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Margaret Mayhew - Author

About the Author

Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire. Her novels, Bluebirds, The Crew, The Little Ship, Our Yanks, The Pathfinder and Those In Peril are all published by Corgi Books.

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I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2021

An enthralling novel of love and secrets from the Second World War, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Fiona Valpy. READERS ARE LOVING I'LL BE SEEING YOU! I consider Margaret Mayhew to be an exceptional author and this is one of her best offerings! - 5 STARS Exceptional story kept me enthralled until the end. I loved the way this book was written. - 5 STARS This is the first book I have read by Margaret Meyhew. It won't be the last. - 5 STARS Absolutely loved this story, so much so I just stayed up all night reading it , desperate to see how it unfolded, yet hating seeing it come to an end. So well written and researched. - 5 STARS ********************************* WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVED TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE? 1992: When Juliet Porter's mother dies, she leaves her some old letters and a photograph which shatter everything Juliet thought she knew about her upbringing. Discovering her real father was an American bomber pilot who met her mother while serving in England during the Second World War, she sets out to trace him... 1944: Daisy, Juliet's mother, is in the WAAF and plans to marry the American bomber pilot she has fallen deeply in love with once his tour is over. But one day he is shot down over France and posted missing, presumed dead. Pregnant and grieving, she marries Vernon - a long term admirer - only to discover at the end of the war that her pilot has survived...

The Lifeline

The Lifeline

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Looking at Life Drawing

Looking at Life Drawing

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

Those In Peril

Those In Peril

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

A powerful and emotional saga set in World War Two, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn, Fiona Valpy and Kristin Hannah. READERS ARE LOVING THOSE IN PERIL! A feel good, love story that maybe we all experience in our lifetime. - 5 STARS As always...well written in an easy style and I found it hard to put down. The housework had to wait until I had finished it! It is a must for all Mayhew fans. - 5 STARS loved this book, from beginning to end. I want to read all the books written by Margaret Mayhew now... - 5 STARS ******************************************** TWO RESISTANCE FIGHTERS CAUGHT IN A BLOODY, SECRET WAR...AND AN INTENSE LOVE TRIANGLE. June 1940. France has fallen to the Nazis and painter Louis Duval flees his homeland to join the Resistance. He is soon caught up in the movement and finds himself in dangerous circumstances alongside Lieutenant - Commander Alan Powell, unfit for active service and overseeing operations. But that is not the only battle they will fight. For Alan can't help but find himself drawn to Barbara Hillyard, a young widow and Duval's landlady - but she only has eyes for the dashing Frenchman...

The Lifeline

The Lifeline

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

The Other Side Of Paradise

The Other Side Of Paradise

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2018

Fans of Katie Flynn, Rosamunde Pilcher and Dinah Jeffries will love this emotional and sweeping wartime romance set in Singapore from bestselling author Margaret Mayhew. READERS ARE LOVING THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE! Moving tale of bravery and human endurance...the sounds and smells and life of Singapore come alive in this well-told story - 5 STARS This is an amazing read - 5 STARS Left me craving more, loving the characters, totally absorbed in the detailed descriptions and finding myself recommending her novels over a coffee with friends - 5 STARS Great read! - 5 STARS Really loved this book - 5 STARS ********************************************** SHE ONLY LIVED FOR PLEASURE... ...until war forced her to find courage she did not know she had, and love where she least expected it. 1941: Britain is in the grip of war; life in the Far East is one of wealth and privilege. In Singapore Susan Roper enjoys dancing, clothes and fast cars, tennis and light flirtations with visiting naval officers - her life is devoted solely to pleasure and dismisses any warnings of danger. Singapore goes on partying, oblivious to the threat of invasion and believing the British flag will, protect them from all enemies. But when Japan invades, Susan finds herself in grave danger. She becomes an ambulance driver and is taken prisoner by the Japanese. Gradually and reluctantly she realises that she will have to face many hardships and witness terrible events, forcing her to acknowledge the truth...But will this new world lead her to a love where she least expects it?

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

From bestselling author Margaret Mayhew, a gripping wartime page-turner, full of the tension, emotion and adventure of World War II. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn, Donna Douglas and Rosie Clarke. READERS ARE LOVING BLUEBIRDS! Beautifully written and...so well researched - 5 STARS Writes exceptionally well and, in particular,catches the mood of the time - 5 STARS If you like ww2 stories that are a good authentic read, her books are the best I've read and I've read quite a lot. - 5 STARS From the very start this book grabbed me - 5 STARS Well written story, fabulous mix of characters, really could not put this book down - 5 STARS ******************************************************* BRAVE AIRWOMEN UNITE IN THE FACE OF WORLD WAR II 1939: Officer Felicity Newman and a ragtag group of young women arrive at RAF Colston. They are the first of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force: brave female pilots ready to do their bit. But Station Commander, David Palmer, doesn't want them. They're a nuisance, unable to do the work of men, and they would undoubtedly fall apart if the station was bombed. Felicity is determined to prove the worth of her 'Bluebirds'. There's Anne, who loves to dance but finds herself peeling vegetables in the station kitchens. Winnie, who longs to work on the aeroplanes themselves but meets rejection at every turn. And Virginia, who is desperate to build a new life for herself. As the war goes on, so the girls make their mark - behaving heroically under fire, supporting the pilots with their strength, loyalty, and often their love - a love sometimes tragic, sometimes passionate, but always courageous....

The Pathfinder

The Pathfinder

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn, Fiona Valpy and Kristin Hannah, a powerful and moving saga set in the aftermath of World War II from bestselling author Margaret Mayhew. READERS ARE LOVING THE PATHFINDER! An exciting book to read. It was very gripping, emotional, happy and sad. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters were strong, interesting and the story kept me wanting to know what happened... - 5 STARS I could not put this book down... - 5 STARS Wonderful stuff... - 5 STARS I loved every page... - 5 STARS This is a brilliant story...I was sorry when it ended... - 5 STARS ******************************************** A CITY DIVIDED BY WAR. TWO LOVERS ON OPPOSING SIDES. CAN THEIR LOVE SURVIVE? Berlin 1948. The defeated city lies in ruins. Divided by the Allies and set deep behind Russian lines, it is a city of want, wretchedness and sleaze. Lili Leicht is now fighting for survival under Russian rule and dependent on aid from the British - the nation that killed her mother. Yet when she meets Squadron Leader Michael Harrison - now himself having to bring food and fuel to the surviving Berliners - a people he bombed and who he connects with the murder of his sister and her children - a spark ignites... Can their love surmount the prejudices and hatred born of war?

Pathfinder

Pathfinder

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2011

BERLIN 1948: - A vanquished city of rubble - sliced into sections by the Allies, and set well back behind the Russian lines. A city of old women, black marketeers and sleazy cabarets in ruined cellars.In the British sector was Squadron Leader Michael Harrison, a war hero who had helped to bomb Berlin into fragments. He hated the Nazis who had killed his sister and her children. But here he was, doing his best to ensure that food and fuel was somehow brought in to save the surviving Berliners.In the Russian sector was young Lili Leicht, German, middle-class daughter of a university professor and now living in the ruins of her former home, trying to prevent her grandfather and two younger brothers from dying of malnutrition. Her mother had been killed by British bombers.As the tensions in the smouldering city grew worse, so Michael and Lili slowly fell in love. It was a love that surmounted all the prejudices and hatreds of war and offered a hope of understanding for the future.

I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2011

When Juliet Porter's mother dies, she leaves Juliet some old letters and a photograph which shatter all her previously-held beliefs. They show that her real father was an American bomber pilot in the second world war, some forty years before, and that he had met her mother while serving in England. Armed only with this photo, Juliet sets out to trace her real father, and eventually finds the airfield where he served. In 1943, Juliet's mother Daisy is in the WAAF and stationed at the airfield which is taken over by the American airmen at a moment's notice. She falls in love with a bomber pilot who is then posted missing, presumed dead; pregnant and grieving, she marries a long-term admirer only to discover, at the end of the war, that her pilot had survived...

Those In Peril

Those In Peril

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2010

In 1940, as the shadows are lengthening over Europe, painter Louis Duval decides to leave his studio in Brittany and, in his small motor boat, make the short but perilous journey to England. His aim is not to flee from the enemy, but to join the Resistance to fight for his beloved France. He arrives in Dartmouth and finds his way to the boarding house run by the delightful young widow Barbara Hillyard, who is trying to make a living for herself and her young evacuee Esme. Lieutenant-Commander Alan Powell, unfit for active service after being wounded in action, is overseeing undercover operations in that part of the West Country, and he and Duval find themselves in dangerous circumstances. Alan, lonely and frustrated in his work, is drawn towards the lovely Mrs Hillyard, but she seems to have eyes only for the attractive Frenchman...

The Boat Girls

The Boat Girls

Author: Margaret Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2009

It is 1943, and three very different girls are longing to do their bit for the war effort. Frances - her life of seeming privilege has been a lonely one. Brave and strong, stifled by her traditional upbringing, she falls for a most unsuitable man. Prudence - timid and conventional, her horizons have never strayed beyond her job as a bank clerk in Croydon until the war brings her new experiences. Rosalind - a beautiful, flame-haired actress who catches the eye of Frances' stuffy elder brother, the heir to an ancestral mansion. The three become friends when they join the band of women working the canal boats, delivering goods and doing a man's job while the men are away fighting. A tough, unglamorous task - but one which brings them all unexpected rewards.

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