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Iris Gower - Author

About the Author

Iris Gower was born in Swansea, where she still lives. The mother of four grown-up children, she has written over twenty bestselling novels. She received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Swansea in 1999 and has been awarded an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cardiff.

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Act Of Love

Act Of Love

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2017

When Ella Burton takes a job as a lowly cleaner at the glamorous Palace theatre in Swansea, she is surprised by how quickly she takes to the job - it's as if she was born for a life in the theatre. Unlike Kathleen, who wants her name in lights, it's backstage that Ella's heart lies, running the show under the watchful eye of Anthony. It's not long before she realises that she has fallen in love, and Ella begins to dream about a future that's far from everything she has ever known... But a tragic accident threatens to ruin everything she has worked for, and it seems clear that Ella will have no choice but to accept the man that her father chose for her - even if it breaks her heart. Will Ella be forced to put her family before her own happiness - in the ultimate act of love? Iris Gower, Wales' favourite bestselling storyteller, begins a powerful and warm-hearted series set around Swansea's beautiful theatre.

The Loves Of Catrin

The Loves Of Catrin

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2016

The Loves of Catrin tells the story of Catrin Owen whose life began in the grim world of a Welsh copper town in the nineteenth century. Born and bred in the poverty-striken streets that sprawled round the smelting works, Catrin dreams of escaping from the smoke and grime and hardship that engulf her life. But Catrin's future will be with the man she marries - and she inspires the love of two men - Dylan Morgan from her own background - and John Richards, a well-bred gentleman.

The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2013

Gwenllyn Lyons has been raised by her grandmother, in an elegant cottage set in the hills above the Wye Valley. One afternoon, as she and her grandmother return from town, they come across a man lying injured and unconscious by the river bank. They take him home and nurse him until he recovers but nothing seems to help him regain his lost memories - he has no idea who he is, or where he has come from. Over the long hot summer they spend together, Gwenllyn realises that she can't imagine what it would be like without this handsome young man in her life. As her love for the mysterious stranger grows, she cannot help rejoicing when she realises he feels the same way about her. Gwenllyn's only fear is that some day his past may come to haunt them - a different life, where another woman might be waiting for him. Will she ever have the happiness of being a bride, or will she always be the other woman?

Sweet Rosie

Sweet Rosie

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Rosie, sixteen, beautiful and vivacious, is in love with Watt Bevan, the manager of the famous Mainwaring Pottery. Content to adore him from afar, when he comes to her seventeenth birthday party she realizes that he is the only man she will ever love. But Watt, unaware of her feelings, is becoming increasingly drawn into the problems facing pottery owner Llinos Mainwaring, whose romantic marriage to Joe, the American Indian who stole her heart all those years ago, now seems in trouble. Before long, Rosie discovers that she is changed for ever from the innocent girl she once was, as she becomes involved with a man whose love she is destined never to have. A story of human love and conflict that spans two continents.

Paradise Park

Paradise Park

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2011

Rhiannon, proud and spirited, is alone in the world after Bull Beynon, her one-time lover, marries someone else. She gains a respectable post as housekeeper to an elderly man, but when he dies his waspish sister throws her out onto the streets where she faces destitution. At the entrance to the notorious Paradise Park Hotel she encounters Sal, a young street girl whom she tries to rescue. Her attempt ends in failure and Sal returns to her old life on the streets, leaving Rhiannon is even more determined to become respectable. She obtains a job as maid to unhappy Janey Buchan, who takes a liking to Rhiannon and teaches her ladylike ways. Her rascally husband Dafydd, once the lover of Llinos Mainwaring, causes Janey great unhappiness, and eventually she runs away, leaving Rhiannon once more without a job or a home. In desperation, knowing that little stands between her and a return to her old life, she finds herself back at the Paradise Park Hotel. Once scarcely more than a bawdy house, it has now changed hands and Rhiannon starts working there, helping gradually to transform it from a place of ill-repute into one of the finest hotels in Swansea. The only thing lacking in her life is love, and with Bull Beynon married to sweet, gentle Katie, she fears that she may have to live out her life alone . . .

Halfpenny Field

Halfpenny Field

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2011

Jessie Price is young and beautiful, and has travelled the drovers' roads from South Wales to London's Smithfield Market. She is anxious to escape from her wicked boss, Jed Lambert, and becomes a milkmaid in London. Her ambition to own her own dairy grows, and she is helped by young Albie, who has fallen in love with her. Meanwhile, Non Jones is desperately unhappy. She knows that her husband Caradoc loves her despite the hostility of his family. Non is miserable when Caradoc leaves her and their son to go to London on the drove, and when she receives news of a terrible accident, her world falls apart. Jessie is fighting to make her business a success, but is devastated when Albie is arrested and sent to Newgate prison. She knows that he is innocent, and will rely on Non to speak for him in court. But Non has many worries of her own, and hasn't given up hope that she will be reunited with Caradoc, whatever it takes...

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2011

The wedding of Llinos Savage, the young saviour of the Savage Pottery, and the fascinating Joe Mainwaring , sets the small sea front town of Swansea ablaze with gossip. Joe , born of an unlikely alliance between a native American squaw and a wealthy British businessman, is always perceived by the Swansea elite as a foreigner and an outsider. When Llinos's father dies after a long illness, she is devastated, but her grief turns to fear when Joe is accused of his father-in-law's murder by the local doctor and is incarcerated inside the walls of the castle along with thieves and debtors. There among the filth and dirt, Joe makes friends with an old Jewish man, and this brief friendship, formed in the most ill-fated circumstances, proves to be the catalyst to a series of events which unexpectedly threaten to destroy the marriage and the very lives of Joe and Llinos. Iris Gower has created a wonderful background of the romantic china clay industry of South Wales for her dramatic novel sequence.

Sea Mistress

Sea Mistress

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2010

Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin, this is the powerful fifth instalment of the Cordwainers series from bestselling author Iris Gower. READERS ARE LOVING THE CORDWAINERS! I have really enjoyed reading this whole series...I would recommend the reading of any of the books by this author. - 5 STARS Loved these books [-] definitely recommend this series: once you start you will want to read them all - 5 STARS You finish one book and you just have to start the next one. - 5 STARS The best book I've read in a long time... -Reader review A great read - hard to put down - 5 STARS ********************************* WHEN HER WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, CAN SHE TAKE BACK CONTROL? Bridie leads what some might call 'a charmed life': a wealthy background, a convent education, and a father who eventually willed her a fleet of merchant sailing ships. When she marries Paul Marchant it seems a perfect match - for Paul, owner of a much smaller fleet of ships, could take care both of Bridie and of her business interests. But slowly Bridie begins to have her doubts about Paul, about his love, and about his business dealings. When his actions become too much to bear, Bridie decides she must fight back. With the help of Ellie Hopkins, she seeks to trap Paul in a web of his own making... In the dramatic events that follow, both Ellie and Bridie are nearly destroyed - can they find happiness with the men they love? Sea Mistress is the fifth in Iris Gower's Cordwainers series. Have you read The Shoemaker's Daughter, The Oyster Catchers, Honey's Farm and Arian, the previous titles?

The Oyster Catchers (The Cordwainers: 2)

The Oyster Catchers (The Cordwainers: 2)

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2010

Emmeline Powell had been born a country girl, in a small, whitewashed cottage on Honey's Farm. When her father died, Emmeline, bereft and lonely, married Joe Harries, a man much older than herself and one of the fishermen of Oystermouth. The wives of the oyster catchers were sturdy, stoic women, used to helping their men with the catch, and they didn't like the frail outsider who had married into their community. Nina Parks especially didn't like her - Nina was a widow who thought Joe Harries should have been hers. Emmeline - Eline - grew more isolated, more unhappy, trapped into an ill-matched marriage without friends to help her. And then she met Will Davies. Will was to open new worlds to her, worlds of personal achievement, the unfolding of a talent she never knew she possessed, and the realisation that she knew how to love. As tragedy and passionate feuding began to erupt in the oyster village, so Eline clung to her integrity, her ability to work, and her hopes for the future.

The Rowan Tree

The Rowan Tree

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2009

Manon Jenkins has had a cherished childhood in the sleepy village of Five Saints in the heart of Wales, but when her beloved father dies, she is left homeless and alone. The handsome blacksmith, Morgan Lewis, cares deeply for her, but she cannot make herself marry a man she doesn't love. She longs for Caradoc Jones, son of a famous Welsh cattle drover and, in desperation, she accepts a job as chaperon to Caradoc's spoilt sister Georgina, and joins the drovers on the road to Smithfield market in London. She plans to seek her fortune as a herbalist, preparing medicines for sale to both the rich and the poor. Life on the trail is hard, and Non struggles to be accepted by the other women on the journey, as they walk long miles over rugged terrain. One heady, star-filled night Caradoc finally becomes her lover, but she is devastated when he refuses to marry her. She is determined to survive without him in London, but when she realizes she is pregnant, she finds that it's not easy to escape the clutches of the Jones family...

Daughters Of Rebecca

Daughters Of Rebecca

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2009

Shanni Price is a spirited, lively girl, but her tragic and poverty-stricken life has given her little chance to enjoy herself. Then, at a moment of dreadful despair, she is given protection by lovely, wealthy Llinos Mainwaring, and goes to live with her at the famous pottery in Swansea. Llinos, whose marriage to handsome, exotic Joe has run into trouble, is glad to have this strong-minded girl as her companion, but when they both meet the dashing Dafydd Buchan, young Shanni begins to regard her employer as her rival in love. These are troubled times in South Wales, when the poor people are feeling the effects of repression and the Rebeccas, bold rebel leaders dressed as women, are storming the countryside. As Llinos begins to wonder whether her marriage to Joe is over, and Shanni becomes involved with the rioters, the life of the pottery is threatened as never before. In this powerful new novel Iris Gower continues the story begun in Firebird, Dream Catcher and Sweet Rosie, set amongst the romantic china clay potteries of South Wales.

Bargain Bride

Bargain Bride

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2008

Young Charlotte Mortimer loves her job teaching the poor children in the local school and she is happy with her steadfast fiance Luke. Then, one day, a terrible mining explosion rocks the town and suddenly everything Charlotte thinks she knows is thrown into doubt.The arrival of wealthy businessman Justin Weatherby complicates things further.Charlotte must marry him to save the school she loves even if it means sacrificing everything else that is dear to her.There are secrets and lies at every turn to challenge her; will she ever make it as a bargain bride?And can she ever love the austere man who has married her and saved her beloved school from certain destruction?

Act Of Love

Act Of Love

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2007

When Ella Burton takes a job as a lowly cleaner at the glamorous Palace theatre in Swansea, she is surprised by how quickly she takes to the job - it's as if she was born for a life in the theatre. Unlike Kathleen, who wants her name in lights, it's backstage that Ella's heart lies, running the show under the watchful eye of Anthony. It's not long before she realises that she has fallen in love, and Ella begins to dream about a future that's far from everything she has ever known... But a tragic accident threatens to ruin everything she has worked for, and it seems clear that Ella will have no choice but to accept the man that her father chose for her - even if it breaks her heart. Will Ella be forced to put her family before her own happiness - in the ultimate act of love? Iris Gower, Wales' favourite bestselling storyteller, begins a powerful and warm-hearted series set around Swansea's beautiful theatre.

Copper Kingdom

Copper Kingdom

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1999

COPPER KINGDOM is set at the turn of the century in the South Wales town of Sweyn's Eye - the old name for Swansea, where Iris Gower has lived all her life. The story centres around two families and one woman. The families clash through years of class welfare, drama, heartache and love affairs, for in every way they stand opposed. The Richardsons are copper barons - lords of the Sweyn's Eye copper smelting industry, rich, powerful, facing only reluctantly the possibility that their wealth may be in jeopardy as the demand for copper wanes. The Llewelyns are a poor family, facing every day the prospect of unemployment and all its attendant miseries - too poor to afford more than a pauper's funeral when Mrs Llewelyn dies, too proud to allow the neighbours to know. Linking these two very different families is one fiery and determined woman - Mali Llewelyn. On her shoulders rest the burden of the family fortunes. When she is offered a job in the local laundry she takes it - determined to fight her way to prosperity as a businesswoman, while in secret she battles with her hopeless love for Sterling Richardson, heir to the copper kingdom of Sweyn's Eye.

Firebird

Firebird

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1998

Llinos Savage found herself in charge of the family pottery while still a young girl. As she attempted to keep the business afloat, there were many problems to overcome including her mother's untimely death and the plotting of Philip Morton Edwards, the powerful and rich owner of the rival pottery in Swansea. Her father's return, badly wounded, from fighting Napoleon in France should have been a joyous reunion, but instead his presence only added to her difficulties. Her world was further complicated by the two young men in her life: Eynon Morton Edwards, Philip's son, a gentle and sympathetic figure whom became her best friend but who was despised by his father; and Joe, an exotic outsider, born of an unlikely union between a cultured English businessman and a Native American squaw. How Llinos grew up and and coped with running the pottery, while suffering from the hatred of the Morton Edwards family and her efforts to suppress her own feelings for the man who seemed her most unlikely suitor, unfolds into a compelling story of tragedy, riches, poverty and love.

The Shoemaker's Daughter (The Cordwainers: 1)

The Shoemaker's Daughter (The Cordwainers: 1)

Author: Iris Gower Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1992

Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin, this is the powerful beginning of The Cordwainers, a series from bestselling author Iris Gower. READERS ARE LOVING THE CORDWAINERS! I loved this book from start to finish... - 5 STARS. Seriously recommend... - 5 STARS. I have really enjoyed reading this whole series...I would recommend the reading of any of the books by this author. - 5 STARS Loved these books [-] definitely recommend this series: once you start you will want to read them all - 5 STARS You finish one book and you just have to start the next one. - 5 STARS A perfectly marvellous book! - 5 STARS ******************************************************** WILL SHE LET MATTERS OF THE HEART CLOUD HER JUDGEMENT? When her father dies, Hari Morgan has no choice to but make a life for herself and her ailing mother and carry on the family shoemaking business. Her talent leads her to an unlikely friendship with Emily Grenfell, the daughter of one of the richest men in Swansea. But friendship is fickle. As their respective fortunes change and they both fall in love with Craig Grenfell, Emily's cousin, Hari must decide whether to follow her heart or her head... The Shoemaker's Daughter is the first in Iris Gower's The Cordwainers series. The story continues in The Oyster Catchers.

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