Gripping and heartbreaking historical fiction

Author: Sandy Taylor

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786812878

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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A novel of friendship, love and tragedy in 1960s Brighton

Author: Sandy Taylor

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1910751588

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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'I loved this novel so much, even though it’s probably the most heart-breaking story I’ve read all year ... it will totally absorb you and capture your heart.' That Thing She Reads Brighton 1963. Mary Pickles and I walked along the street with our arms linked, looking in shop windows. We were best friends and together we were invincible. Dottie and Mary forged a friendship over a bag of penny sweets when they were eight years old. They’ve shared everything together since then – the highs and lows of school, family dramas, hopes and dreams and now, at seventeen, they’re both shop girls, working at Woolworths. As they go out in the world in pursuit of love and happiness, the simplicity of their childhood dissolves as life becomes more complicated. The heady excitement of first love will consume them both, but the pain of unintentional betrayal will test their friendship in ways neither of them could ever imagine… A charming, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel which brings a bygone era vividly to life. Fans of Nadine Dorries, Mary Gibson and Pam Weaver will love The Girls from See Saw Lane. ‘I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It has all the ingredients for a perfect read: fantastic, loveable and very real characters, an emotional and compelling storyline, and a brilliant setting in time and place.’ Louise Douglas ‘Sandy Taylor has proven herself to be a very talented and gifted storyteller with an immense insight into family, friendship, love, and forgiveness…This is one of the most endearing, yet heart-breaking, novels that I have encountered in quite some time and will certainly not soon forget…Witty and humorous dialogue written with such ease truly brought this story to life and swept me away between the pages. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, you'll want to keep the box of tissues nearby!’ Kimberly’s Bookshelf ‘I have just started to read this one and am hooked! I love the vivid details of the time period and the closeness of the best friends.’ Weekend Reading 'I would recommend it to anyone who loves stories about female friendships, books set in the past...and for anyone who wants an emotionally stirring read!' My Bookish Ramblings 'A beautiful tale of friendship, love, betrayal and forgiveness and one that will stay with me for a long time to come...The Girls From See Saw Lane is a truly beautiful story that will touch your heart. Mary and Dottie will certainly live on in my head and my heart.' By The Letter Book Reviews 'I find it very hard to believe that this is Sandy's first book. This book is so well written...The relationship between the girls is very heartwarming, but also extremely heartbreaking, there will be times when you will need tissues at hand.' The Reading Head 'I recommend this book to all who want to take a wonderful trip back to the 60's. I would give it more than 5 stars if there were more to give.' Library Thing 'When you read this book, be prepared to laugh and to cry (it gets really sad) … The Girls from See Saw Lane is a good book to settle in and read on a rainy afternoon.' The Avid Reader 'Wow this book had me laughing out loud one minute and bursting into tears the next..A massive page turner.' Nat's Reading Cloud 'I absolutely adored it...so wonderful and so captivating.' The Book Cafe 'Will make you smile, laugh, reminisce and perhaps even cry a little...an absorbing and charming read.' Portobello Book Blog
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Author: Sandy Taylor

Publisher: Brighton Girls Trilogy

ISBN: 9781786811554

Category: Fiction

Page: 362

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Brighton 1930: Maureen O'Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again. Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they've seen each other through thick and thin. As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she's always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she's found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving. When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she's dreamt of? An utterly gripping and heart-wrenching story about the enduring power of love, hope and friendship during the darkest of days. Perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff, Nadine Dorries and Diney Costeloe. What readers are saying about When We Danced at the End of the Pier: 'A beautiful and emotional read. I don't think I can remember the last time a book moved me to tears so many times whilst reading it. I shed tears of happiness as well as sadness. This is one author who creates characters that will totally capture the readers hearts and I know that them and their story will remain with me for a very long time to come.' By the Letter Book Reviews 'What an amazing, sensitively written, emotional, poignant and absolutely wonderful story! The author's writing is exquisite and we are drawn into Maureen's world, feeling for all the characters every step of the way.' Renita D'Silva 'Oh my word I honestly can't remember the last time a book made me feel so emotional. Well this book made me laugh one minute and bawl my eyes out the next. It was absolutely brilliant. Right from the first page I was glued to it and just didn't want to put it down. Sandy Taylor is one amazing writer and the way she writes and describes the character really pulls you into the story. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is simply amazing.' Goodreads Review 'The story was deeply emotional and moving...All the characters are endearing and touching. The dramatic scenes are heart-wrenching...The author really managed to write a beautiful tale about family, true love and friendship. If you are a bit of a softie, expect a few tears rolling down your cheeks!' La Biblio De Caro
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A novel of love, heartbreak and romance in 1960s Brighton

Author: Sandy Taylor

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786810174

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Brighton 1969: Dottie Perks steps off the train and breathes in the sea air, the smell of fish and chips, and the precious childhood memories of a friend and place she’ll never forget. Dottie Perks has forged a new life for herself in London, a new job and sweet boyfriend Joe to keep her warm at night. She’s safe, happy and loved. What more could she ask for? But when Dottie returns home to Brighton for a family celebration, the last person she expects to see is her first love; the boy who stole her heart… and broke it. Ralph Bennett. As old familiar feelings come rushing to the surface, Dottie struggles to deny the strong chemistry that still exists between them. She can’t throw away everything to be with Ralph…can she? And if she does, how can they ever overcome the pain and tragedy of their shared past? A beautiful, touching and heartbreaking story of love, loss and friendship. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Mary Gibson and Katie Flynn. Discover how it all began…The Girls from See Saw Lane is available now. What readers are saying about The Girls from See Saw Lane: 'I loved this novel so much, even though it’s probably the most heart-breaking story I’ve read all year...it will totally absorb you and capture your heart.' That Thing She Reads ‘I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It has all the ingredients for a perfect read: fantastic, loveable and very real characters, an emotional and compelling storyline, and a brilliant setting in time and place.’ Louise Douglas ‘Sandy Taylor has proven herself to be a very talented and gifted storyteller with an immense insight into family, friendship, love, and forgiveness…This is one of the most endearing, yet heart-breaking, novels that I have encountered in quite some time and will certainly not soon forget…Witty and humorous dialogue written with such ease truly brought this story to life and swept me away between the pages. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, you'll want to keep the box of tissues nearby!’ Kimberly’s Bookshelf ‘I have just started to read this one and am hooked! I love the vivid details of the time period and the closeness of the best friends.’ Weekend Reading 'I would recommend it to anyone who loves stories about female friendships, books set in the past...and for anyone who wants an emotionally stirring read!' My Bookish Ramblings 'A beautiful tale of friendship, love, betrayal and forgiveness and one that will stay with me for a long time to come...The Girls From See Saw Lane is a truly beautiful story that will touch your heart.' By The Letter Book Reviews 'I find it very hard to believe that this is Sandy's first book. This book is so well written...The relationship between the girls is very heartwarming, but also extremely heartbreaking, there will be times when you will need tissues at hand.' The Reading Head 'I recommend this book to all who want to take a wonderful trip back to the 60's. I would give it more than 5 stars if there were more to give.' Library Thing 'Wow this book had me laughing out loud one minute and bursting into tears the next…A massive page turner.' Nat's Reading Cloud 'I absolutely adored it...so wonderful and so captivating.' The Book Café
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Author: Diney Costeloe

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1784972622

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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THE RUNAWAY FAMILY was previously published as EVIL ON THE WIND. Germany 1937: Fear and betrayal stalk the streets. People disappear. Persecution of the Jews has become a national pastime. When Ruth Friedman's husband is arrested by the SS, she is left to fend for herself and her four children. She alone stands as their shield against the Nazis. But where can she go? Where will her family be safe? Ruth must overcome the indifference, hatred and cruelty that surrounds her as she and her family race to escape the advancing Nazi army's final solution...
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Author: Soraya M. Lane

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781477805107

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

View: 1494

At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love--and for each other. When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the freedom fighters. For Rose, the Resistance is a link to her late husband, and a way to move forward without him. What starts out as helping downed airmen becomes a bigger cause when they meet Sophia, a German escapee and fierce critic of Hitler who is wanted by the Gestapo. Together the three women form a bond that will last a lifetime. But amid the turmoil and tragedy of warfare, all three risk losing everything--and everyone--they hold dear. Will their united front be strong enough to see them through?
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The heart-wrenching, gripping story of a mother-daughter bond that could not be broken – inspired by true events

Author: Joanna Goodman

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062684248

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceit—the story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other. In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility—much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’. Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world. Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.
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Author: Diney Costeloe

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1784970042

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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A heart-wrenching story from the bestselling author of The Throwaway Children. Thirteen-year-old Lisa has escaped from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. She arrives in London unable to speak a word of English, her few belongings crammed into a small suitcase. Among them is one precious photograph of the family she has left behind. Lonely and homesick, Lisa is adopted by a childless couple. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is or where she came from. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war raging around her, what will become of Lisa now? Can't wait for the sequel? The Married Girls is out now! Search for 9781784976118.
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Author: Paul Asking

Publisher: Brown Dog Books

ISBN: 178545224X

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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What do you do when the woman you love is snatched by psychopaths? Billy Pierce is a well-respected heavyweight boxer from West London. After his one and only love is taken, his life is thrown into the menace and treachery of London's criminal underworld. Terrifying gangland violence threatens the life Billy and Lena had worked so hard to build. Billy has to face the pain of lost love and the mean violent streets of London. But have Billy and his family bitten off more than they can chew? Freddie and Johnny McDonald are old-school South London villains. Their business is fronting violence with charm. When a vast inheritance is left to another person, the McDonalds set out to regain what they believe is rightfully theirs. Love You Till I Die is a novel about loyalty and reliability about people that love and care for each other but who, when push comes to shove, will do whatever to protect their own.
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Author: Nicola Cassidy

Publisher: Bombshell Books

ISBN: 9781912175710

Category:

Page: N.A

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Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life, she has faced troubles. As a young woman, her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery. Then in 1896, her baby son is taken from his pram. While Molly searches the streets for little Oliver, the police are called but her baby is gone. Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child? December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.
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A Novel

Author: Joanna Goodman

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062465597

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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In this suspenseful, provocative novel of friendship, secrets, and deceit, a successful writer returns to her elite Swiss boarding school to get to the bottom of a tragic accident that took place while she was a student twenty years earlier. How far would you go to uncover the truth? One spring night in 1998 the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt? Or was Cressida pushed? It was no secret that she had a selfish streak and had earned as many enemies as allies in her tenure at the school. For her best friend, scholarship student Kersti Kuusk, the lingering questions surrounding Cressida's fall continue to nag long after she leaves the Lycée. Kersti marries and becomes a bestselling writer, but never stops wondering about Cressida's obsession with the Helvetian Society—a secret club banned years before their arrival at the school—and a pair of its members who were expelled. When Kersti is invited as a guest to the Lycée's 100th Anniversary, she begins probing the cover-up, unearthing a frightening underbelly of lies and abuse at the prestigious establishment. And in one portentous moment, Kersti makes a decision that will connect her to Cressida forever and raise the stakes dangerously high in her own desire to solve the mystery and redeem her past. An unputdownable read as clever as it is compelling, The Finishing School offers a riveting glimpse into a privileged, rarefied world in which nothing is as it appears.
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Author: Joanna Goodman

Publisher: New Amer Library

ISBN: N.A

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 345

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Despite her comfortable life with a loving husband, Anne Mahroum is having trouble adjusting to the fact that her new baby boy, Evan, has been born with club feet, begins to wonder about her own mother and the strange circumstances of her childhood, and sets out to unearth the truth about her past. By the author of You Made Me Love Your. Original.
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A gripping novel of family secrets

Author: Kerry Fisher

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786813076

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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Unlocking The Hidden Dimensions Of Your Life

Author: Deepak Chopra

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 1400098343

Category: Religion

Page: 270

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Describing the hidden mysteries that are contained within each individual, the best-selling author of The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire examines fifteen of these secrets--including "Life Hurts When It Is Unreal" and "There Is No Time But Now"--that hold the key to enlightenment, transformation, and personal fulfillment. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.
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Author: Karen McQuestion

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781503954663

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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From bestselling author Karen McQuestion comes a moving novel about broken hearts...and what it takes to put them back together again. At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don't ever cause trouble. He'll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he's only a child, Logan already knows too much--has seen too much. So when the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he's been told is dead is desperately searching for him. Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide. Relying on his instincts and the kindness of strangers, the boy manages to touch the lives of everyone he meets. But his innocent heart cannot survive in the adult world without the most basic human need of all: love.
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Author: Jordana Toretto

Publisher: America Star Books

ISBN: 9781630047061

Category:

Page: 30

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JJ is 10, he is a logical thinker and likes to think of himself as a bit of a joker. Like any boy of his age, he loves making dens and spending time outside. Scarlet is 12 years old, she enjoys cooking and camping. Scarlet can worry a bit, but she is kind hearted like her mother. What the children hate the most is that their parents go away on business trips. They do have a lovely Nanny Jane though, which helps. Until one day she announces that she is leaving to live in Mexico with her husband. The children were distraught but thought the new Nanny Beatrice is very nice. Beatrice is far from nice! She started out to be the perfect Nanny, but later turned out to be the worst Nanny out. The Runaway Children may be the first book, but certainly will not be the last.
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A Novel

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101606649

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement. Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850--only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Author: Natalie Fergie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911586043

Category: Families

Page: 320

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It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colorful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.
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Author: Dina Santorelli

Publisher: eLuna Media LLC

ISBN: 0997719125

Category: Fiction

Page: 358

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Author: Nevil Shute

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307476995

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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One of Nevil Shute’s most exciting novels, Pied Piper is the gripping story of one elderly man's daring attempt to rescue a group of children during the Nazi invasion of France. It is the spring of 1940 and John Sidney Howard wants nothing more than to enjoy his fishing holiday in southern France in peace and quiet. However, the Nazi conquest of the Low Countries puts an end to that, and he is asked by friends to take their two children back to England. Crossing France with his young charges seems simple enough at first—until the Germans invade, rendering them fugitives. As Howard struggles to sneak across France, he picks up several more helpless children of various nationalities. They walk for miles in an endless river of refugees, strafed by German planes and hiding in barns at night. By the time Howard and his flock of little ones reach the Channel, his plan of escaping on a fishing boat has become utterly impossible, and in their final confrontation with the invaders, all their lives are at stake. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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