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Annie Groves is the psuedonym under which author Penny Jordan wrote a series of novels. She lived in the North-West and had done so all of her life. She has drawn upon her own family's history, picked up from listening to her grandmother's stories when she was a child. Her grandmother's great pride in her hometown - Preston - inspired Annie when naming her heroine in My Sweet Valentine, who is also a butcher's daughter, just like Annie's grandmother was.
Penny Jordan died 31 December 2011.
Author photo © Jerry Bauer
Rita Kennedy has finally seen through her good-for-nothing husband, Charlie. Now he's gone AWOL with his fancy woman and left her at the mercy of the local gossips. Her future is full of uncertainty and the only thing that keeps her going is knowing that her children are safe from the Luftwaffe - and the letters that she receives from Jack Callaghan, her childhood sweetheart - but a life together can is just a distant fantasy. Meanwhile, Kitty Callaghan has joined the WRENS and it's opened up a whole new world. But despite finding romance with a handsome doctor, she still can't forget Frank Feeny, the brave officer from Empire Street who still inhabits her dreams.
A brand new series from the bestselling author of A Christmas Promise. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn. For the ordinary people of Empire Street, life will never be the same again. Kitty Fisher has plenty on her plate to keep her busy. Since her mother died when she was just a child, she's cooked, cleaned and scraped to make ends meet for her drunken father and her headstrong brothers. Rita Kennedy, living with her husband under the roof of his spiteful mother-in-law, is desperate for their own home. Perhaps that will help them get their marriage back on the rails again? For the two women and others like them on Liverpool's dockside and across the whole country, the threatening clouds of war will bring heartache and tragedy. It will take courage and the bonds of family and friends to help them see this through.
An emotional and heart-warming portrayal of the lives of four women living in wartime London. For the girls living at No. 13 Article Row, life has never been tougher. Tilly is left heartbroken after the love of her life, Drew, returns to his hometown of Chicago to visit his family and decides to stay there. After he ends their relationship via a letter, Tilly is desperate to find out the truth behind their break-up. Agnes is shocked to discover that she has inherited a house from her estranged father who left her at the orphanage all those years ago. After not having family for so long she now has a cousin who is very keen to get to know her, but is it for the right reasons? And for Tilly's mother, Olive, her repressed feelings for the unhappily married Sergeant Dawson are finally in the open, but can either of them ever recover from the guilt? Meanwhile, Sally's life is in turmoil when George is killed in an air raid, leaving her alone and pregnant. With so much tragedy surrounding them, the four girls must support each through the hard times.
An emotional and engrossing portrayal of the lives of four women as Valentine's day approaches, in 1941 wartime London.
Annie Groves is not a household name yet, but we think she has the qualities to break through in the historical saga market. She brilliantly captures the drama of World War Two Liverpool, the Italian community there, just as Italy joins the enemy. There are characters you’ll love and characters you’ll hate but they’re all equally well drawn and very real. Forbidden love for a young girl whose family has been wiped out is well portrayed but will she triumph over adversity in the end? A great escapist read.
The first in a projected four-part series set in Liverpool during World War II. It introduces us to a plucky girl, Molly, suddenly forced to grow up. Annie Groves is a pseudonym for Penny Jordan, a highly prolific author of romances. This series, based on her grandmother’s stories of the war, is a broader canvas for her and a lovely read. She’s great.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Helen Forrester, Katie Flynn.
Exceptionally good within this area, well written and beautifully developed characters. It’s Liverpool in the 20s and then London and follows the plight of the orphan with the beautiful voice that Ellie Pride took in, Ellie being the subject of her previous book which you must also get. Comparison: Lyn Andrews, Audrey Howard, Katie Flynn. Similar this month: Charlotte Bingham, Elizabeth Chadwick.