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The Tuppenny Child

Glenda Young
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Glenda Young

From the author of Belle of the Back Streets, a dramatically powerful saga of secrets, friendship, motherhood, love and betrayal, perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.'She's not worth more than tuppence, that child!' Those are the words that haunt Sadie Linthorpe. She is the talk of Ryhope when she arrives there, aged seventeen, alone, seeking work and a home in the pit village. But Sadie is keeping a secret - she is searching for her baby girl who was taken from her at birth a year ago and cruelly sold by the child's grandmother. All that Sadie knows about the family who took her daughter is that they lived in Ryhope. And the only thing she knows about her daughter is that when the baby was born, she had a birthmark on one shoulder that resembled a tiny ladybird. But as Sadie's quest begins, a visitor from her past appears - one who could jeopardise the life she's beginning to build and ruin her chances of finding her beloved child for ever...

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Belle of the Back Streets

Glenda Young
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Glenda Young

A dramatically powerful and romantic saga of tragedy and triumph, perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.'Any rag and bone!'Everyone recognises the cry of Meg Sutcliffe as she plies her trade along the back streets of Ryhope. She learnt the ropes from her dad when he returned from the War. But when tragedy struck, Meg had no choice but to continue alone, with only her trusty dog Spot, and beloved horse Stella, for company. Now the meagre money she earns is the only thing that stands between her family's safety and predatory rent collector Hawk Jackson...Many say it's no job for a woman - especially a beauty like Meg who's noticed everywhere she goes. When she catches the eye of charming Clarky it looks like she might have found a protector and a chance of happiness. But is Clarky really what he seems? And could Adam, Meg's loyal childhood friend, be the one who really deserves her heart?Look out for Glenda's next compelling saga, The Tuppenny Child.

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The Sister's Secret: The Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas 5

Jennie Felton
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Jennie Felton

The Sister's Secret is a powerful new saga from Jennie Felton, in her Families of Fairley Terrace series, in the grand tradition of Josephine Cox, Dilly Court, Maggie Hope and Rosie Goodwin of secrets, romance, drama and triumph in the wake of a bitter tragedy.Can she conceal the truth to protect those she loves?The Sykes family have lived at Fairley Terrace since their youngest daughter, Rowan, was born. Fiercely clever, Rowan finds it difficult to fit in with the other village children, so when her beloved older sister, Laurel, takes a new job and moves back home, Rowan is overjoyed. Laurel is happy to be with her family - even if she's keeping the real reason for her return to herself. It seems like she's destined to keep repeating the mistakes of her past when it comes to matters of the heart. The two sisters are each longing for excitement and a fresh start, and when familiar faces return to Fairley Terrace, along with an enigmatic new resident, it looks like they might get their wish. But their harmony is about to be shattered by a mysterious stranger who threatens to expose a long-kept secret - and is prepared to stop at nothing to wreak revenge on the family.Don't miss the rest of the Families of Fairley Terrace series, which began with Maggie's story in All The Dark Secrets and continued with Lucy's story in The Miner's Daughter, Edie's story in The Girl Below Stairs, and Carina's story in The Widow's Promise.

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The Widow's Promise: The Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas 4

Jennie Felton
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Jennie Felton

The powerful new saga from Jennie Felton, in her Families of Fairley Terrace series, in the grand tradition of Katie Flynn, Dilly Court, Maggie Hope and Josephine Cox, of secrets, romance, drama and triumph in the wake of a bitter tragedy.She'd do anything to keep her children safe...Carina Talbot's life is shattered when her beloved husband Robert is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Suddenly she must take on sole responsibility for their two young children and find a way to continue running the farm which was Robert's pride and joy - not to mention prevent Sally, her beautiful and headstrong sister-in-law, from making choices that will affect them all.Help comes in the form of two new men in her life: local landowner Lord Cal Melbrook, a scarred war hero whose surly temperament seemingly masks a generous heart, and a mysterious stranger who claims to have been friends with Robert and offers a much-needed hand on the farm. But can Carina truly trust the motives of either man? And, as a woman alone, can she keep her vow to protect her children from further tragedy? 'With a strong heroine like Carina Talbot, you can't go wrong with this absorbing novel... I'd never read any of Jennie Felton's novels before but really liked the way she brings a sense of time and place and introduces us to totally believable characters' GoodReads reviewerDon't miss the rest of the Families of Fairley Terrace series, which began with Maggie's story in All The Dark Secrets and continued with Lucy's story in The Miner's Daughter, and Edie's story in The Girl Below Stairs.

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The Girl Below Stairs: The Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas 3

Jennie Felton
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Jennie Felton
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The Miner's Daughter: The Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas 2

Jennie Felton
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Jennie Felton

The Miner's Daughter is the second heartrending saga in Jennie Felton's Families of Fairley Terrace series, in the grand tradition of Katie Flynn, Dilly Court and Josephine Cox, of one woman's quest for happiness after a bitter tragedy, filled with romance, drama and triumph in adversity.When Annie Day at number four, Fairley Terrace, loses her beloved husband in a tragic mining disaster, she cannot afford the luxury of grief. For now she must find a way to support herself and her two young daughters, Kitty and Lucy, and marriage to widower Algernon Pierce seems to be the answer to Annie's prayers.For a time, all is well. But beneath her new husband's respectable veneer, lies a darkness which deepens as the years roll by. Annie begins to fear for her daughters' futures, particularly vibrant, headstrong Lucy, whose defiance of Algernon alters the course of their lives for ever...*Includes bonus material from the author.*Don't miss the rest of the compelling, heartwarming sagas of the Families of Fairley Terrace, which began with Maggie's story in All The Dark Secrets, as well as the short story The Birthday Surprise in the saga collection A Mother's Joy, and Edie's story in The Girl Below Stairs.

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A Mother's Joy: A Short Story Collection In Celebration Of Motherhood

Lynda Page, Pamela Evans, Anne Baker, Jennie Felton
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Lynda Page, Pamela Evans, Anne Baker, Jennie Felton

Four of our most-loved saga authors invite you to join them on a journey through motherhood in this collection of heart-warming short stories.Daisy's Day by Anne BakerIt's 1920s Liverpool and Daisy must do everything she can to protect her children from poverty and disease. A mother's love is limitless...The First Strawberry by Pam EvansBombs are falling over London and times are hard for Rose and her family. That is until six-year-old Sydney and a little miracle restore all hope...The Birthday Surprise by Jennie FeltonSomerset, 1898. Can two daughters ease their mother's sorrows and bring her a birthday full of joy? How Memories Are Made by Lynda PageGinnie Owens is facing a devastating decision. But she's about to discover that just when all seems lost a mother's dreams can finally come true.

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All The Dark Secrets: The Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas 1

Jennie Felton
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Jennie Felton

A powerful new saga in the grand tradition of Katie Flynn, Dilly Court and Josephine Cox, of one woman's quest for happiness after a bitter tragedy, filled with romance, drama and triumph in adversity.When terrible tragedy strikes at the local colliery, the residents of Fairley Terrace's ten houses suffer more than one loss and, for Maggie Donovan at number six, the world turns upside down. Turning for comfort to the one man she can trust, she finds a sudden and undeniable passion instead. But any future with Josh Withers seems a betrayal of her past, and Maggie realises the only way to survive is to conceal a very dark secret of her own...For more of the Families of Fairley Terrace, look for the next compelling saga in the series, The Miner's Daughter.(P)2014 Headline Digital

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The Secret She Kept

Amelia Carr
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Amelia Carr
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A Woman of Secrets

Amelia Carr
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Amelia Carr

A lost love. A guilty conscience. A heroic sacrifice. A Woman of Secrets is Amelia Carr's compelling, dramatic multi-generational family drama set against the danger of World War Two, drawing together the past and the present. The perfect read for fans of Lucinda Riley, Kate Morton and Rachel Hore. 1947. One wet and chilly November afternoon a woman stands at the edge of a lake forced into a heartbreaking choice between her past and her future. 2008. Police diver Martha makes an incredible discovery in a local lake of a package containing a series of lost mementoes which reveal a story of intrigue, betrayal and heartbreak.As the threads of the past and present are drawn together, Martha's world, and that of her family, is changed for ever.What readers are saying about A Woman of Secrets:'I loved everything about this book''I couldn't put it down and cried at the beginning and the end, I felt so involved with the story''The characters: each and every one touched my heart. The story: so clever, fascinating, heart-breaking and wonderful'

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A Song At Sunset

Amelia Carr
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Amelia Carr
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Dance With Wings

Amelia Carr
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Amelia Carr

A heart-warming family drama spanning three generations, with an unforgettable love story at its heart.When the telegram arrives on a bright sunny day in 1942, Nancy feels sick with dread. But instead of wartime bad news it's from the legendary Jackie Cochran, asking Nancy to fly for Great Britain. For Nancy, a girl with flying in her blood, it's an opportunity she simply can't turn down. But that fateful decision is to trigger a series of events, with consequences that will reverberate through the generations. In summer 2006, Sarah is at a crossroads in her life when her adored grandmother Nancy asks her to help lay the ghosts of her past to rest. Sarah agrees, little suspecting the long-buried and shocking secrets that will be dragged to the surface.From the tension of World War Two right up to the present day, this is a sweeping family story that is both moving and unforgettable. Don't miss any of Amelia's romantic epics, Dance With Wings, A Song At Sunset, A Woman of Secrets and The Secret She Kept.

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The School for Husbands

Wendy Holden
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Wendy Holden

Sophie's not happy with her husband. Mark works late, never phones and leaves all the housework and childcare to her. She's also sure he's up to something with his sexy publishing colleague. Things come to a head and she moves back to her parents. Her mother never liked Mark anyway. Desperate to save his marriage, Mark enrols at the 'School for Husbands', a residential college which transforms pathetic partners into husbands from heaven. Classes include love skills, sparkling conversation and the finer points of chocolate. But will this be enough to reunite him with Sophie? Especially now a rich old flame is after her...

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Pastures Nouveaux

Wendy Holden
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Wendy Holden

Jennie Felton

Jennie Felton grew up in Somerset, where she lives today. She has written numerous short stories for magazines as well as a number of novels under a pseudonym. All The Dark Secrets is the first in her new series, The Families of Fairley Terrace Sagas, about the lives and loves of the residents of a Somerset village beginning in the late nineteenth century.

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The Story Behind The Story: Bringing The Ten Houses Of Fairley Terrace To Life

‘In this grave is deposited the remains of the twelve undermentioned sufferers, all of whom were killed…by the snapping of the rope as they were on the point of descending into the pit. The rope was generally supposed to have been maliciously cut.’ This is the inscription on a gravestone in the churchyard of St John’s, Midsomer Norton, just a few miles from where the Somerset mining town of Radstock where I was born and grew up, and where I now once again live. In these few words it tells the terrible story of how twelve men and boys, the youngest aged just thirteen, died on that November day and it gave me inspiration for All The Dark Secrets, though I have taken the liberty of setting my tale sixty years later. In those days the Somerset coalfield was a thriving industry, producing high quality coal, but the narrow, faulted seams were difficult to work and not high enough for pit ponies, and so-called ‘carting boys’ were employed to drag the hewed coal from the face to the roadways by means of the infamous ‘guss and crook’ – a putt attached by a rope round the boy’s waist which he then dragged on hands and knees. My own father, who was middle-aged when I was born, had been one of the carting boys. He had left school at the age of twelve because he was clever enough to pass the ‘knowledge test’ and was soon underground carting for his collier father. It was to be ten years before he was able to escape this life as he was told by the management ‘if you go, you can take your father with you’, and Dad didn’t want to put his father out of work. When I was young, I loved hearing Dad relate tales of those days. He told me of the winters when he never saw the light of day as he went underground before dawn and did not emerge until nightfall. Of the mice who would emerge in search of crumbs as the miners ate their cognockers of bread and cheese. And of an accident in which he almost died when his putt ran away with him down an incline and he was thrown clean over it, scraping his back raw as it brushed against the ‘roof’. Usually injured miners were taken home by one of the coal carts queuing at the pit head for their loads – there were no ambulances. But on the day of my father’s accident no coal cart was waiting, and his brother carried him home on his back – almost a mile of a steep uphill climb. Yet strangely my father was never resentful of his lot – ‘It’s just the way it was, my dear,’ he would say. He told me too of the good times – the games they played, the concert parties, the weekly market which was a hub of activity until late at night. Besides all the usual stalls there was Smasher, the chinaware man, attracting attention by smashing crockery on the pavement, there were the quack doctors, Rainbow and Quilley, and a wagon where a dentist would pull teeth in full view of onlookers. In the evening the Salvation Army band would play, and a fair over-wintered on nearby waste ground. All this and much more inspired me to write The Black Mountains, published in 1979 under the name of Janet Tanner. This became a quartet following the lives of a mining family through the generations. Recently I had a longing to once again write a series of family sagas against the backdrop of my much loved home. It is so satisfying to be able to follow the people I came to know and love across the years, and share in their joys and sorrows, triumphs and adversities. It was the Wellsway tragedy that gave me my starting point, and I began to think about the impact such an awful event must have had on the lives of the close-knit community. If it had really been an accident that would have been bad enough – times were hard for every miner’s family, and to lose a loved one who was also the breadwinner would have been devastating. But the suspicion that it was no accident would have only added to the grief, and feelings would have run very high, with speculation as to who could have been responsible for such a terrible thing, setting neighbour against neighbour. I envisaged a terrace of mining cottages – The Ten Houses – and the families who lived there soon became very real to me. The central character of All The Dark Secrets, Maggie, is a strong young woman who loses both her father and her fiancé in the tragedy, and I hope to be able to take up her story in a future book in the series. Next, though, I have shifted to another family from Fairley Terrace’s Ten Houses whose lives were changed for ever by the accident – two young sisters, Lucy and Kitty Day for The Miner’s Daughter. Their beloved father was amongst those killed, and their mother is forced to marry again in order to keep them out of the workhouse. But it is a disastrous marriage – the outwardly God-fearing Algernon has a very dark side. Lucy is central to the story, we see her grow from a sad little girl into a talented young woman who follows her dreams – but at what expense? I do hope you will have enjoyed All The Dark Secrets, and want to know more about the families you have met. I certainly do! All The Dark Secrets is available now in paperback and ebook. Follow Jennie on Twitter @Jennie_Felton and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JennieFeltonAuthor.

Jennie Felton

ALL THE DARK SECRETS

A powerful new saga in the grand tradition of Katie Flynn, Dilly Court and Josephine Cox, of one woman's quest for happiness after a bitter tragedy, filled with romance, drama and triumph in adversity...

Amelia Carr

Amelia Carr grew up in Somerset, where she lives today. She has written numerous short stories for magazines as well as a number of novels under another name. Her novels under the name Amelia Carr, including DANCE WITH WINGS and A SONG AT SUNSET, have been very warmly acclaimed.

Jennie Felton

THE MINER'S DAUGHTER: THE FAMILY'S OF FAIRLEY TERRACE 2

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Glenda Young

Glenda Young credits her local library in the village of Ryhope, where she grew up, for giving her her love of books. She still lives close by in Sunderland and often gets her ideas for her stories on long bike rides along the coast. A life-long fan of Coronation Street, she runs two fan websites for which she sometimes interviews the cast of the show.For updates on what Glenda is working on, visit her website glendayoungbooks.com and to find out more find her on Facebook/GlendaYoungAuthor and Twitter @flaming_nora.