This book continues to follow the fortunes of the Bailey Family. Davey Love and his son Sammy had made a special contribution to the fortunes of the Bailey family. Now, with Davey dead, there would be new challenges to face. How would Sammy fit into the family? Inevitably Fiona would bear the brunt of household disagreements, but she knew she could rely on Bill, that rock of a man with a rough tongue but a heart of gold.
In this powerful novel the author brilliantly portrays a man in search of himself, and tells a story of exceptional dramatic force which carries the reader from the rural Northumberland of Edwardian times into the holocaust of the Western Front in the First World War. And at the root of the matter is the cinder path of Charlie MacFelPs boyhood home; a place of harsh associations that would come to symbolise the struggle with destiny itself.
Jinny Brownlow was labelled by her exboyfriend as 'a cultured handmaiden'- someone so agreeable, so polite, so eager to please, she let people wipe their boots on her. Working with a marked lack of job satisfaction in the typing pool of a large Tyneside engineering firm, Jenny's only outside interest was amateur dramatics. The label was appropriate until the day she was suddenly called upon to stand hi as secretary for the firm's formidable boss, and later the same day the leading light from the Fellburn Players invited her to Sunday lunch. Both these older men had demands to make of her, and each would prove a catalyst in the reshaping of Jinny's future pattern of life.
Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers. Her books have sold millions of copies, and her characters and their stories have captured the imaginations of readers around the globe. Now, available for the first time in this country, comes one of Cookson's earliest and most stirring historical romances: The Fifteen Streets. John O'Brien lives in a world where surviving is a continual struggle. He works long hours at the docks to help support his parents' large family. Many other families in the Fifteen Streets have already given up and descended into a dismal state of grinding poverty, but the O'Briens continue to strive for a world they are only rarely allowed to glimpse. Then John O'Brien meets Mary Llewellyn, a beautiful young teacher who belongs to that other world. What begins as a casual conversation over tea quickly blossoms into a rare love that should have been perfect. Fate steps in, however, when John is accused of fathering the child of a local girl, and Mary's parents forbid her to see him. The couple begins to realize that the gulf of the Fifteen Streets between them is a chasm they could never bridge-or might they still find a way? In these pages Catherine Cookson displays the irresistible plotting, scene-setting, and characterization that have made her a recognized master of historical and romance fiction. Fans of her novels, with their larger themes of romantic love and class conflict, will be delighted to find that even at the beginning of her illustrious career, Cookson had the power to captivate audiences. Filled with passion and compelling drama, The Fifteen Streets is a rare treat for lovers of romantic fiction.
Annabella Lagrange had the kind of childhood that most can only dream about. The only child of an aristocratic couple, raised on their magnificent estate in the English countryside, she was loved by her parents and coddled by servants who acquiesced to her every whim. She was allowed to do anything she wanted, except, of course, to stray too far from her wing of the house. But her seclusion didn't concern her too much, because when she grew up, she planned to marry her handsome cousin Stephen and live happily ever after. However, on the morning of her tenth birthday, Annabella ventured farther than she'd ever gone before. Overcome with curiosity, she opened a forbidden door that led into her father's private quarters, and what she found there showed her with shocking clarity that her father was not the man she thought he was. And though she couldn't know it at the time, the events of that day set in motion the uncovering of a secret that had been kept for many years. So begins the remarkable story of Annabella Lagrange, a sensitive, beautiful young woman who was raised as a lady. But when she turns eighteen, she learns the surprising circumstances of her birth, and her entire world quietly crashes around her. Suddenly she's forced from the genteel surroundings of her youth into the rough, lower-class society of Victorian England, where only her quick wit and determination can save her from starvation. Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers, and inThe Glass Virginher powers are at their height. Rarely has a heroine been portrayed more sensitively or a situation more compellingly. Filled with passion and drama,The Glass Virginis a rare treat for lovers of romantic fiction.
A continuation of Maisie's story, and she still feels the need for her imaginary horse Hamilton. Her deformed arm makes it hard for her to defend herself, and it seems that she is destined to have sorrow with a small amount of happiness.
A heartwarming and funny story of a girl named Maisie, who invents an imaginary horse named Hamilton to be her friend. A very happy ending however. Delightful.
The day Joe Remington brought his new bride to Fell Rise, he had already sensed she might not settle easily into his home just outside the Tyneside town of Fellburn. Making plain her disapproval of Joe's familiarity with the servants, questioning the donation of food to striking miners' families these objections and more soon rubbed Joe and the local people up the wrong way, a problem he could easily have done without, for this was 1926, the year of the General Strike, the effects of which would nowhere be felt more acutely than in this heartland of the NorthEast. Then when Elaine became pregnant, she saw it as a disaster and only the willingness of her unmarried sister Betty to come and see her through her confinement made it bearable. But in the long run, would Betty's presence only serve to widen the rift between husband and wife, or would she help to bring about a reconciliation7 Catherine Cookson's powerful new novel spans the years of change leading into the Second World War and explores the many facets of a marriage based on initial passion rather than love.
Master of romantic fiction Catherine Cookson is world renowned for her enthralling tales of love that triumphs over impossible odds. In Kate Hannigan, her very first novel, Catherine Cookson introduces us to the enduring story of her most charismatic heroine. The moment he lays eyes on Kate, Dr. Rodney Prince is enchanted. He senses in this poverty-stricken patient an intelligence and warmth that's completely unexpected. His own wife, living in the oblivion of velvet cushions and lavish dinner parties, seems crude by comparison. Though they meet only briefly then retreat to their separate worlds, the image of Kate leaves an indelible mark upon his mind. Rodney knows that Kate's spirit has survived life-long suffering at the hands of men. Her father, an embittered dock worker, directed his violent rages toward Kate and her mother. At age eighteen Kate fell victim to a smooth-talking seducer and became the unwed mother of a child she later compromised her dignity to support. Such circumstances only deepen Rodney's desire to rescue Kate and overturn the codes of a society that serve to keep them apart. As the kindhearted Dr. Prince unintentionally wins over the heart of Kate's fatherless daughter, he and Kate begin to acknowledge that the gap between rich and poor might not be so great after all. Available now in the United States, Kate Hannigan remains a timeless tribute to romantic love. England's late, great Catherine Cookson has spun the unforgettable tale of a wealthy man caught in a loveless marriage, a young woman trapped in the slums, and their defiance of the mores of Edwardian society.
Set in the English countryside in the early twentieth century, this novel revolves around the lovely, free-spirited Annie Hannigan who gives her heart to Terence Macbane, the elusive boy next door. Terence reciprocates her feelings but the lovers have to contend with Cathleen's jealousy and Brian's possessive attitude towards Annie. Tormented by unrequited love and the knowledge of her own illegitimate birth, Annie decides to become a nunbut real rescue lies in the hands of Terence Macbane. Will he act in time to save her?
Maggie Rowan is desperate to get above the life she knows as a miner's daughter. She wants to live on the Hill and have a child of her own. Knowing that Christopher Taggart wants just as badly to have a bicycle shop of his own, she bribes him into marrying her for the money for his covetted shop. After having a son by him, she wants more than anything else for the child to love her above all else, but, unfortunately, she goes about it the wrong way, and he runs to her sister and other members of her family for love and comfort. Maggie will do anything to make her sister's life miserable for loving her child and gaining his love back. More secrets and skeletons are pulled out of the closet on by one as the book moves on.
Even as a child Barbara was beaufiful. But as her beauty grew, so did the affliction which shadowed it. She was becoming more and more deaf. Yet, living in an almost silent world, Barbara was protected from the knowledge which might otherwise have destroyed her-the secret of her own origins. Her governess, Anna Brigmore, was haunted by this knowledge, and by the thought that it must one day be revealed to the girl she cherished as her own daughter. THE MALLEN GIRL is the second novel in the compelling trilogy which follows the fate of the Mallens through succeeding generations.
Alee Walton's love of his daughter, Mary, was the mainstay of his life. Mary was his only comfort during the dark years of the Depression when unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife gnawed away at his self-respect. His one hope was that Mary would escape from the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums which had held him prisoner for so many years. But then something happened to Mary which shattered all his dreams for her future- something which was to split a family and dominate its members for generations to follow.
Millie Forester was seven years old, surprisingly well dressed, well spoken, and composed for one suddenly abandoned by a panic-stricken mother in an all-too-obvious flight from the law. She came into Aggie Winkowski's life like a bolt from the blue, thrust upon her in a bizarre moment of drama in the shadows of a mean street sweltering in the heat of a late June afternoon in 1854. Aggie was known hereabouts as "Raggie Aggie," for trading in rags and old clothes was her long-established business. Yet she could remember when this was still open country, with meadows .and pastures farmed by her own family through three generations since they had come to the north of England as Polish emigres. As the nineteenth century progressed, however, the Industrial Revolution turned the nearby town into a voracious city, swallowing up the land and covering it with factories and a maze of slums. But Aggie had survived and adapted to this harsh new world, and so had the old farmhouse in its high-walled yard for which she was heading when she first encountered Millie Forester.
Tilly Trotter lived happily with her grandparents until everything changed when she was nearly 16. She is caught up in the consequences of other people's actions...
Third in the Tilly trilogy. Tilly returns to England as a widow with her son and adopted daughter
The second in the Tilly trilogy. Tilly travels to America with her husband and son.
A wealthy tradesman's attempt to climb beyond his station in life reaps tragic consequences for his family--as one of the world's best-loved writers enthralls her millions of fans once again with a masterly portrayal of the conflicts of class and character in late 19th-century England.
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