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Beryl Matthews was born in London but now lives in Hampshire. She grew up in a family of enthusiastic readers, and books have always been a very important part of her life. As a young girl her ambition was to become a professional singer, but lack of funds drove her into an office, where she worked her way up from tea-girl to credit controller. Her hobbies are writing, reading, swimming and golf.
Her first stand-alone novel following her Webster sisters trilogy, this is post World War II rural Somerset and based on the identity of an orphan boy, leading to startling repercussions.Comparisons: Margaret Dickinson, Elvi Rhodes, Iris Gower.Similar this month: Lilian Harry, Rosie Harris.
* PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW * From the bestselling author of the Webster family series comes a moving and uplifting story about a generation of young people living through World War II. September, 1939. In the sleepy village of Roehampton, Annie Webster has finally found comfort for herself and her close-knit family, far from the poverty and hardships of their childhood in Bermondsey. Then, an announcement shatters their newfound peace. England is at war . . . As her brothers enlist for duty, Annie sacrifices her glamorous job in London for the urgent work of the WAAF, where women of all backgrounds pull together tirelessly for the war effort. Brave, resourceful and determined to do her bit for her country, Annie quickly catches the eye of a dashing officer, and a daring new role emerges. But as the war darkens around her and tragedy looms, this Spitfire sweetheart will soon learn that hardest task of all is finding peace in her heart . . .
A HEARTWARMING AND UPLIFTING TALE FOR FANS OF CATHERINE COOKSON AND LESLEY PEARSE On the dark, rough streets of London in 1913, can one girl find the courage to open the door to her destiny? Little Rose Webster's life has never been easy. Born in the slums of Bermondsey she has longed to escape her poor upbringing and violent step-father. But it's hard to escape these deprived streets . . . Thankfully she has a quick mind and her insatiable thirst for knowledge means she excels at school - so perhaps she has a chance at a brighter future. But Rose's dreams are shattered when she is forced to leave school and find work, leaving her with nothing to cling to but hope. And as a dark figure from her past threatens further turmoil, this winter's child fears she will never see the spring . . . PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS THE OPEN DOOR Praise for Beryl Matthews: 'A heartwarming and uplifting tale' Daily Express 'Catherine Cookson fans will love this' Woman's Own
An intelligent, slum-dwelling teenage girl takes drastic measures to survive when her father throws her out of her home, in this spellbinding historical sagaPoplar, London, 1920. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Keats is horrified when her father demands that she go to work for wealthy Mr Preston - everyone knows why he takes young girls into his house. But her violent father, who's never let her forget she's not the son he wanted, won't listen to her concerns - and when she stands up for herself, he throws her out of their dingy little house in the slums.Intelligent, book-loving Vicki vows to make her father regret this day; but she is all alone in the world. Despite her courage and quick wits, it seems likely she will starve - until two men, both complete strangers, provide her with no-strings-attached help.As Vicki's life improves beyond all recognition, she can't help but fixate on the mystery of these two good Samaritans: who were they? And why did they help her? She determines to find the men and thank them, but tracking them down may be harder - and more life-changing - than she thinks . . .