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Maureen Lee



Maureen Lee was born in Liverpool and had numerous short stories published and a play professionally staged before her first novel was published. Her award-winning novels have earned her many fans. Her latest novel, The Leaving of Liverpool, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. She is an RNA winner, and writes full time. Maureen now lives in Colchester, Essex.

To find out more, visit www.maureenlee.co.uk

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Violet's Children

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An Eye For An Eye

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The Kelly Sisters

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It should have been the start of a brand new life in Liverpool...Patricia, Tara and Aideen couldn't be more excited about leaving Dublin with their father and heading for a new life in Liverpool. Yet it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems. The day after the family arrive in England, father Bernie hastily sweeps the girls onto a huge ocean liner heading to New York.When Bernie tragically vanishes midway across the Atlantic, the grieving sisters are forced to prepare themselves for a new life far away from home, friends and family. What was their father running from? Can the girls put the tragedy behind them and build new lives in New York?A heartwarming family saga from Sunday Times bestselling author Maureen Lee - perfect for readers of Katie Flynn, Dilly Court and Kitty Neale. What readers are saying about Maureen Lee - the queen of Liverpool sagas 'A great storyteller' Liz, Amazon reviewer'The characters jump off the page, I would definitely recommend' R, Amazon reviewer'I never want to put Maureen's books down' Whitehouse, Amazon reviewer'I couldn't put this book down' Pat, Amazon reviewer'Kept me gripped from the very first page...highly recommend' Diana, Amazon reviewer

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Dusk

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A gripping ebook-exclusive suspense novel from Sunday Times bestselling author, Maureen Lee.Sixteen years ago, summer went wrong...As school closed and the long summer break begins, lifelong friends Norah and Daisy are looking forward to one last summer together. Daisy has finished school and is about to marry; Norah is due to return for her A Levels. Those last few weeks were meant to be a special time, but that was before the strangely charismatic Jack Hannay arrived at the local boatyard. Instead of visiting all the places they had planned that summer, the girls fall under Jack's dark spell as does beautiful Amanda, who dreams of being an actress. But as the summer draws to a close, Daisy refuses to accept that it is over. She insists on one last visit to Jack's boat where something so horrific happens that it shatters the lives of all three girls in a cruel and brutal way. Sixteen years later, all three women are still suffering from the effects of that night in their own different ways. But there are matters yet to be resolved, mysteries to solve and truths to face before lives can return to normal, if they ever can...

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The Seven Streets of Liverpool

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Flora and Grace

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The Second World War - a mother must make a heartbreaking sacrifice in order to save her child...A poignant and powerful family saga from the author of Au Revoir Liverpool.1944. It is spring, late morning, when Flora's life changes for ever. She is standing on a platform in the Swiss mountains, watching as a cattle train draws near. From within the wooden trucks she can hear human voices - groaning, pleading and desperate.Horrified, she begins to run alongside the train, frantically trying to help. But as the train picks up speed, a filthy bundle of rags is thrust through the slats and into her arms - 'Take him. His name is Simon.' Flora stands on the platform, a baby boy cradled against her. And although everything looks exactly as it did moments before, nothing will ever be the same again.Sunday Times bestseller Maureen Lee has written a powerful, moving story of war, motherhood and love.

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After the War is Over

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A heart-warming tale set in Liverpool and London during the post-war years, from bestselling author Maureen Lee.Liverpool, 1945. Three women, firm friends, return home from the war and try to fit back into their old lives after they've been demobbed. They've been thrown together by the war, and have shared all sorts of good and bad times. Now their old lives seem dull in comparison. But not for long...The younger women, Maggie and Nell, are both twenty-one and are full of hope and excitement; Iris, on the other hand, is feeling apprehensive about returning to civilian life. At the age of thirty,her only wish in life is to have a baby, but sadly this wish has yet to come true.When one of the women falls pregnant, there begins a dramatic sequence of events so far-reaching that the three friends' lives will become more intricately interwoven than they could ever have imagined. Over the next quarter of a century, this story of three remarkable - and very different - women unfolds into an uplifting tale of how three ordinary families become extraordinary.

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Au Revoir Liverpool

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Laceys of Liverpool

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A compelling Liverpool story of deep emotion and tangled family relationships which hide a dreadful secret.Alice Lacey couldn't be more different from her sister-in-law, Cora. Alice is married to John, Cora to his hapless younger brother Billie. Both women give birth to sons on one chaotic night in 1940. It is Cora's jealousy and resentment that prompts her to swap her puny baby for Alice's beautiful son. With Alice's marriage in tatters, she borrows money from Cora in order to purchase the lease of the tiny hairdresser where she works. Alice is talented; the business thrives and a chain of salons becomes Laceys of Liverpool. The relationships between the cousins Cormac and Maurice, their parents, Alice's three girls and their eventual husbands and children, combine to give a unique picture of Liverpool in the last sixty years of the twentieth century.

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Kitty and Her Sisters

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Another wonderful Liverpool saga from bestselling author, Maureen Lee.At the age of nineteen, Kitty McCarthy has decided she is going to live a life less ordinary - although she doesn't know quite how to go about it. What she does know is that she doesn't want to get married and raise children in Liverpool like her elder sisters: Claire, who is a mother-hen; easy-going Norah and elegant Aileen. But Kitty's resolve is tested by the unexpected direction her life takes. The combination of an impetuous youthful decision and a chance meeting twenty years later are to have momentous repercussions that will stay with her for ever, and it is her sisters who are the constant thread when other relationships come and go. They know her best, they say, and in the end they know what's best for her - although Kitty would almost certainly disagree...

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The September Girls

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Two families - and their secrets . . . A superb Liverpool saga from bestselling author Maureen LeeIn Liverpool, on a stormy September night in 1920, two women from very different backgrounds give birth to daughters in the same house. Enemies at first, they later become friends when separate troubles unite them. But friendship between their daughters, Cara and Sybil, is a different matter.Nineteen years later, at the beginning of the Second World War, Cara and Sybil find themselves thrown together when they enlist and are both stationed in Malta. It is a time of live-changing repercussions for them both while, back home in Liverpool, the bombs rain down on a defiant city.

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Martha's Journey

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Nothing Lasts Forever

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A warm-hearted story of one idyllic summer and four very different women - from the bestselling author of MOTHER OF PEARL.Brodie Logan's seemingly idyllic life with her once-loving husband is suddenly turned upside down - so she moves to a big shared house in Liverpool, and there meets a remarkable group of people.Twenty-five-year-old Diana seems so innocent and childlike, yet she was responsible for raising her three younger brothers. But suddenly there is no place for her in the only home she has ever known. Vanessa, once a successful career woman, still can't get over the shock of an unexpected rejection. And Rachel, barely fifteen, with her baby daughter, Poppy, is determined to keep the child some people seem set on taking away from her. As they while away the brilliant summer under the trees in the lovely garden of the big house, friendships form that will last a lifetime - but there are troubles on the horizon; after all, nothing lasts forever...

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Put Out the Fires

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The second novel in bestseller Maureen Lee's outstanding Liverpool sequence about family life during the Second World WarSeptember 1940 - the cruellest year of war for Britain's civilians as the Luftwaffe mercilessly blitz their cities. In Pearl Street, near Liverpool's docks, families struggle to cope the best they can. A nasty surprise for ever-cheerful dressmaker Brenda Mahon, and flighty Sean's love for little Alice, show how life goes on even when it appears to be falling apart. Yet while Eileen Costello tries to hide her ruined hopes of happiness with Nick, and do her best by the husband she hoped had gone for ever, Ruth Singerman returns, having escaped from Austria. Even the joy of seeing her father again cannot make up for the bitter loss of her children.

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The House By Princes Park

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Through The Storm

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The third novel in bestseller Maureen Lee's outstanding Liverpool sequence about family life during World War IITwo years of war have taken a terrible toll on Pearl Street, Liverpool. German bombs have reduced some houses to rubble and most of the inhabitants have lost friends and family. While sisters Eileen and Sheila share the anxious burden of absent husbands, the conflict for others brings excitement and freedom.Kitty Quigley, stuck at home for years with an invalid father, is forced to register for war work and is delighted to become an auxiliary nurse. And Jessica Fleming, struggling to earn a living, finds herself and friend Rita increasingly drawn to the glamour and excitement of the Yanks.

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Stepping Stones

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From 1930s Liverpool to London, then California and finally back to Liverpool, the powerful and compelling saga of one woman's turbulent life.Kitty O'Brien's husband is a drunken thug, and in order to feed her starving children, she sells her body on the Liverpool docks. Her daughter Lizzie is pregnant by her father and, still weak after her abortion, she kills him.Her mother takes the blame, but Lizzie cannot blot out the painful memories of her childhood. Eventually, with a failed marriage behind her, she finds fame, fortune and friendship in Hollywood - but happiness still escapes her.And so she returns to her roots, and it is her final marriage and its disastrous consequences that, at last, force her to face her past and find the happiness and peace of mind that have always eluded her.

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The Girl From Barefoot House

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Lime Street Blues

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A wonderful Liverpool saga spanning forty years from bestselling author Maureen Lee.1960s Liverpool's glamorous world of music is the place to be. So when Sean, Lachlan and Max form The Merseysiders, and Jeannie and Rita become part of The Flower Girls, they put heart and soul into their performances and achieve success beyond their wildest dreams. The greatest star of all is Sean McDowd, adored by women everywhere yet unable to get his first love out of his mind. But Jeannie Flowers has married Lachlan...No one is prepared for the deceits and betrayals that lie ahead.

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Dancing In The Dark

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A brilliantly compelling Liverpool saga following the lives of two women - three generations apart.Millie Cameron is not at all pleased when she finds herself obliged to sort through the belongings of her aunt Flo, who has recently died. She hardly knew her aunt and besides, she has her own career to think about. But when she arrives at Flo's basement flat, Millie's interest is awakened. As she sorts through her aunt's collection of photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings she finds herself embarking on a journey - a journey to a past which includes a lost lover and a secret child.Picking through the tangled web of Flo's life, Millie makes the startling discovery that all the threads lead to herself...