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Joan Jonker - Author

About the Author

Joan Jonker was born and bred in Liverpool. She founded the charity-run organisation Victims of Violence and she lives in Southport. She has two sons and two grandsons.

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Other books by Joan Jonker

You Stole My Heart Away A warm and humorous saga of friendship and community (Molly and Nellie series, Book 9)

You Stole My Heart Away A warm and humorous saga of friendship and community (Molly and Nellie series, Book 9)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2006

Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough are very happy with their lot in life. Their expanding families and abundance of friends always keep them busy. And as they walk arm in arm to the shops every day they are greeted with warmth by their neighbours, for wherever they go they bring fun and laughter with them. Their rock-solid friendship has lasted over twenty years and never once have Molly and Nellie fallen out. The two best mates love a bit of excitement so when they learn there is a wedding in the offing which will bring the Bennett, McDonough and Corkhill families even closer...

One Rainy Day Fate will always intervene in the face of true love...

One Rainy Day Fate will always intervene in the face of true love...

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2006

Poppy Meadows has a face of rare beauty. Like most other nineteen-year-olds, she enjoys life. And, oh, how she loves to dance! The only blot on her happiness is her dreadful boss in the office where she works... One rainy day, Poppy is delivering a letter when she fails to notice two people approaching and is knocked to the ground. The couple are full of apologies but Poppy brushes aside the young man's offer to replace her ruined raincoat. As she walks away with her head held high, Andrew Wilkie-Brook says to his sister Charlotte, 'I wish she'd let me help, but she wouldn't listen to me.' Someone is listening, however, and her name is Fate...

Three Little Words Two best friends. One much-loved Liverpool neighbourhood. (Molly and Nellie series, Book 7)

Three Little Words Two best friends. One much-loved Liverpool neighbourhood. (Molly and Nellie series, Book 7)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2004

In the backstreets of Liverpool, best mates Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough are up to their usual tricks. And, as always, they're keeping an eye on their children and grandchildren who mean the world to them. But they're never too busy to help out a friend, so when Claire Thompson attracts a mysterious admirer it's clear to Molly and Nellie that their detective skills are required...

When Wishes Come True A moving wartime saga of love, motherhood and freedom

When Wishes Come True A moving wartime saga of love, motherhood and freedom

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2004

Evelyn Wilkinson married Charles Lister-Sinclair just hours before he left for war, unaware that she would never see him again and that she was already carrying his child. When Amelia is born, Charles's parents refuse to accept that she is their grandchild, so, penniless and afraid, Evelyn moves to the backstreets of Liverpool where she dreams of escaping. Meanwhile, as little Milly grows up she discovers that a world of happiness lies on her doorstep.

The Sunshine of your Smile Two friends come to the rescue in this moving Liverpool saga (Molly and Nellie series, Book 6)

The Sunshine of your Smile Two friends come to the rescue in this moving Liverpool saga (Molly and Nellie series, Book 6)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2003

Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough have been best mates for over twenty years, with never a cross word between them. When times were bad and money scarce, they kept their families together with love and laughter. And they were always there to help anyone in trouble. So when they hear about a mother who hasn't seen her son for years, the two friends know they have a job to do...

Strolling With The One I Love Two friends come to the rescue in this touching Liverpool saga

Strolling With The One I Love Two friends come to the rescue in this touching Liverpool saga

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2002

Kate Spencer and her best friend Monica Parry have enough on their plates with their boisterous families and the day-to-day running of their Liverpool homes. But the plight of a neighbour's teenage daughter is a cry for help they can't ignore...

Taking a Chance on Love Two friends face one dark secret in this touching Liverpool saga

Taking a Chance on Love Two friends face one dark secret in this touching Liverpool saga

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2002

Ginny Porter and Joan Flynn were born within days of each other in adjoining houses in a narrow street of two-up two-downs in Liverpool. They've been friends since they were toddlers and now they've become young ladies and left school. Joan finds work at Dunlop's tyre factory, while Ginny's dream comes true when she is taken on as a counter assistant at Woolworths. But things don't work out as she had expected, and she carries around a dark secret...

After the Dance is Over A heart-warming saga of friendship and family (Molly and Nellie series, Book 5)

After the Dance is Over A heart-warming saga of friendship and family (Molly and Nellie series, Book 5)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

There's never a dull moment when Nellie McDonough and Molly Bennett get together, and there's always something to keep them busy in their Liverpool street. First, Molly's son Tommy sets the date for his wedding to Rosie O'Grady, and everyone's saving hard to ensure their day is perfect. Then a new family arrive in the area and their daughter is determined to put a stop to the budding romance between Nellie's son Paul and Phoebe Corkhill. Meanwhile, Molly's daughter Doreen and her husband Phil make an announcement, and Nellie and Molly are determined to track down Phil's long lost family, so that they can share in the joyful news...

Many a Tear has to Fall A warm, tender, heartfelt saga of a loving Liverpool family

Many a Tear has to Fall A warm, tender, heartfelt saga of a loving Liverpool family

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2001

Things are finally looking up for George and Ann Richardson. After causing years of worry, their younger daughter Tess, who had always been sickly and small, is starting to blossom into a confident, clever girl. It will be some time before she catches up with her older sister Maddy, but her family know she'll soon be just as strong. And they've just scraped together enough money to take them on their first holiday, to Wales, where the country life will be just what they need. But heartache is waiting for the family when they return to Liverpool, and many a tear will have to fall before they find the true happiness they long for...

Dream a Little Dream A young family rediscover their roots and true happiness

Dream a Little Dream A young family rediscover their roots and true happiness

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2000

Edie Dennison was a sweet young girl when she first met her husband Robert living in the same street of two-up two-down houses in Seaforth. Now, thanks to the success of Robert's business, they've gone up in the world. When Robert realises that his wife has forgotten her roots, and is encouraging their children to have ideas above their station, he decides to take his two youngest children, Nigel and Abbie, back to Seaforth, to meet their old friends and the grandparents they never knew they had. Soon they discover a whole new world of happiness is waiting for them...

Down Our Street Friendship, family and love collide in this wartime saga (Molly and Nellie series, Book 4)

Down Our Street Friendship, family and love collide in this wartime saga (Molly and Nellie series, Book 4)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2000

The Second World War is finally over and best friends Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough are bursting with happiness. Their beloved sons are coming home at last and their eldest children are planning to marry each other. When a double wedding is announced, Molly is determined to give her two beautiful daughters a day to remember for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile Nellie's daughter Lily has a boyfriend whom no one likes. When he brings trouble to their door, Nellie's friends in the street are ready to face it. And there's a handsome young chap just waiting in the wings for Lily...

Stay as Sweet as You Are A heart-warming family saga of hope and escapism

Stay as Sweet as You Are A heart-warming family saga of hope and escapism

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/1999

With the face of an angel and a sunny nature, Lucy Mellor is a daughter any parent would be proud of. But Lucy only knows cruelty from the woman who brought her into the world. Her father, Bob, is the one shining light in her life. He tries to protect her, but he is no match for the devious wife who gives him no peace of mind and has no love for his daughter. The walls of the house are thin and Ruby Mellor's angry attacks on Lucy can be heard by their neighbours. One day, Irene Pollard decides she must do something, and she takes the girl under her wing. And two doors up, Mrs Aggie and her seafaring son, Titch, enrich Lucy's life with their sense of fun. But Lucy she still craves a mother's love...

Try a Little Tenderness A heart-warming wartime saga of a troubled Liverpool family

Try a Little Tenderness A heart-warming wartime saga of a troubled Liverpool family

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/1999

Jenny and Laura Nightingale are as different as chalk and cheese. Jenny's pretty face and lively sense of humour make her everyone's favourite girl, whereas Laura is mean and moody and she's never out of trouble. Their mother, Mary, loves them both and frets about Laura's behaviour, but soon that's the least of her worries... Her father's new young wife, Celia, is about to bring shame on the family by leading Laura astray. Jenny attracts the attention of two young lads in her street who both want to court her. Mick and John have been mates since they were kids but now war is declared, and it's every man for himself! Meanwhile Laura's resentment begins to build and it's only a matter of time before things come to a head. Who will learn that a little tenderness goes a long way?

Walking My Baby Back Home A moving, post-war saga of finding love after tragedy

Walking My Baby Back Home A moving, post-war saga of finding love after tragedy

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/1998

Ever since Dot Baker lost her husband in the war she's tried to keep his memory alive. But when John Kershaw turns up on her doorstep, she can't blame her kids, Katy and Colin, for wanting another man about the house. John's the boss of a local factory, and a kind and caring man who can't seem to do enough for the Bakers and their friends and neighbours. He defends Mary Campbell when she is attacked by her violent husband; he encourages Colin and Katy in all that they do; and he puts a smile on Dot's face that's been missing since her husband's death. Everyone in the street can see they're meant to be together, but the one person who's blind to John's charm is Dot herself. What's it going to take to make her realise where her happiness lies...?

Sadie was a Lady An engrossing saga of family trouble and true love

Sadie was a Lady An engrossing saga of family trouble and true love

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/1998

Beautiful, blonde-haired Sadie Wilson suffers abuse from her slovenly mother and lecherous father in order to protect her younger siblings from a similar fate. The neighbours avoid her parents like the plague and Sadie has no friends to turn to for help. But when Harry, the kind-hearted boy next door, sees Sadie crying because her father has lost all their money, he offers to pay her sixpence for a kiss. With coins in her pocket, Sadie goes to Paddy's market to buy underclothes she so desperately needs and it is there that she meets Mary Ann and a lively bunch of Liverpudlian stallholders who are to be her salvation. Even though she is rescued by Mary Ann's friends and starts a new life, Sadie's thoughts still return to her brothers and sisters back at home. And no matter how many admirers she has, there's a place in her heart for just one lad whose kisses she can't seem to forget...

The Pride of Polly Perkins A touching family saga of love, tragedy and hope

The Pride of Polly Perkins A touching family saga of love, tragedy and hope

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/1997

At the age of fourteen, happy-go-lucky Polly Perkins faces untold sadness when her beloved father is diagnosed with tuberculosis. As Tommy's stay in hospital turns from weeks into months, Polly's mother, Ada, becomes increasingly anxious as to how she will make ends meet. In an attempt to help out, Polly takes a job as a flowerseller, and when she sells a buttonhole to Charles Denholme, a member of the Liverpool gentry, she sets in motion a chain of events that changes her life forever...

Sweet Rosie O'Grady A touching wartime saga that promises both laughter and tears (Molly and Nellie series, Book 3)

Sweet Rosie O'Grady A touching wartime saga that promises both laughter and tears (Molly and Nellie series, Book 3)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/1997

Neighbours Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough are thrilled to see their children settling down. Jill and Steve are making wedding plans and Doreen waits patiently at home for Phil's next leave. But the Second World War is separating loved ones forever and the future looks bleak... Then Rosie O'Grady arrives in Liverpool from Ireland and Molly and Nellie are in for a treat. With her sparkling blue eyes and youthful charm, sweet Rosie O'Grady is like a breath of fresh air. Her direct approach to life soon has everyone crying with laughter; and Molly's son, Tommy, who used to think girls were nothing but a nuisance, is in for a pleasant surprise...

Last Tram to Lime Street A moving saga of love and friendship from the streets of Liverpool (Molly and Nellie series, Book 2)

Last Tram to Lime Street A moving saga of love and friendship from the streets of Liverpool (Molly and Nellie series, Book 2)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/1996

Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough are as close as can be. They sort out all the neighbours' problems, care for seven children between them, and still have time for a giggle and a gossip. So imagine the excitement when Nellie's son, Steve, proposes to Molly's daughter, Jill. But it's not long before unsettling events turn their attention again to friends in need. The Bradley family, who have moved in up the street, are a bad lot, and Molly and Nellie find their hands full with sorting out the troubles that ensue. Meanwhile, Molly's teenage daughter, Doreen, has fallen head over heels in love with a young lad named Philip. She hasn't been with anyone quite like him before, and she's in for a terrible shock when she finds out whose family he comes from...

Stay in Your Own Back Yard A touching saga of love, family and true friendship (Molly and Nellie series, Book 1)

Stay in Your Own Back Yard A touching saga of love, family and true friendship (Molly and Nellie series, Book 1)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/1995

In her terraced house in Liverpool, Molly Bennett struggles to bring up four children on her husband's meagre wage. But Molly doesn't complain; she has an abundance of things money can't buy - and a home filled with love and laughter. When her eldest daughter, Jill, is offered a place at high school, Molly is racked with guilt. She needs Jill working to relieve their poverty. But Jill eases Molly's conscience by getting herself a job in a baker's shop while signing up for night school. Molly's best mate is Nellie McDonough; they spend hours laughing, gossiping and lending a helping hand to others. And when they discover one of their neighbours is being beaten by her violent husband, the friends roll up their sleeves and take action. Meanwhile, Jill starts dating Nellie's son, Steve, and both families are delighted. But Jill lands herself an office job that takes her into a world beyond the confines of their close-knit community and she and Steve seem to be drifting apart...

Home is Where the Heart Is A touching saga of love, family and hope (Eileen Gillmoss series, Book 3)

Home is Where the Heart Is A touching saga of love, family and hope (Eileen Gillmoss series, Book 3)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/1995

When fun-loving, eighteen-stone Eileen Gillmoss announces that she's expecting a baby, her husband Bill thinks it's another one of her jokes. After all, it's twelve years since Edna, their youngest, was born. But when it sinks in that a baby really is on the way, Bill is over the moon and decides that the family should move out of their two-up, two-down house in Liverpool to one with more spacious accommodation. Eileen digs her heels in at first, reluctant to leave the house she loves and friends and neighbours so dear. But a scare early in Eileen's pregnancy strengthens Bill's resolve to provide a more comfortable home for his wife. Before Eileen knows what's hit her, she's installed in a smart home with posh new neighbours. Then tragedy strikes and Eileen must come to terms with a loss far greater than leaving behind her beloved neighbourhood. She tries to put on a brave face, but she can't fool the people who love her, who miss the smile on that round, chubby face and the laughter ringing through her house. They vow to make amends and fate steps in to lend a helping hand...

Man of the House A touching wartime saga of life when the men come home (Eileen Gilmoss series, Book 2)

Man of the House A touching wartime saga of life when the men come home (Eileen Gilmoss series, Book 2)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/1995

On VE day, everyone was rejoycing and it seemed the whole population of Liverpool had turned out to celebrate. Eileen Gillmoss, a colourful character with a smile forever lighting up her face was the life and soul of the party. Today was the day she'd prayed for and dreamed about. After five long, lonely years, her prisoner-of-war husband Bill would be coming home, back to the open, loving arms of his wife and children. But the man who comes back from the war is a complete stranger to her. It isn't only that Bill's appearance has changed. It's his remoteness, his flinching from her touch that Eileen can't cope with. Now, Eileen, who is always there to lend a shoulder to cry on, is the one in need. But who can she turn to? No one can give her what she craves most... her old husband back. She wants him back where he belongs, as the man of the house.

When One Door Closes A heart-warming saga of love and friendship in a city ravaged by war (Eileen Gillmoss series, Book 1)

When One Door Closes A heart-warming saga of love and friendship in a city ravaged by war (Eileen Gillmoss series, Book 1)

Author: Joan Jonker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/1994

It's May 1941 and Liverpool is taking a hammering from the German bombers. For young Mary Bradshaw and her widowed mother life is full of rationing, blackouts and the wail of the air-raid siren. Despite the gloom, Mary's heart is light as she counts her blessings - she's got her loving mother and Bob, her soldier boyfriend whom she adores and hopes to marry soon. During the worst air raid Liverpool has ever suffered, fate deals Mary the first of many cruel blows it has in store for her. She is devastated as her whole world collapses. But Mary doesn't have to face the knocks alone. Her best friend Eileen has a heart and a sense of humour as big as her eighteen stone body - heaven help anyone who hurts her mate! Harry is the boy from up the road who's loved Mary since they were kids and he'll not desert her now. Soon Mary finds that when one door closes, another one really does open.

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