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Custard Tarts And Broken Hearts

Author:

Mary Gibson

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They call them custard tarts - the girls who work at Pearce Duff's custard powder factory in Bermondsey before the First World War. Conditions are hard but nothing can quench the spirit of humour and friendship - or the rising tide of anger that will finally bring the girls out on strike. For one of them, striking spells disaster. Nellie Clark's wages keep her young brothers and sisters from starvation, while her father sinks into drunken violence after the death of their mother. While Nellie struggles to keep her family together, two men compete for her love, and over them looms the shadow of the coming war.

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Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750539654

Published:

01-09-2014

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Jam & Roses

Author:

Mary Gibson

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Three sisters in 1920s Bermondsey struggle to make ends meet and protect their mother from the violence of their father. Milly, the eldest, works in Southwells jam factory. Elsie dreams of a career on the stage, while little Amy runs wild with her friends on the streets. As summer draws to a close, they join the hop pickers in Kent, for a short, blissful respite from a life of work and hardship. All three girls fear the terrible, unforgiving temper of their father, and their courageous attempts to protect their defenceless mother will have dramatic - sometimes disastrous - consequences for them all.

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Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750540377

Published:

01-05-2015

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Doctor Of The High Fells

Author:

Elizabeth Gill

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Prue's heart beat hard - she had heard of the low seams of the mines of northwest Durham and she had always had a fear of being enclosed. She picked up her bag and followed them to the cage which carried the miners below ground, praying that the man did not die, that she need not produce some miracle... This is the story of Prue Stanhope, a young woman doctor, who escapes a loveless marriage to journey far from home and join a surgery in Tow Law, County Durham. There are long hours and limited resources, but gaining the townspeople's trust will be her greatest challenge of all.

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Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750542906

Published:

01-08-2016

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Nobody's Child

Author:

Elizabeth Gill

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1930 Durham Fell tops, Castle Bank Colliery Kath walked for so long that she wanted to lie down in the snow and sleep but she thought of her sister and knew she must go on. Soon the snow was so deep that she couldn't move... When their mother dies and their father, in his grief, burns down their wagon and runs away, Kath and Ella - gypsy sisters - suddenly become orphans. With no one to turn to for help, they face hardship and hunger at every turn. Will their special sisters' bond be strong enough to see them to safety?

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Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750544214

Published:

01-05-2017

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The Fall And Rise Of Lucy Charlton

Author:

Elizabeth Gill

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Since she was a child, Lucy Charlton has dreamed of working with her father in the family solicitor's firm. But when a scandal shatters her hopes, she finds herself on the streets, fighting for survival. Joe Hardy has returned to London after the Great War to find his life in tatters. Then Joe learns he's unexpectedly inherited an old river house in Durham from a mysterious stranger. With nothing left for him in London, he travels north to claim it. As their worlds collide, Lucy and Joe find comfort in their growing friendship. But the past comes back to haunt them, with shocking consequences...

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Genre:

Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750539821

Published:

01-10-2014

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The Guardian Angel

Author:

Elizabeth Gill

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Alice Lee, middle-aged and unmarried, is the only volunteer when the minister asks his congregation to help young Zebediah Bailey. Zeb is in prison for a ghastly crime, and the townspeople would rather forget than forgive this local lad who lost his way. Alice dutifully writes to him every week, sending him sweets from her shop: Alice Lee's Confectionary. She won't admit she's lonely, but since her parents deaths, making and selling sweets has become her whole world. Then Zeb comes out of gaol and Alice agrees to take him in, much to the horror of her neighbours. What develops between them is unexpected - intense and bittersweet.

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Genre:

Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750545952

Published:

01-06-2018

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A Mother's Grace

Author:

Rosie Goodwin

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Grace Kettle lives a comfortable life with her beloved mother and reliable old Mrs Batley - as long as Judge Kettle, her formidable and threatening father, is away from home. As she grows into a gentle and pious young woman the atmosphere at home darkens. Though she cannot protect her mother, Grace finally escapes to her aunt in rural Wales. Following her heart's desire, she trains to be a nun. But when she meets the dashing and devout Father Luke, her world is turned upside down. Her faith is tested and she is driven to make a scandalous choice - one she may well spend the rest of her days seeking forgiveness for...

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Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750547307

Published:

01-04-2019

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A Mother's Shame

Author:

Rosie Goodwin

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Hatter's Hall is a forbidding place - home to the mentally insane. One rainy, dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at Hatter's Hall, not as an inmate but as a worker. Here, she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land-owner. But Isabelle is not insane, She like many other young women confined within solitary walls, has been banished by her family. Hatter's Hall also serves as a place to hide unmarried women, in the family way, from prying eyes... As their lives entwined, the women realise the perils of their predicaments as they both withhold secrets that could cost them everything.

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Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750539746

Published:

01-10-2014

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Dilly's Hope

Author:

Rosie Goodwin

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Hardworking widow Dilly Carey has struggled out of poverty to make a successful life for herself. Surrounded by her children and grandchildren, Dilly should be content, but she is still troubled by the one secret she must never share. Olivia, the daughter Dilly gave away at birth, cannot find out the real truth about her parentage. It's time for Dilly to forgive herself for the choice that she was forced to make. As she finds the strength and courage to visit her son's grave on the battlefields of the Great War, will she also find a way to a new happiness - and a new love?

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Genre:

Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750544023

Published:

01-05-2017

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Dilly's Lass

Author:

Rosie Goodwin

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Years ago Dilly made the devastating decision to give her baby daughter to wealthy local family, the Farthings. She is still living with the consequences of her choice when the daughter she gave away turns up on Dilly's doorstep, with a baby girl in tow, begging for help. Olivia has a secret she only feels safe telling Dilly. Dilly agrees to help, delighted to be spending time with her new granddaughter and daughter. Max Farthing, the man who took in Olivia all those years ago, has problems of his own. His wife, Camilla, has lost leave of her senses. Could Dilly and Max ever come together?

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Genre:

Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750542715

Published:

01-10-2016

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Dilly's Sacrifice

Author:

Rosie Goodwin

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When Dilly's husband is left unable to work, she has to make an unthinkable decision. With four children already at home, they cannot afford to feed their new-born. The Farthing family, who live at the big house, know how it feels to lose a child. They are going through their own form of horror having just lost their own daughter to measles. Despite their grief, they decide to offer Dilly a lifeline: they'll adopt the child and employ Dilly as their maid. The consequences of this act of desperation will irrevocably change the lives of both families - and the onset of WWI even more so.

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Genre:

Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750542838

Published:

01-08-2016

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Home Front Girls

Author:

Rosie Goodwin

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Dotty prepares for her first day at work in the city's most magnificent department store. She's terrified, as she hasn't known life outside of the orphanage where she grew up. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister and the head of the home now that her brother has been called up to fight. She too has found work at Owen Owen as a means to support her family. Annabelle has led a life of privilege and luxury. But with war imminent, everyone has to pinch the pennies at the moment. The well-off are no exception, much to Annabelle's annoyance.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Family Saga

ISBN:

9780750538282

Published:

01-12-2013

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