable brooch pinned to her shawl as a clue to her true origins. Starlena grows up in ignorance of her true parentage and vast inheritance, believing her birthplace to be the beautiful Whistledown Valley. And Rona, always afraid, stays watchful over the years for any sign that someone might track Starlena down someone who wishes her harm.

Don’t Cry Alone

Beth Ward and Tyler Blacklock share a love they know will last forever. But Beth’s mother, Esther, is jealous of the girl and seizes an opportunity to be rid of her daughter. Banished in disgrace from the family home, Beth takes the northbound train and alights at Blackburn, friendless and alone. On this day, Fortune smiles, for Beth is taken in by warm hearted Maisie Armstrong, a widow with two children. Money is scarce, but love abounds in the cozy house on Larkhill, and Beth is content there to await the birth of her child. But she cannot forget Tyler, and is tormented by the belief that he has betrayed her. Beth is a woman of rare courage and fortitude, but there is yet more danger and heartbreak to be endured before she can find peace and happiness.

The Tallow Image

Rebecca Norman is condemned to die, and as she awaits her execution, she fashions two tallow dolls. A century later, one of the dolls falls into the hands of Cathy Slater, and Cathy begins to change. Only one person can help her an old woman who has waited with dread for the evil to resurface.

No Mercy

Many years ago, the isolated mansion had been a magnificent sight. Now it was almost derelict, its sinister history known only to its strange inhabitants and to one other. Yet it is Ellie Armstrong’s home, and here she experiences love, a love that is hypnotic and fatally compelling.

Nobody’s Darling

Money is short in their little house in Blackburn, and Ruby yearns to give her beloved family a better life. Determined to enjoy the security only wealth can bring, she stifles her feelings for young men, and works as a maid for Mr. Banks and his daughter, Cicely. When she finally finds work in a milliner’s shop, and takes over the business, she learns that worldly success still leaves an emptiness that riches cannot fill, and that the love of family and friends is beyond price.

Jessica’s Girl

A saga which follows the fortunes of an East End girl who, on the death of her mother, goes to Blackburn to live with her uncle’s family and has to cope with his cruelty to her.

Born to Serve

When Jenny’s mistress Claudia seduces her sweetheart, Frank, he leaves ashamed for a new life in Blackburn. Losing Frank is just the first of many disasters that leave Jenny struggling to cope alone. When Claudia gives birth to Frank’s baby girl, she cruelly disowns the helpless infant and relies on Jenny to care for little Katie and love her as her own. Always afraid for the beloved child who has come to depend on her, Jenny is constantly called upon to show courage and fortitude to fight for all she holds dear. In her heart she yearns for Frank, believing that one day they must be reunited. When Fate takes a hand, it seems as though Jenny may see her dreams come true.

More than Riches

When Rosie’s parents were involved in a train accident, her mother was killed and her father left crippled, unable to earn a living and relying on Rosie to keep the wolf from the door. With her mother gone and her sweetheart Adam away in the army, Rosie is lonely. She eagerly awaits the letters from him, but they never come. As she grows more disillusioned, Adam’s best friend Doug goes out of his way to be charming and attentive. Alone and confused, Rosie blossoms under his evil influence. Soon she is carrying Doug’s baby, her father has thrown her out of the house, and she agrees to marry Doug. But Rosie’s whole world falls apart when a warm and wonderful letter arrives from Adam telling her he’s on his way home.

A Little Badness

Young Cathy Blackthorn has never experienced any loving response from her mother; it is her beloved aunt Margaret, with a heart as big and warm as the summer sky, who has been more of a mother than her own could ever be. And when Cathy’s father Frank Blackthorn brings home a London street urchin and announces this will be the son he and Rita have never had, Cathy despairs of ever winning her parents’ love. Cathy is a generous soul, though, and tries to give the young lad a chance to prove himself, but unlike her best friend, David Leyton, something about him makes her more than uneasy.

A Time for Us

Lucy Nolan is a golden girl. When Jack Hanson asks her to marry him, she is ready to give up everything for him. But tragedy strikes, and for the first time, Lucy is forced to realize that Fate, which has been so kind to her, can also be cruel.

The Devil You Know

Fleeing a dangerous affair with her ruthless boss, Sonny Fareham tries to make a new life for herself in the north of England. When the handsome and mysterious David Langham seems drawn to her, she almost dares to believe she could be happy again.

Cradle of Thorns

When Nell becomes pregnant, she is forced to leave behind her life and travel across the Bedfordshire countryside of 1890. On her journey she meets Kit, a ten year old orphan. She takes him under her wing, both of them aware there must be a reckoning.

The Seeker

She is known as the woman on Bluebell Hill. To the drivers who have seen her, she is a mystery, a ghostly figure. One minute the road is clear and suddenly she appears from nowhere. There’s a squeal of brakes and when the driver rushes out, horrified, she is nowhere to be seen. Dave Walters is a contented family man until she singles him out. From that moment his life and those of his loved ones are turned upside down.

Miss You Forever

One winter’s night Rosie finds a woman sheltering in her yard. Kathleen looks like an aged vagabond, carrying all her worldly possessions, including her diaries, in a grubby tapestry bag. When Kathleen entrusts the diaries to Rosie, she reads a heartrending tale of stolen dreams, true love, and loss.

Love Me or Leave Me

When both her parents die, Eva Bereton’s uncle throws her off the farm she believed belonged to her parents. She starts a new life, and things start to look up for her until she arrives in Blackburn where her past mistakes rise to haunt her.

Tomorrow the World

Bridget Mulligan loves her husband, but she can t quite forget Harry and when a snow storm drives her into his arms, the inevitable happens. Nine months later a child is born. Alone, Bridget knows her life will never be complete without him.

The Hiding Game

He had seen it with his own eyes. So when Mike’s son denies seeing anything unusual, the doctors’ diagnosis is confirmed: Mike Peterson is losing his mind. While Mike is undergoing treatment, Kerry has taken on the family reponsibilities. But, three years later, Mike is soon to be released.

The Gilded Cage

Powerful, hard hearted Leonard Mears ruthlessly presides over his wife and children, exiling them from the outside world and brutally punishing any disobedience. But he is also a man with a dark secret; an illegitimate daughter that he forced his sister to bring up. The girl is now a young woman who, unbeknown to him, is determined to find the father that abandoned her. James Peterson, a gifted young man, runs Mear’s factory with more success than Leonard’s own sons. He lives for the day he can have his own business and make his fortune. Only then will he be able to declare his love for beautiful Isabel Mears who he means to release from The Gilded Cage her father has created. But then the lonely, lovely Sally comes in to his life, turning his heart and dreams upside down.

Let It Shine

Ada Williams was an ambitious woman who believed money and power would bring her happiness. Now she’s alone, except for a greedy son who despises her and waits to inherit her fortune. Ada, however, has a different plan altogether.

Somewhere, Someday

Barney would always love her, but he couldn t stay, not while his wandering soul craved adventure. Although Kelly had always known he would leave, she could never have imagined how dramatically it would change her world.

Looking Back

When her mother disappears and her father abdicates all responsibility for his children, 18 year old Molly Tattersall must give up her hopes of love to take care of her five siblings.

Rainbow Days

Silas and Cathleen have loved each other since childhood. But when a jealous woman drives them apart, each is swept to a place where it seems there is no love, no peace, and no way back. This is a dramatic tale of courage and heartbreak.

The Woman Who Left

Louise and Ben Hunter’s loving marriage is marred only by their unfulfilled longing for a child. Living and working with Ben’s father, Ronnie, they are quietly contented. But when Ronnie dies, their whole world changes. Ben’s lazy brother Jacob returns, convinced that he stands to inherit Ronnie’s small fortune. And he means to have his brother’s wife though just as she did years before, Louise warns him off. Jacob, however, is not so easily dismissed. When he realizes Ben will inherit everything, Jacob is beside himself with rage, and commits a terrible deed, one that threatens to destroy everything his brother and Louise hold dear.

Bad Boy Jack

Unable to raise his children alone, Robert Sullivan abandons them, and Jack and Nancy go to a brutal children’s home, where Jack’s temper lands him in trouble and they are separated. Meanwhile, Robert is recovering from an accident, wondering if he will ever see them and Mary, his only love, again.


Ten years ago, Louise Hunter’s life was torn apart by tragedy. Her husband, Ben, killed himself; her brother in law was murdered; and her sister, Susan, abandoned her new born daughter, revealing the baby is Ben’s child. Louise remains haunted by guilt over the one night she spent with Ben’s friend Eric, and refuses to return Eric’s love. But after adopting Jinnie, she finds new happiness until Susan decides she wants Jinnie back.

The Beachcomber

One of Great Britain’s most beloved bestselling authors, Josephine Cox enthralls American readers with a poignant tale of broken lives redeemed. The windswept village of West Bay is hope, an escape, and a future for Kathy Wilson, who dreams of turning the empty cottage she inherited into a home free of the pain she suffered back in London. As the summer slowly pas*ses, she puzzles silently over her fascination with an enigmatic wanderer who strolls the beach below her window. Tom Marcus needed a place to hide when the life he knew was brutally destroyed. Inexplicably drawn to this captivating loner, Kathy feels a bond forming that will radically change them both. But the shadows that haunt them will not be dismissed until they can find the courage to open their hearts.

Live the Dream

Plain, down to earth Amy Maitland can’t help but notice the sad and handsome stranger who spends every Tuesday at the local caf an artist who puts his heart and turbulent emotions on canvas in vivid, powerful paintings. No stranger herself to the pain of loss and betrayal, she is drawn to this haunted man, his kindness, and his mystery. But Luke Hammond is more than he seems. A wealthy factory owner in financially depressed Blackburn, he seeks a haven from his guilt and tragic past an escape he seems to find in Amy’s warm smile and gentle spirit. Yet Amy Maitland is not of his world, and there is no place for her in Luke’s shattered life unless they can both open their wounded hearts to a promise each believed long dead…
and find the courage to embrace the most glorious dream of all.

Lovers And Liars

The powerful new bestseller from Josephine Cox one of our foremost storytellers. It is 1902. Emily is sixteen years of age and blissfully in love with John, two years her senior. Together they are secretly planning a life, when they are violently driven apart. Denied the man she loves, and dominated by a brutally possessive uncle, Emily is devastated when she is cruelly taken advantage of. When a child is born, her life is in tatters. And she cannot reveal the identity of the father to anyone, or there will be a terrible price to pay. Trapped and ashamed, she seeks solace in her daughter, Cathleen, but there is little consolation. As time pas*ses, and still there is no sign of the man she loved, Emily resigns herself to the fact that he may never return, and her life begins to take another direction. However, John is never far from her mind. Is her love still waiting for her? But when history threatens to repeat itself and the father of her child once again preys on her, she must put all thoughts of John aside and find a way to safeguard her daughter. / Requires internet enabled mobile phone 3G recommended

The Loner

Davie Adams wasn’t quite an adult the night he lost it all. His mother gone forever and his father on the run, Davie knew that he could no longer stay in Blackburn, the only home he’d ever known. He made his way to London with little more than the shirt on his back, desperate to escape his haunted memories and sure that he could survive anything. But life on his own is not what Davie expects. His search for his father proves fruitless, and the loneliness eats away at him. Anxious to reunite with the people he left behind, he returns to his anguished grandfather and his childhood love still pining for him in Blackburn where he discovers that only his own fears can keep him from learning the truth about what tore his family apart.


A mesmerizing new bestseller from Josephine Cox the country’s favourite storyteller. In 1996, in the riverside town of Bedford, four students are living next door a reclusive old woman. She never opens the door to anyone and rarely ventures out in the daytime. But she watches them from behind the curtains. One evening, while the students are listening to orchestral music, the haunting voice of a woman can be heard singing. When the music stops, the voice continues to enthrall them. One of the students, Betty, is sure it is coming from their neighbour, although the others think it impossible. They have no way of knowing that the woman next door holds a dark and dangerous secret, one that she has carried with her for over twenty years! We are transported back to 1978, where the woman is young and vibrant, but as she grows older, experiencing both great love and terrible pain, she finds herself in isolation, having deserted everything she cares for. Yet just when she thinks her life is truly over, the kindness of one young girl brings her back from the brink of total devastation. But there is danger everywhere. Coming back from the dark will not be easy.

Born Bad

They say you never forget your first love…
and it’s true. Eighteen years ago when he was still a boy, Harry made a decision that drove him from the place and the girl he loved. Somehow in the ensuing years, he made a new life for himself and found a semblance of peace. Yet the memories of his past and of the warm, carefree girl with the laughing eyes have haunted his every waking moment. The years were not kind to sweet and pretty Judy Roberts. Forsaken at a tender age, cruelly disowned by her family, she has had to make difficult decisions in order to survive guarding a shameful secret and damned by an unfairly earned reputation: Born Bad. Now Harry is coming home. There is grave danger and painful truths here, but he needs to make things right no matter what the cost. More than that, Harry needs to be forgiven and he can only pray that he’s not too late.

Divorced And Deadly

Bestselling author Josephine Cox brings us a hilarious and entertaining tale for next Christmas! ‘I’m 36 years of age; handsome and fit. I’m not as tall as I’d like to be, nor am I rippling with chest muscles. But I reckon I’m a dead ringer for Hugh Grant.’ After years spent with ‘the dreaded Laura’ Ben is finally free! A new divorcee he can’t wait to get back in the game and sets about writing a list of all the things he has to do: / NOT sign up to the gym. He’s fit enough anyway. / Smoke cigars they’re much more sophisticated than cigarettes. / NOT contact Laura and that includes hiding in the bushes to spy on her. / Play the field! As Ben enters the world of singledom with his sidekick Dickie Manse brains in his pants, Ben finds himself on a whole new adventure and has plenty of fun along the way.

Blood Brothers

Josephine Cox Drama with heart Alice Jacobs has finally found the family she always wanted! With her shy smile and kind nature, Alice wins the hearts of the Arnold family. A decent and well respected couple,Tom and Nancy Arnold have raised two very different sons, Frank and Joe. Frank is a devious, brutal man. Seeing Alice as the key to his fortune, he is determined to have her for himself. However, his younger brother Joe has fallen in love with Alice, so when she and Frank become engaged to marry, Joe leaves home, determined to put a distance between himself and temptation. He reluctantly returns when Frank summons him to be his best man. Alice finds herself inexplicably drawn to Joe, but feeling it to be her duty, she goes ahead and marries Frank, not wishing to hurt him. On their wedding night Frank shows his true colours and when he forces Alice to reveal a devastating secret, his evil nature reaps a shocking revenge. In his blind hatred, intent on punishing those who have crossed him, Frank plans the final, ultimate retribution. An act that could tear apart not only the Arnold family, but shatter the lives of those around them forever. Unless someone can stop him !


No. 1 bestselling author Josephine Cox returns with a powerful, dark love story shrouded in shocking secrets and malignant forces. All Jack’s life, the nightmares had haunted him, dragging him back to a place where it was always Midnight! Molly and Jack are deeply in love but their relationship is being torn apart by Jack’s nightmares. Trapped in a place where he is taunted by eyes in the gloom, it is becoming harder for Molly to pull him free, and when daylight comes the haunting visions remain. He can make no sense of them, though, when he is deep in the dreams, he knows exactly what’s demanded of him. Realising that Jack is being driven close to the edge, Molly urges him to seek help, and with their relationship faltering, Jack decides to hunt for answers. His search takes him back to the place where he grew up, and it soon becomes clear that he must trace people from his past, particularly the one person he could turn to through his troubled childhood. But Jack could never have imagined the true horrors of what he is about to uncover!

Child Of The North

Josephine Cox returns to the land of her birth, the environment which provides so many settings for her novels, and in the company of her fictional characters rediscovers the influences whiech define her as a writer. The author has talked at length with Josephine Cox about her early years, and weaves together her childhood with the people she draws in her books. He has visited Blackburn where Jo grew up, delved into the town’s archives, talked to people there who remember earlier days and taken many photographs to complement the contemporary pictures he has unearthed. The result is Jo Cox’s story brought to life through character and reminiscence, photographs and imagination.

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