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“You have never kissed me. Patted me, hugged me, but you’ve never kissed me.”
“Oh, Rosie, Rosie.” His face looked on the point of laughter, then his lips fell gently on hers and he held the kiss for some time. Now, pressing her face from him, he said “That’s merely an introduction. When your cheek is better I’ll do it properly.

Catherine Cookson

The Obsession

“Oh God, I’m sorry I bring trouble on people. I don’t mean to, you know that, you know that. And don’t punish me by taking Ned. Keep him safe that’s all I ask. That’s all I’ll ever ask again, just keep him safe.”

Catherine Cookson

The Girl

“Fear is the enemy, fear is the foe, if you run before it down you’ll go. But if you stand and look it in the face, God will pour into you the bravery of grace.”
― Catherine Cookson, The Tide of Life