Novel is set in historic Scarborough

Val Wood signs a copy of her new book.'121170a
Val Wood signs a copy of her new book.'121170a
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AN AUTHOR who has penned a love story set in 19th century Scarborough has given a talk on her new book.

The Harbour Girl, by Val Wood, went on sale earlier this month and Val visited the Scarborough branch of Waterstones to promote it and sign copies.

Inspiration for the story was drawn from Val’s childhood memories of holidays in Scarborough, which was home to her grandparents.

She also made use of the Maritime Heritage Centre’s website, which she praised in the novels acknowledgements.

Val, who will also be part of Scarborough Literature Festival, said: “In particular, I must mention the factual details regarding the great storm of 1880 in which many ships and lives were lost and which I was able to incorporate as part of my fictional story.”

The Harbour Girl is about a young woman who spends her days watching her mother and the other harbour girls sitting at the water’s edge, before she falls in love with an “exciting and irresistible” stranger from Hull causing dramatic consequences.