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Anne Baker - Author

About the Author

Anne Baker trained as a nurse in England, but after her marriage lived in Libya and Nigeria before returning to her native Birkenhead, where she worked as a Health Visitor. She now lives with her husband on Merseyside.

Featured books by Anne Baker

Wartime Girls

Wartime Girls

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Set in Liverpool during the Depression and the Blitz of the Second World War, Anne Baker's dramatic saga brings a close-knit community vividly to life. It is the day of the Grand National, 1933, when Susie Ingram's fiance, Danny, is killed in a tragic accident. In a cruel twist of Fate, Susie discovers she is carrying Danny's child and, shunned by his parents, she turns to her mother for support. Louise Ingram, widowed during the First World War, knows how hard it is to bring up a family alone, but with the help of her eldest daughter, Martha, who lives next door, they manage to survive. When little Rosie is born there is no doubt that she is Danny's daughter, but it is destined to take many more years of heartache before the two families are united again...

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Wartime Girls

Wartime Girls

Author: Anne Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2014

It is the day of the Grand National, 1933, when Susie Ingram's fiance, Danny, is killed in a tragic accident. In a cruel twist of Fate, Susie discovers she is carrying Danny's child and, shunned by his parents, she turns to her mother for support. Louise Ingram, widowed during the First World War, knows how hard it is to bring up a family alone, but with the help of her eldest daughter, Martha, who lives next door, they manage to survive. When little Rosie is born there is no doubt that she is Danny's daughter, but it is destined to take many more years of heartache before the two families are united again...

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A Liverpool Legacy

A Liverpool Legacy

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

On a spring day in 1947, Millie and Pete Maynard take their daughter Sylvie on a boat trip that is to end in tragedy. Poor Sylvie blames herself for the accident and Millie needs all her strength to comfort her children and overcome her grief. Then Pete's will is read and further heartache lies in store...Meanwhile, Pete's younger brother and his good-for-nothing sons try to take control of the family business, but they've underestimated Millie's indomitable spirit. She's worked in Maynard's perfume laboratory for eighteen years and is determined to protect her husband's legacy no matter what obstacles are thrown in her way...

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Nancy's War

Nancy's War

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Sunday Times bestselling author Anne Baker returns with another compelling saga of family secrets, heartache and happy endings. When Nancy Seymour's RAF pilot husband, Charles, is killed, her life falls apart. Not only has she lost the man she loved, but she also loses her home and must find a way to support herself and their little girl, Caro, on her own. With the outbreak of World War Two, Nancy is grateful for the sanctuary offered by Charles's father in the form of a little cottage in the countryside. But his mother Henrietta has always disapproved of her son's wife and seems hell-bent on making her life a misery. Nancy has little idea, though, of the depths to which Henrietta is prepared to sink. With the danger of war ever-present, Nancy must find the strength to protect those she holds dear through years of hardship and peril. And, if she survives all this, perhaps she can still hope for a second chance at happiness...

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Other books by Anne Baker

All That Glistens A young girl strives to protect her father from a troubling future

All That Glistens A young girl strives to protect her father from a troubling future

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Bestselling author Anne Baker's compelling saga of family secrets, heartache and happy endings. When jeweller Edwin Jardine gives a job to Hilda Thorpe, his daughter Jane suspects that he's been blinded to the attractive widow's flaws by her looks and her hard luck story (she's alone with a teenage daughter, Kitty). Jane's dismayed when Edwin and Hilda become romantically involved; she knows that her father deserves happiness again after the death of her mother, but must it be with Hilda? With the help of her new fiance, Nick, Jane begins to unravel the shocking truth about Hilda's past - and soon she fears that Edwin may be about to take a step he will live to regret bitterly.

Street Names of Milton Keynes: North

Street Names of Milton Keynes: North

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2008

Bellwether, Noon Layer Drive, Passalewe Lane, Quadrans Close and Silicon Court: these are just a few of the peculiar street names that can be found in Milton Keynes. This work sets out to discover what they mean and why they were chosen. It covers the geographical areas of the town: central, south, north, east, and west.

The Best of Fathers A moving saga of survival, love and belonging

The Best of Fathers A moving saga of survival, love and belonging

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Childhood sweethearts Mary and Jonty have battled against the odds to be together. Forced to run away from home because Mary's father disapproved of their relationship, they've built a happy new life for themselves. Now they long to be blessed with a child, but it seems that's not to be. Until one stormy night when a yacht is dashed upon the rocks near their home. Mary and Jonty rush to the crew's rescue. Amid terrible carnage, they manage to save a baby, who they name Charlotte and keep her as their own. Charlotte grows up to be devoted to her parents, but fate intervenes when she decides to train as a nurse in Liverpool. For Liverpool is where her 'real' family lives: and it seems that past secrets are to be uncovered - with shocking consequences.

A Labour of Love Sometimes true love can be found in the unlikeliest of places...

A Labour of Love Sometimes true love can be found in the unlikeliest of places...

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Its 1980s Merseyside and teenage cousins Sophie and Charlie are at a turning point in each of their lives. Sophie, seventeen years old and stunning, falls in love with Darrell, the school caretaker, who has plans to make it big with his rock band. But when Sophie discovers that shes pregnant, her relationship with Darrell comes to an end. Though happiness is on the horizon for Sophie, it will take her time to realise who she is destined to be with. Charlie, eighteen and having struggled at school, is unhappy in his job as a chef. With Sophies help, Charlie joins the family business with surprising results

The Wild Child Two sisters, poles apart, must unite to face the troubles ahead

The Wild Child Two sisters, poles apart, must unite to face the troubles ahead

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2007

Raising her daughters alone, widowed Flora Wilcox often feels out of her depth. There's no problem with mousy Hilary, but Isobel is a wayward beauty who can never forgive her plainer sister for stealing her boyfriend, and will be pregnant before she marries. Worse, the father of Isobel's baby isn't her new husband - and when the truth comes out, her marriage is likely to hit the rocks. Hilary's life seems to be moving along more calmly, until her husband is badly injured in an accident. And as she takes charge of his business Hilary also faces the discovery that her adored children are struggling at school. There's hope if the sisters can pull together at last - but can they ever put the past behind them?

Carousel Of Secrets A chance meeting. A new future. A dangerous admirer.

Carousel Of Secrets A chance meeting. A new future. A dangerous admirer.

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2007

It's 1931 and eighteen-year-old Greta is working in a laundry in Liverpool, where she lives with her widowed mother and thirteen-year-old brother Kenny. When a scruffy black and white collie follows Greta home one day, Kenny wants to keep the animal, but they can't afford to feed him. And so Greta tracks down the owner: Mungo Masters, a wealthy man who runs funfairs in three towns. Mungo falls for Greta, though he's her mother's age, and doesn't bother to tell her that he's married already. When Mungo gives Greta and Kenny jobs at one of his fairs, it seems life is looking up. But Mungo is not good news...

Heartless Immensity Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America

Heartless Immensity Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America

Author: Anne Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2006

As the size of the United States more than doubled during the first half of the nineteenth century, a powerful current of anxiety ran alongside the well-documented optimism about national expansion. Heartless Immensity tells the story of how Americans made sense of their country's constantly fluctuating borders and its annexation of vast new territories. Anne Baker looks at a variety of sources, including letters, speeches, newspaper editorials, and schoolbooks, as well as visual and literary works of art. These cultural artifacts suggest that the country's anxiety was fueled primarily by two concerns: fears about the size of the nation as a threat to democracy, and about the incorporation of non-white, non-Protestant regions. These fears had a consistent and influential presence until after the Civil War, functioning as vital catalysts for the explosion of literary creativity known as the American Renaissance. Building on extensive archival research as well as insights from cultural geographers and theorists of nationhood, Heartless Immensity demonstrates that national expansion had a far more complicated, multi-faceted impact on antebellum American culture than has previously been recognized. The book argues that in order to understand the nation's shift from republic to empire as well as to understand American culture in a global context, it is first necessary to pay close attention to the processes by which the physical entity known as the United States came into being.

Street Names of Milton Keynes East

Street Names of Milton Keynes East

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Bellwether, Noon Layer Drive, Passalewe Lane, Quadrans Close and Silicon Court: these are just a few of the peculiar street names that can be found in Milton Keynes. This work sets out to discover what they mean and why they were chosen. It covers the geographical areas of the town: central, south, north, east, and west.

Street Names of Milton Keynes South

Street Names of Milton Keynes South

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Bellwether, Noon Layer Drive, Passalewe Lane, Quadrans Close and Silicon Court: these are just a few of the peculiar street names that can be found in Milton Keynes. This work sets out to discover what they mean and why they were chosen. It covers the geographical areas of the town: central, south, north, east, and west.

Street Names of Milton Keynes Central

Street Names of Milton Keynes Central

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Bellwether, Noon Layer Drive, Passalewe Lane, Quadrans Close and Silicon Court: these are just a few of the peculiar street names that can be found in Milton Keynes. This work sets out to discover what they mean and why they were chosen. It covers the geographical areas of the town: central, south, north, east, and west.

Let The Bells Ring A gripping wartime saga of family, romance and danger

Let The Bells Ring A gripping wartime saga of family, romance and danger

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2006

Hannah and her mother Esme are lucky to escape when their home is destroyed during a bombing raid. Forced to move in with Esme's difficult sister-in-law, they make the best of things, and soon Hannah falls for the boy next door, Eric Goodwin. But Esme's worried; she's always been afraid of Eric's father Arnold, and she suspects that Eric is a chip off the old block, full of charm but up to no good. Is innocent Hannah being drawn into an unpredictable and dangerous world of crime?

Keep The Home Fires Burning A thrilling wartime saga of new beginnings and old enemies

Keep The Home Fires Burning A thrilling wartime saga of new beginnings and old enemies

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2005

Lovely young Cathy is left pregnant with her first child when her husband is killed in the war. For a while she lives with her in-laws, but she leaps at the chance to return as a maid to the household where she worked before her marriage. With the birth of her daughter she is compelled to return to her parents-in-law, a less than ideal situation, particularly when in due course Cathy is being courted by dear old friend. When Cathy marries again and sets up in the antiques business with her husband, it looks like at last she will find the happiness she deserves, but she has made an enemy who can't bear to see Cathy enjoying her life...

A Pocketful of Silver Secrets of the past threaten a young woman's future happiness

A Pocketful of Silver Secrets of the past threaten a young woman's future happiness

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2004

It's 1920, and Ellie Valentino is just like any other happy five-year-old growing up in Birkenhead. Although her father is dead, and her mother works hard, Ellie's grandmother Bridie is always there to provide a welcoming hug when the little girl returns from school. But, one tragic day, Ellie's secure world is suddenly torn apart with the mysterious death of her mother, and Ellie is forced to live with her uncle Mick, a man with a violent temper. As the years pass, Ellie's yearning to know the truth about her mother's death never fades - it even casts a shadow over her blossoming romance with childhood friend, Franco Baldini. For Franco knows more about that fateful day than he dares admit, especially to Ellie. Can their love survive when Ellie longs to uncover events that Franco is desperate to forget? And will Ellie ever find out what really happened to her mother?

A Mansion by the Mersey Sometimes the past can't be forgotten...

A Mansion by the Mersey Sometimes the past can't be forgotten...

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2004

It's July 1930 and Lorna Mathews couldn't be happier. She thought she was about to lose her job but instead the business's new owner, Mr Wyndham, wants to keep her on. Lorna's mother, though, is horrified by the news and finally confesses that Lorna was the result of an affair with Oliver Wyndham, whose family cast her out when Oliver died and the pregnancy was revealed. Shocked to the core to learn that the man she has always thought to be her beloved father simply adopted her at birth, Lorna resolves to find out everything she can about the past and especially about the tragic death of Oliver Wyndham. Working with the Wyndhams, she soon begins to stir up old secrets and the truth starts to emerge. But Lorna hasn't reckoned with falling in love with a member of the family she should hate...

So Many Children A young woman struggles for a brighter tomorrow

So Many Children A young woman struggles for a brighter tomorrow

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2003

Beth Hubble has grown up in extreme poverty in Dock Cottages and although she loves training to become a nurse, problems at home are never far from her mind. Doctors have told her mother that, after fourteen pregnancies, she is too frail to survive another, but they will do nothing more. Beth is determined to help, but, in 1920, birth control is a taboo subject, and her quest for knowledge is thwarted at every turn. Meanwhile Beth has fallen for Andrew Langford, a hospital lab technician, who she hopes will take her away from the tenements for good. But will Beth ever find the love and happiness that she deserves?

Goodbye Liverpool New beginnings are threatened by the past in this gripping family saga

Goodbye Liverpool New beginnings are threatened by the past in this gripping family saga

Author: Anne Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2002

When Suzy Lunt's widowed mother Josie marries Luke Palmer, it's mainly to keep a roof over their heads. But soon Josie realises she's made a mistake, and she and Suzy flee Liverpool and a man they now fear. But will they be safe from the past in Birkenhead?

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