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Freda Lightfoot - Author

About the Author

Freda Lightfoot was born and brought up in the mill towns of Lancashire.  She always dreamed of becoming a writer but this was considered a rather exotic ambition.   She has been a teacher, bookseller and smallholder but began her writing career by publishing over forty short stories and articles and five historical romances.  Her family sagas draw upon memories of her own Lancashire childhood, and on the years she lived in the English Lake District bringing up her family. She still has a flat in the Lakes and a house in a small mountain village in Spain.

 

 

Featured books by Freda Lightfoot

Peace In My Heart

Peace In My Heart

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2017

The war is over and Evie Talbert eagerly awaits the return of her three children from their evacuated homes. But her carefree daughters and son are barely recognisable - their education has been disrupted, the siblings split up, and the effect on them has been life-changing. Her son has developed serious behavioural problems and with her daughters, there's jealousy and a nervous disorder that cannot be explained... Evie's husband also has problems. Having returned from being in action, he suffers nightmares and fits of rage. He's no longer the gentle, quiet man Evie married. Peace may finally be here, but Evie's family is in shreds. Now she must rebuild a loving home to achieve the happiness she's always dreamed of...

Other books by Freda Lightfoot

Girls of the Great War

Girls of the Great War

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2018

Peace In My Heart

Peace In My Heart

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2017

The war is over and Evie Talbert eagerly awaits the return of her three children from their evacuated homes. But her carefree daughters and son are barely recognisable - their education has been disrupted, the siblings split up, and the effect on them has been life-changing. Her son has developed serious behavioural problems and with her daughters, there's jealousy and a nervous disorder that cannot be explained... Evie's husband also has problems. Having returned from being in action, he suffers nightmares and fits of rage. He's no longer the gentle, quiet man Evie married. Peace may finally be here, but Evie's family is in shreds. Now she must rebuild a loving home to achieve the happiness she's always dreamed of...

Peace In My Heart

Peace In My Heart

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 28/12/2017

Sunday Times bestselling author Freda Lightfoot is back with a heartwarming story of life after the war.She must keep her family together... The war is over and Evie Talbert eagerly awaits the return of her three children from their evacuated homes. But her carefree daughters and son are barely recognisable - their education has been disrupted, the siblings split up, and the effect on them has been life-changing. Her son has developed serious behavioural problems and with her daughters, there's jealousy and a nervous disorder that cannot be explained...Evie's husband also has problems. Having returned from being in action, he suffers nightmares and fits of rage. He's no longer the gentle, quiet man Evie married.Peace may finally be here, but Evie's family is in shreds. Now she must rebuild a loving home to achieve the happiness she's always dreamed of...

Always In My Heart

Always In My Heart

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Brenda Stuart returns to her late husband's home devastated by his loss only to find herself accused of bestowing favours upon the Germans. Life has been difficult for her over the war, having been held in an internment camp in France simply because of her nationality. Thankful that her son at least was safe in the care of his grandmother, she now finds that she has lost him too, and her life is in turmoil. Prue, her beloved sister-in-law, is also a war widow but has now fallen in love with an Italian PoW who works on the family estate. Once the war ends they hope to marry but she has reckoned without the disapproval of her family, or the nation. The two friends support each other in an attempt to resolve their problems and rebuild their lives. They even try starting a business, but it does not prove easy.

Forgotten Women

Forgotten Women

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2016

Forgotten Women

Forgotten Women

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2016

It is 1936 and Spain is on the brink of civil war. Across Europe, young men are enlisting in the International Brigade to free their Spanish brethren from the grip of fascism, leaving sisters and lovers at home.But not all women are content to be left behind. In Britain, Charlotte McBain and Libby Forbes, friends from opposite sides of the class divide, are determined to do what they can; in Spain, Rosita Garca Daz, fiercely loyal to her family and country, cannot stand by and watch. Three brave women, inspired by patriotism, idealism, love and even revenge, dare to go into battle against tradition and oppression.Tying them all together is Jo, Libbys granddaughter. Five decades later she travels to Spain hoping to make sense of a troubling letter hidden among her grandmothers possessions. What she learns will change all of their lives forever.Deceit, heartbreak and a longstanding fear of reprisals must all be overcome if the deeds of the forgotten women are to be properly honoured.

A Thousand Roads Home

A Thousand Roads Home

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2015

1945. Finally, peace has been declared. Cathie hardly dares believe that Alex, the fiance she has not seen for nearly two years, is coming home. And, finally, life can begin again for Cathie and the orphaned baby in her care. But the Alex who returns is not the kind, loving man Cathie remembers. He's cold, selfish, sometimes even frightening. So Cathie has a choice: stand by him, and try to contain his violent temper? Or hold her tiny baby close...and run from the man she has yearned for. Home is Where the Heart Is is a heart-wrenchingly, poignant new saga from Freda Lightfoot, set in the aftermath of World War II.

Polly's Pride

Polly's Pride

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

From Sunday Times bestselling author, Freda Lightfoot. From brief riches to rural rags and ruin... 1920s, Manchester. Living in the deprived area of Ancoats area of Manchester Polly Pride feels more fortunate than most until her husband Matthew loses his job and her life is thrown into turmoil. With no money coming in Polly must act to keep her family from starvation. In a desperate gamble she sells all the family goods and buys a handcart, from which she sells second-hand rugs and carpets. But struggling to deal with poverty and her husband's hurt pride are only the start of her problems. For when tragedy strikes Polly has to do battle with the bigotry of a sour brother-in-law to keep herself and her family from falling apart. A stirring, heartrending story of love, passion, duty and family, set in the 1920s as the Second World War looms. Praise for Freda Lightfoot ' Freda's books are a joy to read - her characters are so believable and richly drawn - they're satisfying page turners!' - Anne Bennett

Polly's War

Polly's War

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

From Sunday Times bestselling author, Freda Lightfoot. The war might be over, but for Polly and her family the struggle continues... With the end of WW2 Polly Pride feels as though the fighting has moved to her own home. Her son, Benny, is mixed up with some unsavoury characters but continues to pull the wool over his mother's eyes. Daughter Lucy is carrying on with a fancy man behind her husband's back, leaving her children to run riot. And Charlie, Polly's beloved husband, is battling ill health and doesn't want her interfering. Polly risks losing all she's worked so hard to achieve, but refuses to go back to Ancoats area of Manchester and a life of grinding poverty. She will sacrifice all she has before she stands by and watches her family tear itself to pieces... A dramatic and emotional story of one woman's story to keep her family together. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Kitty Neale. Praise for Freda Lightfoot 'Freda's books are a joy to read - her characters are so believable and richly drawn - they're satisfying page turners!' - Anne Bennett

Lady of Passion

Lady of Passion

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

The Duchess of Drury Lane

The Duchess of Drury Lane

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2014

My Lady Deceiver

My Lady Deceiver

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2013

1905. Rosie Belsfield feels as if her life has ended when she is rejected from Ellis Island and put on the next boat back to England, leaving her family behind. But fate gives her a second chance when she befriends Lady Rosalind. Having boarded the ship with one identity, fate decrees that Rosie leave it with another ...As Rosie arrives in Cornwall as 'Rosalind', she finds herself increasingly trapped by her deception and the cruelty of those around her. Her only hope seems to be the enigmatic Bryce Tregowan, with whom the promise of a new life beckons. As she falls deeper into love and lies, can Rosie keep up the act, or will her secrets reveal themselves? And to what consequences?

Cup Cake Coffee Break

Cup Cake Coffee Break

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

Six heartwarming short stories - previously published in My Weekly, My Story, People's Friend, Woman's Realm and other magazines.

Watch For The Talleyman

Watch For The Talleyman

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

Dancing on Deansgate

Dancing on Deansgate

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2013

The Promise

The Promise

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2012

San Francisco, 1904. Georgia Briscoe, a young woman from a good family, is unwillingly betrothed to businessman Drew Kemp when she falls for handsome British sailor Ellis Cowper. Drew had the charm to dazzle everyone around him, but when the couple are married, it soon transpires that Drew's charm is only skin-deep, and that he is in fact a greedy gambling addict with a penchant for other women, including Georgia's maid Maura and jealous sister Prudence. When Georgia and Maura fall pregnant, both women decide to escape to be with the men they love, providing Prudence with an opportunity to seize Drew - and much more besides. London, 1948. When Chrissie Kemp travels to the Lake District to visit her grandmother Georgia, she is not prepared for the shocking revelation that is about to throw her family into turmoil. As a last act of vengeance on her death bed, Prudence claims that Chrissie's mother Vanessa and her late father Aaran are brother and sister. As the truth unfurls, the passion, emotion and astounding love that occurred in San Francisco forty years ago is revealed, and three generations of the family are tested to their limits.

Ruby McBride

Ruby McBride

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2012

Daisy's Secret

Daisy's Secret

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2012

The Lakes 2012Laura is having problems with her marriage, so when she is left a house in the Lake District by her grandmother, she starts to look at her life anew. And she begins to investigate why she was abandoned by her own family. What happened when she was evacuated to the Lakes during the war? What was Daisy's Secret?

Lonely Teardrops

Lonely Teardrops

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2012

On the day of her beloved father's funeral Harriet learns that Joyce isn't her real mother after all. That explains why she's always favoured her brother. Her emotions in turmoil, Harriet rebels, which puts in jeopardy everything she holds dear. Can she come back from the brink or will her life be filled with lonely teardrops?

Promise

Promise

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2011

San Francisco, 1904. Georgia Briscoe, a young woman from a good family, is unwillingly betrothed to businessman Drew Kemp when she falls for handsome British sailor Ellis Cowper. Drew has the charm to dazzle everyone around him, but once the couple are married, it transpires that Drew's charm is only skin-deep - he is a greedy gambling addict with a penchant for other women, including Georgia's maid Maura and her jealous sister Prudence. When both Georgia and Maura fall pregnant, the women decide to escape to be with the men they love, providing Prudence with an opportunity to seize Drew for herself. London, 1948. When Chrissie Kemp travels to the Lake District to visit her grandmother Georgia, she is not prepared for the shocking revelation that is about to throw her family into turmoil. As a last act of vengeance on her death bed, Prudence makes an astonishing claim. As the truth unfurls, the passion, emotion and astounding love that blossomed in San Francisco forty years earlier is revealed, and three generations of one family are tested to their limits.

Gracie's Sin

Gracie's Sin

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2011

Sackful of Stories

Sackful of Stories

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2011

For All Our Tomorrows

For All Our Tomorrows

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2011

It might be a friendly invasion, but when hundreds of US Marines arrive at a quiet Cornish town in the summer of 1943 with only two things on their mind, making love and making war, there are bound to be problems.

Angels at War

Angels at War

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2011

The Lake District. After a tumultuous past, the future is finally looking rosy for the Angel sisters. Livia is set to marry handsome Jack Flint to while her sisters are contentedly living at Todd Farm. Yet Livia still dreams of resurrecting the neglected drapery business which was left to her when her father died. Racked with guilt over the tragic death of her sister Maggie, she promises never to let anyone down again and to do something worthwhile with her life. But is she prepared to jeopardise the love she shares with Jack to achieve her wish? With the wealthy and determined Matthew Grayson standing in the way of her ambitions, Livia must stay true to her heart, or risk losing everything ...

Girl From Poor House Lane

Girl From Poor House Lane

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2011

Woman From Heartbreak House

Woman From Heartbreak House

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2011

Child From Nowhere

Child From Nowhere

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2011

Reluctant Queen

Reluctant Queen

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2011

Hostage Queen

Hostage Queen

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2010

Kitty Little

Kitty Little

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2010

Favourite Child

Favourite Child

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2010

Larkrigg Fell

Larkrigg Fell

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2010

Storm Clouds Over Broombank

Storm Clouds Over Broombank

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2010

Wishing Water

Wishing Water

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2010

Lakeland Lily

Lakeland Lily

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2010

Bobbin Girls

Bobbin Girls

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2010

Luckpenny Land

Luckpenny Land

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2010

Rhapsody Creek

Rhapsody Creek

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2010

House of Angels

House of Angels

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2010

The Lake District, 1908. It seems as though Livia, Ella and Maggie Angel lead a charmed life on a large country estate. But since the death of their mother, their family home has been far from a quiet haven as their bullying father is determined to marry off the girls to his greatest advantage. When the sisters discover their father had an affair many years ago, which resulted in the birth of a baby girl, they determine to find their half-sister, and their search begins in the local workhouse. Mercy had been unaware of her connection to the rich Angel family until her mother's death-bed confession, and once she knows, she's not at all sure that she wants to be part of the family.

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/1999

Polly Pride, of catholic Irish stock, lives with her protestant husband Matthew and their two children in the poor part of Manchester. Despite money worries they are happy, but when Matthew loses his job, Polly decides she must do her bit to keep the family from starvation and she sells all the family's goods and chattels, using the money to turn their home into a small shop from which she sells second-hand rugs and carpets. This does not please her husband, or his family, who has never accepted their son marrying a catholic, and so Polly not only has to struggle to make a living, but also has to fight to keep her family from falling apart.

Lakeland Lily

Lakeland Lily

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/1997

Lily Thorpe has big dreams: she wants to make her fortune as a dressmaker, away from her family's fish stall and the poor fishing community of Carreckwater - and she wants to marry Dick Rawlings, her secret sweetheart. But when tragedy strikes and Dick is killed in a boating accident caused by the wealthy and arrogant Clermont-Read family, Lily is forced to come to terms with life without him. She soon finds, however, that her fate and that of the Clermont-Read family is intertwined, and, torn between a desire for revenge and her continuing wish to make a better life for herself, she makes a decision which she hopes will enable her to combine the two. Instead, heartache and misery follow and Lily must reassess her priorities - before it is too late.

Wishing Water

Wishing Water

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/1995

Lissa Turner seems to have everything: she's pretty and intelligent, has warm and devoted parents and a beautiful home in the Lake District. But Lissa's real mother her as a baby, and her feelings of confusion have persisted through the years. Secretly Lissa wants nothing more than to be loved and cherished. But her lack of faith in herself launches her into a disastrous marriage with sinister consequences ... WISHING WATER is an engaging tale set in the hauntingly beautiful hills of the Lake District. It is the story of a heroine who overcomes the emotional legacy of her troubled past and discovers the confidence to grasp happiness when it is offered.

Luckpenny Land

Luckpenny Land

Author: Freda Lightfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1995

Life is hard for Meg Turner. She lives on a lonely farm in the bleak but beautiful mountains of the Lake District with a bully of a father and a brother who resents her. They want to keep her stuck at home, but Meg knows there's more to life than the kitchen sink and she's determined to find it. Meg wants to be a sheep farmer - unusual for a woman - and life in this man's world proves tougher at times than she expected. For love and comfort, she turns to her best friend, Kath, and to Lanky Lawson, who's more of a father figure to her than her own will ever be. But it's Lanky Lawson's son, Jack, with his dark good looks she loves and hopes to marry one day. But loyalties are threatened as World War II approaches, and Meg gradually realises that the only thing she can really count on is her passion for the haunting land she loves so much . . .