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The Girl From the Corner Shop

The Girl From the Corner Shop

The Girl From the Corner Shop

WW2 Manchester: Newlyweds Helen  and Jim Harrison have big plans to leave the family shop where Helen  works and set up home together. But when Jim is tragically killed in an  air raid, Helen is heartbroken, her life in ruins. 

Battling grief  and despair, Helen resolves to escape her domineering mother and  rebuild her shattered world. Wartime Manchester is a dangerous place,  besieged by crime and poverty. So when Helen joins the Women's Auxiliary  Police Corps, working with evacuees, the destitute and the vulnerable,  she finds a renewed sense of purpose. She's come a long way from her  place behind the counter in the corner shop. 

But there's still  something missing in her heart. Is Helen able to accept love and  happiness and find the courage to change her life? 

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The Girl in the Pink Raincoat

The Girl From the Corner Shop

The Girl From the Corner Shop

In wartime it takes courage to follow your heart. 


Manchester, 1939. 


Everyone  hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing  was the smell of chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when  she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory. 

Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss's charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself. 

But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending. 

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Martha's Girls

The Girl From the Corner Shop

Martha's Girls

Belfast 1939: Martha Goulding's world is shattered by a sudden death and  the outbreak of war that leaves her family facing an uncertain future.  Her daughters are talented singers who join a troupe of entertainers led  by Goldstein, a Polish Jew, who is determined to raise morale and money  for the war effort. But Martha is torn between allowing her girls to  perform and keeping them safe from men, both in and out of uniform, and  from their own headstrong personalities. Irene is drawn to Sean, but the  relationship leads her into danger. Peggy is charmed by the enigmatic  Harry. Pat doesn't realise she's fallen in love at all until it's too  late. Sheila longs to sing with her older sisters. The rise in the  girls' success as the renamed Golden Sisters is played out against a  backdrop of Belfast life - from elegant Royal Avenue, into the mills,  aircraft factory, concert and dance halls to the heart of the Stormont  government. Apathy and lack of resources have left the city unprepared  and vulnerable, its people unaware of the horror about to befall them,  and Martha's family will need all their strength and courage to survive. 

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Golden Sisters

A Song in My Heart

Martha's Girls

 A moving saga that takes the reader to the very heart of a close-knit,  fiery, loving family perfect for fans of Maureen Lee, Mary Larkin and  Pam Weaver. It s 1941 and German bombs are falling on Belfast. Martha s  girls face danger, hardship and difficult decisions.

Irene, the  eldest of the sisters, is struggling with the constraints of married  life, until a chance meeting forces her to choose between romance and  reality.

Pat, intelligent and sensitive, is working in Stormont  alongside William Kennedy. As their relationship deepens, she feels  that real happiness could be within her grasp.

Peggy, impulsive  and glamorous, is thrilled when the charismatic Devlin offers her a job  with the dance band at the Plaza Ballroom. But she soon sees his darker  side...

Sheila, the youngest, is blossoming into a young  woman, though her family seem intent on treating her like a child. When  will they accept her for the grown-up she is?

Together, they  are the Golden Sisters, singing their way to victory in concert halls  and army camps. But the war is taking their lives in unexpected  directions and Martha will need all her strength to help her girls find  their way through these turbulent times. 

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A Song in My Heart

A Song in My Heart

A Song in My Heart

Irene loves her job at the aircraft factory but her pregnancy is making  the work increasingly difficult. She feels her job and her independence  slipping away. How will she cope when the baby arrives?

Peggy  falls under the spell of a dashing Guards officer. Much older than her  and a sophisticated man of the world, he persuades Peggy to keep their  relationship quiet. But does the major have other secrets too?

 Pat has overcome tragedy and found love again. But then her fiancé, US  Army captain Tony Farrelly, is posted to North Africa, and Pat teeters  on the edge of heartbreak once more.

Sheila, the youngest of the  girls, has met a teacher who seems the perfect match but she still  longs for excitement. A chance encounter with a recruiting sergeant for  the WAAF takes her away from home and towards danger and romance.

If you've read Martha's Girls and The Golden Sisters, then you'll love  the final instalment of this bestselling family saga - perfect for fans  of Nadine Dorries, Anne Bennett and Ellie Dean. 

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