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Maggie Ford was born in the East End of London but at the age of six she moved to Essex, where she has lived ever since. After the death of her first husband, when she was only twenty-six, she went to work as a legal secretary until she remarried in 1968. She has a son and two daughters, all married; her second husband died in 1984. She has been writing short stories since the early 1970s.
Will Pam's secret tear her family apart? After the market crash of 1929, the Bowmaker family in Leigh-on-Sea are struggling to make ends meet. In these harsh times they must support each other or they risk their tight-knit family falling apart. But Pamela Bowmaker has a secret. Her sweetheart is George Bryant, whose family has been feuding with the Bowmakers' since before she was born. With a baby on the way, Pam will need her family's help more than ever. Can their love heal old wounds for the sake of their baby, or are some grudges too deep to mend? A warm-hearted and gripping saga, from the author of The Factory Girl and A Girl in Wartime
Eveline's father believes a woman's place is in the home . . . But when she is accidentally caught up in a suffragette, it changes her life forever. She finds friendships, and even the possibility of love in the form of the gentlemanly Laurence Jones-Fairbrook. But will she be forced to choose between her family and friends, between duty and love?
Will she ever be her soldier's sweetheart? Jenny has been in love with the handsome and successful Matthew Ward since she was sixteen. Only she was too shy to make her feelings known. When Matthew joins the army Jenny is also determined to do her bit for the war effort and becomes a nurse. Her newfound skills give her fresh confidence. However, when they meet again will he be the same man she once loved? (note: previously published as For All the Bright Promise).
Can she escape the hardships of her past? Growing up in London's tough East End, young Sara Porter has had to learn to take care of herself. Her mother resents her maternal responsibilities and has never shown her daughter the slightest bit of love. Starved of affection, Sara vows not to let anyone get close and focuses instead on getting out of the East End. But still she hopes that one day she'll find a real family to call her own. (Note: previously published as The Angry Heart by Elizabeth Lord).