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Violet's Children

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

The brand new novel from queen of the saga and No. 1 bestselling author, Maureen Lee.In times of trouble, family is all you need...Liverpool, 1950. They say you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family. Yet when Violet Duffy is asked to give a home to the orphaned children of a distant relative, it is precisely the choice she must face. Abby and Will have had young lives full of tragedy. Life with Violet offers love and safety. But as they grow up, their past won't let them be. Will they choose Violet, or the lure of bigger cities and new horizons?Private passions, tough choices, lost loves and second chances pull them in different directions, but wherever life takes them, Violet's door is always open - after all, it's love that makes a house a home.

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The Kelly Sisters

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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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An Eye For An Eye

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee
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Dusk

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee - Ten Great Novels

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

Ten heart-warming tales set during the post-war years, from an author at the top of her genre.Comprises: STEPPING STONES; LIGHTS OUT LIVERPOOL; PUT OUT THE FIRES; THROUGH THE STORM; LIVERPOOL ANNIE; DANCING IN THE DARK; THE GIRL FROM BAREFOOT HOUSE; LACEYS OF LIVERPOOL; THE HOUSE BY PRINCES PARK; LIME STREET BLUES.

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Flora and Grace

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

A heartwarming family saga set just after World War II from SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 bestseller Maureen Lee.It's 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train. Having been educated in Switzerland, Flora has been unable to return home to the UK since the outbreak of war, much to her delight. She is far happier there than she had been with her elderly aunt. As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind. But the trucks don't contain animals. From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside. Horrified, Flora runs to the train as it slowly clatters through the station, and as she does so, a filthy bundle of rags is pushed out into her arms. Through the slats of the train, she hears a desperate plea: 'Take him. His name is Simon.' As the train disappears, Flora is left holding a tiny baby boy. Everything looks just the same as it did moments before - the sun, the sky, the station - but 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

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

Bestseller Maureen Lee returns to Bootle in this heart-warming tale set between Liverpool and London in the post-war years.Liverpool 1945. Three women - the strongest of friends - return home, trying to fit back into their old lives after they've been demobbed. They've been thrown together by the war and shared all sorts of good and bad times. Now their old lives seem dull in comparison. But not for long... Maggie and Nell are both twenty-one and 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 is to have a baby, but sadly this wish is yet to come true. When one of the women falls pregnant, there begins a dramatic sequence of events so wide-reaching that the three friends' lives will become more intricately woven than they could imagine...Over the next quarter of a century the story of these remarkable - and very different - women unfolds into an uplifting tale of how three ordinary families become extraordinary.

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Au Revoir Liverpool

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee
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Martha's Journey

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

A powerful First World War story of a woman's quest for justice, from the bestselling author of NOTHING LASTS FOREVER and THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL.Liverpool 1915. Martha Rossi lives in a tenement with her husband and their five children. Despite working all the hours she can, the family don't have much to get by on. When Martha's fourteen-year-old son, Joe, proudly enlists to fight for his country just to earn his mother an extra shilling, Martha is horrified. She realises the government is turning a blind eye to the scores of young boys who are joining the army. Despite her pleas and protests, Joe is dispatched to France within weeks.Unbeknown to them all, Joe's act of selfless heroism will have huge implications for Martha and all the family. As the dreaded telegrams begin to arrive from the front in France, mothers' hearts are broken across the country. Spurred on by grief of her own, Martha Rossi begins a quest that will take her right to the doors of No. 10 Downing Street. Martha's journey there will be a tough one, but with courage and the support of her friends and family, it will be the most important undertaking of her life.

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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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The Girl From Barefoot House

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee
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Stepping Stones

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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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Through The Storm

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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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The House By Princes Park

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

Another wonderful Liverpool saga from bestselling author Maureen Lee.The product of an affair between a nurse and an injured American soldier during the Great War, Ruby O'Hagan's early life is spent in an orphanage. At sixteen she runs away with a farmworker, and two years later she is alone and homeless with her two daughters.Her friend, Mrs Hart, leaves her big friendly house for Ruby to look after, and it is here that her life unfolds. Her children leave but return when tragedy befalls them. Through all this, the enigmatic Matthew Flynn drifts in and out of Ruby's life. She ignores him until it is almost too late.

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Put Out the Fires

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee
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Laceys of Liverpool

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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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Dancing In The Dark

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee

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...

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Lime Street Blues

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee