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Rosie Goodwin - Author

About the Author

Rosie Goodwin has written a number of bestselling classic, contemporary and historical sagas. She worked in social services for many years. She lives near Nuneaton with her husband and their three dogs. Rosie is now rated amongst the top 100 most borrowed library authors in the UK.

Featured books by Rosie Goodwin

Dilly's Sacrifice

Dilly's Sacrifice

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A desperate act to save her family ...Dilly is devastated: with her husband unable to work and four children already at home, they cannot afford to feed their new-born baby. Heartbroken, she heads into the night to deliver her baby girl to the Farthing family at the big house. Having just lost their own daughter to measles, the Farthings adopt the baby and offer Dilly a lifeline: a job as a maid. This act of desperation will change the lives of both families irrevocably - and the onset of WWI even more so. Sons are taken, love is declared, hearts are broken and terrible acts are committed. Through it all, Dilly does everything she can to preserve her family. But when the chance for true love finally comes, will she choose family over her own happiness?

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The Mill Girl

The Mill Girl

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Love, family and survival ...Life is tough on the cobbled backstreet courtyards of Abbey Street, Warwickshire, in the 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, clever, feisty Maryann is happy there - until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann coping with everything, exhausted and lonely. Especially as Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait. When things are at their bleakest, Maryann is offered a lifeline: a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall. Though the house is filled with secrets and heartache, there is kindness, too, and to Maryann's surprise she grows close to Marshall. But their relationship has not gone unnoticed and it threatens to unleash a world of problems on them all ...A warm and captivating story of fighting for love in the face of adversity, from much-loved author Rosie Goodwin.

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The Mill Girl

The Mill Girl

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Love, family and survival ...Life is tough on the cobbled backstreet courtyards of Abbey Street, Warwickshire, in the 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, clever, feisty Maryann is happy there - until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann coping with everything, exhausted and lonely. Especially as Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait. When things are at their bleakest, Maryann is offered a lifeline: a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall. Though the house is filled with secrets and heartache, there is kindness, too, and to Maryann's surprise she grows close to Marshall. But their relationship has not gone unnoticed and it threatens to unleash a world of problems on them all ...A warm and captivating story of fighting for love in the face of adversity, from much-loved author Rosie Goodwin.

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The Soldier's Daughter

The Soldier's Daughter

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

A family pulled apart. A love silenced...For as long as Briony Valentine can remember she has been soft on Eddie, the boy next door. But their chance of romance is stifled when the Luftwaffe begin dropping bombs on the midlands. Eddie is called up to serve, as is Briony's father, tearing her world apart. As the telegrams arrive, all she can do is pray. Despite past disagreements, Briony's affluent grandparents open their doors to the three Valentine children, offering them the safety of Cornwall - far from the bombs and far from the only world they've ever known. Will the Valentine family ever unite, and will Briony ever see Eddie again? It is a moving, compelling and wonderfully authentic portrait of family life amongst the perils of WWII, from a much-loved author.

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A Mother's Shame

A Mother's Shame

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

One dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at Hatter's Hall, the local mental asylum, not as an inmate but as a worker. Here, she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land-owner. But Isabelle is not insane. She, like many other young women confined within the walls, has been banished here by her family. Hatter's Hall serves to hide unmarried women, in the family way, from prying eyes. As the women's lives become entwined, they realise the dangers they face. But there is only one way out of Hatter's Hall. The women must escape and there is one man who can help, Isabelle's brother Joshua - who can barely keep his eyes off Maria. Otherwise, there's every chance they might never leave.

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Other books by Rosie Goodwin

Dilly's Hope

Dilly's Hope

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Hardworking widow Dilly Carey has struggled out of poverty to make a successful life for herself. Surrounded by her children and grandchildren, Dilly should be content, but she is still troubled by the one secret she must never share. Olivia, the daughter Dilly gave away at birth, cannot find out the real truth about her parentage. It's time for Dilly to make her peace with the choice that she was forced to make. As Dilly finds the strength and courage to visit her son's grave on the battlefields of the Great War, will she also find a way to a new happiness - and a new love?

Dilly's Hope

Dilly's Hope

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2016

Dilly's Lass

Dilly's Lass

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/07/2016

Dilly's Lass

Dilly's Lass

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2016

Years ago Dilly made the devastating decision to give her baby daughter to wealthy local family, the Farthings. She is still living with the consequences of her choice when the daughter she gave away all those years ago turns up on Dilly's doorstep, with a baby girl in tow, begging for help. Olivia has a secret she only feels safe telling Dilly. Sworn to secrecy, Dilly agrees to help, delighted to be spending time with her new granddaughter and daughter. She can't tell Max Farthing, the man who took in Olivia all those years ago and who Dilly has feelings for. For Max has problems of his own: he's married to Camilla, who has lost leave of her senses. Could Dilly and Max ever come together? Dilly's Lass is a wonderfully heartfelt portrayal of families beginning to rebuild after WW1, from much-loved author Rosie Goodwin.

Rosie Goodwin Omnibus: The Bad Apple, No One's Girl, Dancing Till Midnight

Rosie Goodwin Omnibus: The Bad Apple, No One's Girl, Dancing Till Midnight

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

Rosie Goodwin's first three novels, and some of her best loved work, is now available in an omnibus edition for the first time. The Bad AppleLouise Hart can take no more abuse from her callous husband Paul. One cold December night in 1959 she can take no more. She and her son Davey escape to her mother. But Paul is in trouble with dangerous men. Unable to pay his debts, he blackmails Louise and those who love her, keeping a shadowy presence in their lives. Even the arrival of Charlie Fox, a stranger who becomes a true friend, cannot guarantee that the future will be safe...No One's GirlJane Reynolds seems a devoted daughter, but her father's cruelty has left her afraid to love. After his sudden death she becomes a virtual recluse, leaving her small farm only to go to market. But everything changes when she finds a young runaway hiding near her cottage. Alice, too, is unloved and in pain, and as the pair become friends, Jane begins to wonder whether she could offer the girl the loving home she's never had. But dark secrets in both their pasts threaten everything Jane hopes for...Dancing Till MidnightGrace Collins, orphaned as a child, was raised by her severely religious aunt. Starved of love, she falls for the first man who shows her affection, Barry Swan. Then Grace falls pregnant. They marry and, for a while, Grace knows happiness. Barry adores her and is a wonderful father, but something is missing. When Barry takes her dancing, the gap seems to be filled - until she meets Philip Golding. He sweeps Grace off her feet but as he draws her into a web of deceit, she discovers that all that glitters is not gold...

A Mother's Shame

A Mother's Shame

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/02/2014

The Empty Cradle

The Empty Cradle

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

When a young woman faces unimaginable heartache, she vows to make a difference... A moving saga of anguish, hope and never-ceasing fortitude, The Empty Cradle is a spell-binding and unforgettable tale from bestselling author of No One's Girl, Mothering Sunday and The Little Angel, Rosie Goodwin. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Dilly Court. 'Goodwin uses her deft touch, natural warmth and superb storytelling skills in a spellbinding story of love, loss and redemption' - Lancashire Evening Post To the outside world, Charlotte is the privileged daughter of the local vicar. Behind closed doors, however, she is the prisoner of her controlling father. As she grows up, Charlotte longs for freedom, but her captivating innocence leads her into trouble. Sent to Ireland to hide a shameful pregnancy, she discovers that once again her father has deceived her. She is forced into a convent's harsh and humiliating regime, where she must eventually give up the one thing that makes her life worthwhile. When Charlotte returns to England, older than her years, she chooses to forget the past. Becoming a London midwife, she longs only to help other women at this hardest and most joyful moment in their lives. But her deep compassion, and desire to prevent anyone else suffering the same horror she did, leads her into a darker and more dangerous place. What Amazon readers are saying about The Empty Cradle: 'I have never felt it quite so necessary to write my thoughts about a book. I cannot wait to read more and more of Rosie Goodwin's books. From the very first page to the very last it holds you page by page. My goodness what an amazing lady this author is. I loved every chapter, every page' '...this one has to be the best [Rosie Goodwin] by far. Certainly not a book that you can guess the ending, and kept me captivated all through. Fantastic story and written superbly'

The Misfit

The Misfit

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

An abandoned baby. A damaged child. Can Rebecca escape her broken past? Abandoned outside a hospital, baby Rebecca didn't have a good start. She's adopted, but her new father can't warm to her, and her mother can't succeed in turning the plain, unresponsive child into the little princess she longs for. When her adoptive mother dies, her greedy aunt takes her in, but hers is not a happy home, and soon Rebecca's life is worse than ever. She longs to escape to the circus that visits her town, with its carefree life and freedom from her past - but will she ever find happiness?

Whispers

Whispers

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2012

Sometimes the past really does come back to haunt you... The old manor house has stood empty for years, left to rot since the last master of the Fenton family died. Until Jess Beddows steps inside, and feels she has come home. Against her family's wishes, she buys the house, promising to bring it back to life. Upstairs, in an attic room left untouched for a century or more, she finds a journal. It holds the heartbreaking tale of Martha, and of the cruel, entangled lives of the house's servants and masters nearly two hundred years before. As Jess is drawn into their tragedy, the whispers begin. Before long, everything she loves will be threatened by violent emotion and long-kept secrets. Can she survive the echoes from the past?

A Band of Steel

A Band of Steel

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2011

A family threatened by war but destroyed by love... When Adina and her family are forced to flee Cologne to escape the vicious menace of German invasion in 1938, leaving their luxurious lifestyle is painful. Harder still is finding herself a refugee in a foreign country. But Adina is a compassionate and determined girl and as they settle into a new life in the Midlands she finds the strength to survive. However, her brother and sister aren't so lucky and their family ties are stretched to breaking point. And then Adina runs the risk of losing her family forever when she is drawn towards the one man she should never fall in love with...

The Lost Soul

The Lost Soul

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2010

A powerful story of abuse, neglect...and hope from this well-loved writer When a mysterious fire kills her adoptive parents, Madeleine's worst fear comes true - she and her beloved brother Oliver are separated. Worse still, Maddie is blamed for starting the fire and, labelled a difficult child, she is sent to a children's home. Far from idyllic, and buried deep in the countryside, the home well conceals the misery of its young occupants. Subjected to a harsh regime of abuse and degradation, Maddie makes a brave attempt to escape. But her brief weeks of freedom are thwarted when she is caught and taken back to River House. Maddie clings to her determination to one day be reunited with Oli, and it is this which gives her the strength to endure what lies ahead. For she knows she can rely only on herself - there is no one else to keep her safe...

A Rose Among Thorns

A Rose Among Thorns

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2010

From the well-loved author comes an epic historical saga - a captivating tale of the power of love, friendship...and betrayal. Despite losing her mother at a young age, Sassy has grown up surrounded by love: although poor, she is happy. So Sassy is devastated when her father marries wealthy widow Elizabeth Bonner. Social climber Elizabeth despairs of a step-daughter who is more at ease with servants than those above stairs, and is jealous of Sassy's growing beauty which threatens to outshine her own daughter. Unwelcome and out of place in this unfamiliar world, Sassy often escapes to her old home on Tuttle Hill and the company of her childhood friends, brothers Thomas and Jack Mallabone. But the trio's bond is threatened by the consequences of her blind adoration for wayward Thomas, much to the dismay of Jack, who has long worshipped Sassy in secret...

The Boy from Nowhere

The Boy from Nowhere

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2009

In care at four. A runaway at six. On the streets at fifteen. For some kids, there's no hope. Rosie Goodwin writes an unforgettable saga in The Boy From Nowhere, a tale of a young boy's desperate search for a place to call home. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Hutchinson and Cathy Sharp. 'A touching and powerful new novel from a wonderful writer' - Bookseller Alex never stood a chance. After one 'accident' too many, he's taken into care aged four. Although his mother promises to get him back, he's adopted by a childless couple and renamed Franky. It should be a fresh start, but his new dad has a twisted idea of fatherhood. Abused and alone, Franky escapes - but his freedom is short-lived, and after a series of foster homes no one can get through to him. He says he's 'the boy from nowhere', but deep down he's still waiting for his mum to take him home. Franky slips into a dangerous world on the streets of London, earning a living the only way he can. One day he might find a way out, but can he ever trust again? What readers are saying about The Boy From Nowhere: 'You read the whole book waiting for a happy ending... When I finished the book I cried and cried and it has remained in my thoughts ever since. What an amazing author Rosie Goodwin is to be able to do that. I find myself really caring about what happens to the people she writes about' 'What a great read this was! With Rosie Goodwin you never know what to expect, apart from the fact that it will be a fantastic read! This is a very sad story with quite a twist... You won't be able to put this down once you start reading it!' 'One of the best books I have ever read. So far everyone of Rosie Goodwin's books have been brilliant reads, but this one surpassed them all'

Yesterday's Shadows

Yesterday's Shadows

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

A powerful and moving new saga from this popular author Kate Cleary feels no sorrow when her brutal father dies. At last she will be free from him, even though she and Nuala, the sister who depends on her for everything, must now leave his miners cottage. Then Kate discovers they have an aunt in the Midlands whom their father had kept secret, and who now offers them a home. Despite leaving her heart in Durham with Matthew, a young artist, Kate feels loved and safe with Aunt Beth. But her peace is shattered by an astonishing revelation from Nuala, and a series of brutal attacks on the women of Nuneaton. Kate turns to a handsome widower, Martin Denby, but is his kindness too good to be true?

Crying Shame

Crying Shame

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2008

Claire Nightingale is haunted by the memory of childhood abuse and the painful choices she was forced to make. Longing to find peace, she knows she must first confront her demons. Moving to Solihull with her adopted daughter Nikki, she tries to make amends with the family she left behind. But Claire is not the only one hurting: Nikki is scarred by her own abusive past, and their relationship, once loving, becomes fraught with tension and resentment. Struggling to come to terms with their pain, it is not long before ghosts from the past bring a new threat that jeopardises the possibility of any future happiness... A heartbreaking tale of abuse, courage and, above all, the redemptive power of love.

The Sand Dancer

The Sand Dancer

Author: Rosie Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Rosie Goodwin's engaging addition to Catherine Cookson's series. Despite her success as a writer, Maisie's life has never been easy. But with the help of Hamilton, the imaginary horse she conjures up to escape harsh reality, her humour and courage pull her through. Now married to Tommy, Maisie's hopes of happiness are shattered when he becomes jealous and controlling - threatening even her relationship with her beloved adopted son, Harold. After a tragic accident, Maisie reluctantly agrees to move back to her home town of Fellburn, Tyneside, for a fresh start. But her husband's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and one of his new employees, a strange man nicknamed the Sand Dancer, strikes fear into her heart every time she meets him. Maisie begins to avoid his place of work, little realises that Tommy is concealing something so terrible it could destroy everything she holds dear...