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Category: SAGA

SAGA

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  • A LONELY HEART

    Growing up in fear of their cruel, drunken father, Olivia Bone and her siblings haven’t had an easy start in life.

    But when Livvie’s fiancé Joe is killed at Ypres and he bequeaths her his house in Islington, it seems like the Bone family might finally escape the worst street in north London.

    Though their new life is anything but settled, at least Livvie has good friends, and perhaps more than a friend in Lieutenant Lucas Black, her old boss at the Barratt’s Sweet Factory. Although they come from very different worlds, he never treats her as anything less than a lady. As they grow closer, she decides to enlist as a war nurse, hoping to help brave men like him in fighting for their country.

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    Gosport, 1941. The Bluebird Girls – Rainey Bird, Bea Herron and Ivy Sparrow – are on their way to stardom. From working mens’ clubs to the glamour of the Savoy Hotel, fame and fortune beckon as the south coast’s favourite singing trio work to charm their way into the hearts of the nation.

    But the war rages on, and reaching the top of their game will not be easy. Blonde bombshell Bea is still dealing with the fallout of a traumatic encounter last winter. Rainey is determined to live up to her mother’s belief in her, but finds herself struggling with the whirlwind of life in showbusiness. And Ivy , usually so self-possessed, is hopelessly in love…

    As bombs rain down and rationing bites harder, it will take all their grit, good humour and the support of friends and family to see them through.

    Can the girls keep their dream alive through Britain’s darkest hour?

    ‘Rich in period detail and, as always, passion, drama, friendship and family take star billing. [A] warm and appealing story’ Lancashire Evening Post on The Bluebird Girls

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    The most heartwarming new wartime series of 2019.

    Hampshire, 1939, and three young women are about to get the break of a lifetime.

    Rainey Bird, Ivy Sparrow and Bea Herron all love to sing. For Rainey , music has been a solace during the upheaval of starting a new life with her mother, away from her abusive dad. Bea finds a confidence when she sings that she cannot get from anything else. Ivy sees it as her best chance of making a life away from Gosport and a dead-end job.

    The three of them sing in a choir run by the strict but kind Mrs Wilkes. The choir provides a couple of hours of stardust each week, away from school and work and family worries.

    When war breaks out, though, dreams must be put on hold. It seems that local pantomimes and charity shows are as far as the girls will be able to go, despite Mrs Wilkes’s faith in their talent. That is, until a mysterious stranger arrives with a proposition that just might change their lives…

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  • THE FORCES' SWEETHEARTS

    Gripping, emotional Second World War saga for fans of Annie Groves, Shirley Dickson and Soraya Lane.

    1943, and The Bluebird Girls are at the top of their game. They are touring with ENSA, visiting army bases across the world in order to boost the morale of the brave boys fighting in the desert and the jungle. The hours are long and the travelling uncomfortable, but Bea , Rainey and Ivy wouldn’t be anywhere else for the world.

    Then tragedy strikes the group and their little showbusiness family. Their manager, Blackie , and Rainey’s mother Jo find themselves with heavy new responsibilities, and the change in circumstances causes the girls themselves to reconsider their lives.

    For years, singing on stage has been their only dream, and they have made so many sacrifices to get where they are. But now other possibilities – relationships, babies – are on the horizon. Could this be the end for The Bluebird Girls?

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  • A MOTHER'S LOVE

    A moving saga of family relationships and ambition in one Liverpool pub. When an unexpected event turns life upside down, Eve must summon all her strength to protect her daughters . . .‘A strongly-written saga that captures and holds the reader’s attention from start to finish’ Historical Novels Review

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  • A MONTH OF SUMMER

    From the million-copy bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a novel about one summer like no other.

    When Rebecca Macklin receives a long-distance call from the Dallas police to explain her aging father has been found repeatedly wandering the city streets alone, and his wife has suffered a serious illness and landed in a nursing home, it is not what she is expecting. Despite the demands of the busy LA legal practice Rebecca shares with her husband, she must put aside old resentments and return to her childhood home.

    When Hanna Beth Parker hears about the arrival of her stepdaughter, Rebecca, who has stayed away for decades, she knows something is terribly wrong. Suddenly, the last person she’d ever turn to for help is the only one she can count on. But forging a relationship with Rebecca will require awakening old ghosts. In this moving story of separation and forgiveness, two women will unravel the betrayals of the past, examine the yearnings of the heart, and discover the truest meaning of family.

    Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes and Santa Montefiore.

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  • DANDELION SUMMER

    From the million-copy bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a beautiful novel which will make you want to laugh and cry.

    All her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, at sixteen, she must move to the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill and work where she’s not wanted: in an upscale home on The Hill.

    J. Norman Alvord’s daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie’s presence, Norman discovers a mystery. Deep in his mind lie memories of another house, another life, and a woman who saved him.

    As summer comes to Blue Sky Hill, two residents from different worlds will journey through a turbulent past, find that an unexpected road trip can bring a life-changing friendship … and discover clues to a family secret hidden for a lifetime.

    Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes and Santa Montefiore.

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  • THE SUMMER KITCHEN

    From the million-copy bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes an inspiring novel about one woman’s effect on a struggling Dallas neighbourhood.

    Sometimes hope springs up in unlikely places. Sandra Kaye Darden certainly never expects to find it in the little pink house left by her uncle Poppy. With her adopted son, Jake, missing thousands of miles away, and her family life disintegrating, Sandra feels as if her life is falling apart. A decaying house in a struggling Dallas neighbourhood just adds to her burden. But what begins for Sandra as a simple painting project to help sell the house for sale becomes a secret venture that starts to change everything

    Cass Blue is having trouble keeping food on the table since she left her foster care. When Sandra Kaye shows up with lunch one day, Cass has no way of knowing that the meeting will lead to the creation of the Summer Kitchen, a place of refuge that could reunite a divided community.

    In this moving story of second chances, two unlikely allies realize their ability to make a difference… and the power of their Summer Kitchen to nourish the soul.

    Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes and Santa Montefiore.

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  • BEYOND SUMMER

    From the million-copy bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes an uplifting novel where unexpected challenges and new friendships reveal what ‘home’ really means.

    When Tam Lambert learns that her family are about to be evicted from their lovely home, the privileged life she’s known is forever changed. Tam and her family must move to a changing Dallas neighbourhood called Blue Sky Hill…

    New resident Shasta Williams knows nothing of real estate schemes when she and her husband purchase a home in Blue Sky Hill. To her it’s the perfect place to raise her children. Better yet is getting to know Tam, who lives next door.

    When neighbours realize that a corrupt deal could force them from their homes, friendships and loyalties are tested. Over the span of one summer, two young women discover the strength and maturity to do the impossible. They find that in Blue Sky Hill, life-altering relationships and amazing possibilities can begin to blossom…

    Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes and Santa Montefiore.

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  • A MOTHER'S JOURNEY

    Hull, 1940. Edie Copeland has just arrived on Jubilee Row, carrying a secret and a heavy suitcase. She left York and her job at the Rowntrees Factory after tragedy struck to make a fresh start, but she’s a stranger to this street, and her fellow tenant doesn’t hesitate to remind her of this, widow or no.

    Luckily, the neighbours are a little more welcoming and Edie is soon made to feel at home by the Maguires and the Scuttles. As air raids sound, and the war feels closer than ever, the community has to stick together. But Edie is hiding something, and she doesn’t know how much longer she can keep it up.

    Is the past going to catch up with her? And will Edie still be able to call Jubilee Row home when the truth comes out?

    For fans of Dilly Court, Rosie Goodwin and Katie Flynn, this is the launch of a new series based around the true stories of the Blitz.

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  • A CORNISH INHERITANCE

    Helen Fox and her bon viveur husband Harry are the toast of the Bristol set, in the years immediately following the Great War; popular, successful, and blessed with three charming, though wilful, children. Harry’s family own Fox Bay, a hotel and private beach on the South Devon coast, and since the death of his father during the war. Harry and Helen often bring large groups of friends down to stay, and their reputation for entertaining becomes legendary.

    But in 1920 their world is shattered. Following a disastrous investment in a shipping company, an investment suggested by his best friend, and unable to regain his lost wealth and social standing, Harry falls into a decline which soon spells tragedy and financial ruin for his family. Their future, and that of the family hotel, is set to become extremely complicated.

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  • CHRISTMAS ON EMMERDALE FARM

    A wonderful Christmas gift for fans of ITV’s Emmerdale and readers who love heartwarming and heartbreaking stories set in wartime.

    August 1914, and a terrible war begins, one that will affect the lives of everyone in the village of Beckindale. For Maggie Sugden, left to run Emmerdale Farm on her own while her husband, Joe, is at the front, it will bring grief and loss but also independence and the chance to find a place to belong – and perhaps even to love again.

    Christmas At Emmerdale is the first in a sweeping new saga series, exploring the lives of Emmerdale’s much-loved families during the run up to the Great War.

    What readers are saying about Christmas at Emmerdale:
    ‘An enjoyable read with well written and well-developed characters’

    ‘Had a fantastic Christmas and Emmerdale feel to it. Really enjoyed it!’

    ‘A fantastic book!’

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  • THE WAY HOME

    North London, 1916. When Olivia Bone and Lieutenant Lucas Black shared a passionate kiss one summer’s evening, it seemed as if their love might finally have a chance to bloom. But their brief happiness is cut short when Lucas is sent to fight on the front line, leaving Livvie uncertain if she’ll ever see him again. And after a chance encounter with one of Lucas’s old flames, Livvie is left doubting whether an ex-factory girl like her will ever fit into his world – and wondering if she would be better off protecting her heart.

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  • A PLACE TO BELONG

    It’s 1943 and Ireland has escaped the worst of the war raging in Europe, but life is not without its hardships. When fire breaks out at the convent in Cavan where she has spent the past ten years, orphan Eva Fallon barely escapes with her life. Amidst tragedy and hardship, the only ray of light is the friendship of Ma Scully and her growing, secret love for Cathal. And through it all Eva clings to her hope that one day she will find a place where she can truly belong.

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  • THE ORPHAN'S GIFT

    When all seems lost, will her mother’s legacy keep her safe?

    Praise for Anne Baker’s Merseyside sagas: ‘ A stirring tale of romance and passion, poverty and ambition’ Liverpool Echo

    Aimee Kendrick is no stranger to heartache. Having lost her father during the Great War and her mother, a famous French impressionist painter, in a tragic accident, Aimee is brought up by her troubled grandparents on the banks of the river Mersey. She works hard at her art lessons and is encouraged to believe she has inherited her mother’s gift, but it is her childhood friend and fellow student Frankie Hopkins who shows greater talent. When Frankie joins the Kendrick’s textile mill to work on new fabric designs, Aimee begs her grandfather to teach her how to run the business. Working together, Aimee and Frankie become much more than friends but then they find themselves involved in family problems and it is impossible to know what the future holds.

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  • A DAUGHTER'S JOURNEY

    Jo Melling has arrived in Birch End from Australia, still grieving her father’s recent death. She’s not intending to stay long, but after tracking down her distant family, Jo becomes more involved in village life than she could ever have imagined – and suddenly in danger too.

    Jo also finds herself drawn to Nick, a handsome newcomer to the village. Nick had planned to settle in Birch End and start a business, but as he grows closer to Jo, he realises he may have to choose between his dreams and a chance at love.

    Meanwhile, the new local council are faced with some tough decisions of their own. It’s time to take a stand against the poor conditions in Backshaw Moss, the nearby slum, but some councillors want things to stay as they are – and will go to any lengths to make sure they get their way . . .

    Will the decent people of the valley win a brighter future for themselves? And can Jo find a way to stay with Nick in a place she’s grown to love?

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  • WARTIME AT EDWARDES HOTEL

    As war rages, can Christmas joy be found in Covent Garden…

    1943, Sukie and Pattie have left Devon to work at the bustling Edwardes Hotel in Covent Garden. With Sukie on reception greeting every new guest and Pattie gathering gossip from below stairs, these country girls quickly feel at home.

    Then tragedy strikes and Sukie finds herself struggling, but it is her new friends at the hotel that rally around her and helping her find hope in all the darkness. Only to discover that the hotel is in trouble and Sukie knows she has to help. But as the festive season approaches, can the girls work together to save their new home and make this a Christmas to remember?

    Full of romance, heartbreak and friendship, this is the perfect heart-warming saga for fans of Annie Groves and Ellie Dean.

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