A compelling saga set in turn-of-the-century London.
When their mother dies, young Ellie Jay and her sister Dora are abandoned by their hard-drinking father, and they cannot afford the rent on their East End tenement. Ellie cannot turn down an offer of help from Doctor Lowe, a kindly man who sees in Ellie a surrogate daughter. His kindness offers Ellie and Dora an opportunity to escape their background and, ultimately, to make something of themselves . . .
A compelling saga set in the late-nineteenth century.
As a child, living in a small village in the heart of the French countryside, Thérése Daurignac grew up believing her spendthrift, unreliable father's stories of a secret inheritance. Many years later, at his funeral, Thérése looks back at her own struggles to rise above misfortune, and to uncover the truth about her father's mysterious past, especially the contents of his secret strongbox . . .
Spring, 266 BC.
When Isokrates, helmsman of the Rhodian warship Atalanta, encounters a pirate vessel off the Lycian coast, he finds himself caught up in affairs of state more deadly than the naval battles he's accustomed to. Among the pirates' victims is a beautiful woman, the mistress of a king, who is fleeing to her lover's enemy with news that will start a war to engulf the whole of the east . . .
From an ever-popular library author.
England, 1926. Sixteen-year-old orphan Jackie Hunt knows what she wants, to marry Wilhelm Furtmueller and to be an artist. But she and Wilhelm are to be parted. Jackie finds some solace with the taciturn Richard, her employer, but while she feels affection for him, she cannot forget the all-consuming love she felt for Wilhelm.
Four London friends face hardship, drama and tragedy during WWII.
As World War II breaks out, four friends consider the changes that war will mean. Tomboyish Becky plans to join the ATS, her neighbours Bob and Jim the navy and army respectively. Only Becky's brother Will is left out of the excitement; because of a slight physical disability, he is forced to stay behind. As the friends are separated, their youthful enthusiasm is tempered by the grim newspaper headlines and their own experiences, and they will feel both joy and pain before the war is over . . .
An English Civil War novel from a highly-acclaimed author.
London, 1647. Lucy Wentor, a young lady who was attacked by soldiers during the civil war, and then rejected by her sweetheart, hopes to start her life afresh in the capital with her uncle and aunt. London, however, is in chaos and her once well-to-do uncle is now almost bankrupt. Unwilling to go home, Lucy finds a job in publishing and excitement, love and independence soon follow . . .
A heartfelt romance from an ever-popular library author.
England, 1937. When Georgie Franklyn's father dies suddenly, leaving a mountain of debt, artistic Georgie accepts James Bartlett's marriage proposal. But theirs is not a love match, and their tentative relationship is complicated by the presence of lonely Muriel, Georgie's stepmother. Then Georgie finds work managing a seaside art gallery and meets Dominic Fraser. She stifles her feelings for Dom, out of loyalty to James, but as the country prepares for war, Georgie and Muriel both determine to seize their last chance at happiness...
From an ever-popular library author.
On the death of her twin brother, divorcee Gillian Sinclair, a career woman bringing up her young daughter Debbie alone, inherits Hunters' Lodge, a country hotel. She is determined not to fail her brother's legacy, no easy task in 1948, restricted by shortages. As for her ex-husband, for years Gillian has told herself he is out of her life for good. Yet when he reappears suddenly, surely it is not just for Debbie's sake she is prepared to take Stephen back?
Among the coral outcrops of the island of Rota, lies the wreck of a Spanish galleon, the Santa Margarita.
Spring 1601. This is a reconstruction of the Santa Margarita's disastrous last voyage, beset by an extraordinary sequence of typhoons and storms. Based on what little is known of the ship's journey overloaded cargo, bad-blood amongst the crew and a curse, we are told a story of greed, horror, deprivation and unimaginable hardship by the handful of survivors rescued from the wreck . . .
A story of war-time romance from Wales' best-selling author.
Swansea, 1941. Meryl Jones is evacuated to Carmarthen, where she falls for half-German Michael - but Michael seems to like her sister, Hari, better. Then the military police come for Michael. Meryl helps him escape, and their relationship blossoms. But, as the war ends, Meryl knows that the man she loves will have to make a fateful choice between her and her sister . . .