Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie
By Jean Fullerton
East End saga queen Jean Fullerton returns with a delightful new novel in the Nurse Connie seriesIt's 1948 and the nurses of the East End of London are making the most of life post-war. For Connie in particular, things are looking rosy as she looks forward to planning a future with her sweetheart, Malcolm. But, as many a young bride-to-be has proved, the course of true love never did run smooth and Connie finds herself having to grapple with interfering mothers and Malcolm's reluctance to set the date. But while there are many obstacles to overcome before walking down the aisle, at least Connie can relax in the knowledge that she'll soon be married to the man of her dreams, can't she? Life at work isn't all smooth sailing either. The newly-formed NHS is keeping the nurses of Fry House extremely busy and as ever in the life of a nurse heartbreak lurks at every turn. But there are some new faces to keep things interesting. And one in particular might be the answer to all of Connie's problems...
The Weaver's Glory
By Lilian Harry
The Weaver's Glory was first published in paperback under the name Donna Baker. It is 1837. When Rebecca looks back at her life, she has seen much change - and much sorrow. Still young, it is hard for her to believe she has gone from scullery maid to mistress of Pagnel House. But without her husband at her side, can she make the dreams they had for the future still come true? Still reeling from her loss, she must find a way of carrying on.Her husband's cousin, Vivian, is appalled at the idea of a woman running a business. Should she - for the sake of her sons and her business - accept Vivian's offer of marriage?It will take all her strength and all her courage to discover where her future lies - and whether it is rooted in the land and people around her, or if the memory of a man now toiling on the other side of the world in Australia will change her destiny.
The Weaver's Dream
By Lilian Harry
The Weaver's Dream was first published in paperback under the name Donna Baker.London, 1824. Life has taken Rebecca far from her humble start in a weaver's cottage in Kidderminster. But although she has found love and comfort with her husband, Francis, it has meant they are both banished from the town that raised them. Instead they must raise their family - and a new business in the bustle of the capital.But when a death finally draws them home to Worcestershire, they find the landscape unchanged, but the poverty increased. Amid the smoke of the factories and the clatter of machinery there is also the growing murmur of unrest as the workers search for a way to express their discontent.For Rebecca, Francis and their young family it means being torn between family duty and sympathy for the weavers' plight. And while they have a dream for the future, will it be strong enough to survive the turmoil ahead?
The Weaver's Daughter
By Lilian Harry
The Weaver's Daughter was first published in paperback under the name Donna Baker.In the 1800s in the Midlands, it's a hard life for the weavers of Kidderminster - beautiful carpets spring from the looms they work, but life is not always so neatly woven.So it is for the Himley family - already struggling to get by, they must find a way of coping when their daughter, Bessie, is raped and disappears with her brother Tom to London, suspected of murder. But hope comes in the form of Rebecca, their youngest daughter. A job in service for the Pagnel family, owners of the carpet factory, means a chance of different life for Rebecca. As she gradually rises to the position of housemaid, she gets a glimpse of a world far removed from that she was born to. When love beckons, she is unsure - following your heart can be dangerous, and for Becky will it be her saving or her downfall?
Weddings In Burracombe
By Lilian Harry
A heart-warming visit to the village of Burracombe where, whatever life might throw at you - strangers, surprises, love, change - you can always rely upon your neighbours and friends.Devon, 1954. The villagers of Burracombe pull together to help each other through the tough times but now it's summer, and a time to celebrate love and new life. Even so, there are still a few surprises to come...At Burracombe Barton, Hilary Napier is doing her best to keep the estate ticking along, all the while longing for a man she cannot have. She welcomes help from young Patsy Shillabeer - but Patsy is more headstrong than she first appears, and there's trouble brewing.And all is not well in the village school, where a strict new teacher appears to be making the lives of the little ones a misery. And almost everyone is missing their beloved teacher Stella, still in hospital after the accident that nearly killed her.As the first crocuses bring colour and the promise of change back to Burracombe, the villagers help each other through the hardships. For, while the course of true love never did run smooth for anyone, in Burracombe there are weddings to plan and it won't be long before everyone in this very special village comes together in a joyful celebration of love, life and the things that matter most.
By Elaine Crowley
From the moment Danny first saw Angel he was enchanted by her beauty. By the time she was fourteen - a woman with a child's face, long golden hair and sleepy violet-blue eyes - Danny had completely fallen in love with her and dreamed of making her his wife.But Angel was not interested in Danny. Angel loved Johnny Quinn - but Johnny, training to be a boxer, didn't even notice her. When Angel's pursuit of Johnny ends in disaster and disgrace she leaves for Dublin and thinks her life couldn't possibly be worse. But Fortune has only just begun to turn her wheel, and Angel soon finds that she has a lot further to fall before she can find lasting happiness...
The Ways Of Women
By Elaine Crowley
A dramatic story of Ireland in revolt after WWI, and two women whose futures are inextricably linked...1920s Ireland is a troubled place. The War has ended, but the IRA are beginning to agitate. Sending fear into the heart of the Anglo-Irish gentry. Against this backdrop, best friends Julia and Sarah are just starting out in life. Julia is newly married with a small baby and is blissfully happy. But Sarah longs for something grander. She finds work as a servant, but is humiliated and cast out. Bitter and ambitious, Sarah will stop at nothing to get the life she wants. Even if that means betraying her best friend.Spanning the years between the World Wars, this is a novel about the women who unite against the violence that is threatening their peace.
Winter in Thrush Green
By Miss Read
The wonderfully nostalgic second novel in the bestselling THRUSH GREEN series, from the author of THE VILLAGE SCHOOL.The arrival of a stranger in the village of Thrush Green stirs up ripples of speculation and interest.Not only does the village find itself paying tribute to this stranger's hero - a missionary born and bred in Thrush Green - but his presence has a dramatic affect on Miss Dimity Dean's romantic prospects...As the story plays out, Miss Read succeeds in portraying village life with all its often unexpected incidents, and her unwavering eye for detail beautifully captures the character of a gradually disappearing aspect of rural English life.