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June Francis - Author

About the Author

June Francis was brought up in the port of Liverpool, UK, and so although she started her novel writing career by writing medieval romances, it seemed natural to also write family sagas set in her home city due to its fascinating historical background, especially as she has several mariners in her family tree and her mother was in service. She has written twenty sagas set on Merseyside,as well as in the beautiful city of Chester and Lancashire countryside. She has also written historical romances. She really enjoy writing two different genres because it's not only fun but she learns so much from the research. To date one of her most pleasurable moments to do with her writing career is that an excerpt from her saga, 'Look For The Silver Lining', is to be used in a display in Liverpool's new museum down by the Albert Dock.

Featured books by June Francis

A Mother's Duty

A Mother's Duty

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Torn between her family and a last chance at love...Raising three boys and running the Arcadia Hotel almost single handed are enough to keep widow Kitty Ryan busy. She has no time for romance - unless it's in the form of a rare evening out at the local picture house in the company of Mr Fred Astair. Then along comes John Mcleod, bringing with him a second chance at happiness. However, as Hitler grows too big for his boots and 'Peace in our time' becomes an empty refrain, Kitty finds her sons unwilling to accept another man into their household. Unless she can reunite her menfolk, the future looks set to be that of a family in conflict, in a world on the eve of war...(Note: Originally published as Kitty and Her Boys.)

Other books by June Francis

Walking Back to Happiness

Walking Back to Happiness

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2018

Place to Call Home

Place to Call Home

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2018

A tale of loss and the healing power of loveAfter suffering the loss of her family, the last thing Greta Peters needs is to discover a young man has broken into her home, and is rifling through her possessions. But there is more to Alexander Armstrong than meets the eye. When it becomes clear his intentions are pure, she is determined to help him on his quest. But will the looming threat of the Second World War ruin everything... or will Greta finally find love? A Place to Call Home is a heart-warming saga that will delight fans of Katie Flynn, Maureen Lee and Rosie Goodwin.'A beautiful compelling love story' Woman's Realm

Heart Will Lead

Heart Will Lead

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2018

A captivating Liverpool saga of love and friendship, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Catherine Cookson.When Rita Taylor is foisted upon her reluctant aunt, Margaret Sinclair, neither are happy. Rita didn't even know she had an aunt, while Margaret is convinced her wayward niece will be nothing but trouble. Despite their differences the pair become unlikely allies in life and love, especially when Rita reintroduces Margaret to her long lost childhood sweetheart, William Brodie.As Liverpool slips into the Great Depression, Rita's relationship with the Brodie family flourishes and secrets from Margaret's past emerge. But will hardship and heartbreak get in the way of this blossoming friendship?Originally published as 'The Pawnbroker's Niece', The Heart Will Lead is a captivating saga perfect for fans of Pam Howes, Dilly Court and Lyn Andrews.'Real people. Real emotions. Another excellent book from one of our best saga writers.' Historical Novels Review'Liverpool's Catherine Cookson' Crosby Herald'All the atmosphere and colour that romance fans have come to expect' Liverpool Echo

War Widow

War Widow

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Will she get another chance at happiness? Flora Cooke is struggling to raise her children alone amidst the ruins of war-torn Liverpool. With her husband, Tom, away fighting in the Second World War, she has only her unreliable sister to help her and she has almost given up hope. She is completely devastated when Tom is reported missing, presumed dead. As the months pass and she struggles to come to terms with her loss, Flora is swept off her feet by a handsome American soldier. But he cannot offer the stability that Flora and her family desperately need. And when another terrible tragedy strikes the family, Flora must decide what is really important...

Memories are Made of This

Memories are Made of This

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2018

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2017

Now the war is over, is happiness within their reach?Two women are given opportunities for a positive future, but must choose between following their heads or their hearts. Patsy Doyle is glad of her new job as a live-in maid in for David Tanner and his wife, but the constant rows between the spouses make it difficult to settle. Patsy becomes an unwilling confidante - and keeper of more secrets than she'd care to know.Joy Kirk is busy planning her wedding. Since her first love was killed in the Great War, she has accepted that she'd never fall in love again. Now, having spent many years working as Robbie Bennett's housekeeper, she finally accepts his proposal of marriage. She soon realises she has let herself in for more than she bargained for.Both Joy and Patsy will face unexpected fortunes. But will they ultimately find happiness?

Look for the Silver Lining

Look for the Silver Lining

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2017

No one is spared from the heartache of warAs the Blitz destroys lives in Liverpool, three sisters are forced to make difficult choices to protect themselves and those they love. When Nellie Callaghan marries her love in secret, it causes a rift in the family. But when the bombs drop on Liverpool grievances must be put aside as the people of the city are brought to despair. Nellie's mother is killed and her sister Lottie is injured, while her other sister Babs runs away to join the WLA. It falls to Nellie to care for the family. Despite the suffering that the war brings, it is trouble on the homefront that leads to further hardship for each of the sisters. Before the war is over, each of the Callaghans will have faced heartbreak and sacrifice. But amongst the sadness they will find some joy, and never giving up hope for a brighter future.

When the Clouds Go Rolling By

When the Clouds Go Rolling By

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2017

The secrets of the past can never be forgottenAn orphaned young woman is overjoyed to find a family she never knew existed, but has to come to terms with their troubled history.Since her parents died Clara O'Toole has lived with her grandmother, Bernie. When Bernie seeks an audience with a medium in the hope of reaching her son, Clara discovers her links to the Bennett family in Chester, and clues to the whereabouts of Bernie's long-lost daughter.Meanwhile, Alice Bennett is relieved to learn that her husband, Seb, is alive. However, her joy is short lived when she discovers the extent of his injuries. The family struggle to come to terms with Seb's damaged body, and mind. As Clara spends more time with her newfound relatives, she finds hope for the future. But she has no idea that the family she is so glad to be part of are going to place her in grave danger

Tilly's Story

Tilly's Story

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2017

Can she leave her troubles behind to find true happiness?In the aftermath of the Great War, many are searching for a new life. But has Tilly missed her only chance for love?Since the end of the First World War, the residents of Victoria Crescent have been slowly rebuilding their lives. For Tilly Moran, this means living under the watchful eye of her elder sister, Alice, while waiting to come of age. Unable to bear the restrictions placed upon her, Tilly flees to Liverpool for a fresh start.As Tilly enters a new line of work she meets many interesting characters, and is charmed by Leonard Parker, a shipping entrepreneur. But when Tilly becomes involved in an investigation for a private detective agency she discovers that some of her new associates aren't what they seem. Can Tilly's dreams of love and independence come true, or will her luck run out?

Dream to Share

Dream to Share

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Her sister paid a terrible price. Can she avoid the same fate?A quest for revenge leads a young woman to a new friend, but also puts her in grave danger. Can love triumph over evil?Chester, 1907. Emma Griffiths' sister took her own life when she became pregnant out of wedlock to a man who refused to take responsibility. Now Emma is out to avenge her sister's death. Emma leaves her job as a maid, no longer willing to put up with unwanted attention from her employer. As poverty threatens to engulf her, she meets another young servant, Alice, who is struggling to escape her own unhappy past. Emma and Alice become close and it soon becomes apparent that the two girls' lives may be linked in more ways than one. Just as she finds love Emma's newfound happiness is threatened when she realises that she may not be the only one seeking revenge

Step by Step

Step by Step

Author: June Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Will their friendship survive against all odds?In the early 1900s two girls see each other through good times and bad. But can their friendship endure when an dreadful act of violence sees their families turn against one another?Hannah Kirk and Alice Moran have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the back streets of Chester, they support each other through hard times. But when Alice's mother dies in childbirth, the girls both must take on great burdens.Alice's violent father attacks Hannah's mother and the friends are separated when Alice is forced to flee with her father while Hannah cares for her bedridden mother and the rest of the family. As Hannah struggles to cope and suffers awful mistreatment at the hands of her devious older brother, she questions whether Alice is her friend - or the cause of all her troubles. Will Hannah and Alice reconcile, or are the wrongs of the past impossible to make right?

Many a Tear Has to Fall A family saga set in 1950s' Liverpool

Many a Tear Has to Fall A family saga set in 1950s' Liverpool

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2017

Mersey Girl

Mersey Girl

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

Happiness always comes at a cost... Having grown up in a convent after the death of her mother, Lizzie Knight has never known what it's like to have a real family. So when a strange woman turns up with promises of a new life in Liverpool, she is thrilled. Warm-hearted and kind, Phyl is everything she wants in a stepmother. But then Lizzie falls in love with the one man who should have been out of bounds. Should she follow her heart and risk losing it all? From the author of A Sister's Duty and Lily's War (Note: previously published as Going Home to Liverpool)

A Sister's Duty

A Sister's Duty

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2016

She will do what it takes, for the sake of the children... Rosie Kilshaw is only fifteen when her mother Violet is killed in a tragic accident, but as the oldest of her siblings, she vows to keep her family together, no matter what the sacrifice. But as distant family members begin to resurface into their lives, Rosie quickly realizes that there is a lot more to parenting than she first thought. And when her estranged aunt Amelia decides to take them in, she will have a difficult choice to make...

Lily's War

Lily's War

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Torn between duty to her family and a last chance at love... Busy bringing up her motherless brothers and sisters, romance is the last thing on Lily Thorpe's mind. But when the handsome preacher Matt Gibson asks Lily to return with him to Australia as his wife, she finds it very hard to say no. But with rumours of war on the horizon, will she have to choose between her head and her heart? A story of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of wartime Liverpool.

A Daughter's Choice

A Daughter's Choice

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Seventeen year old Katie is about to discover a devastating family secret... Katie is the apple of her mother's eye and is being groomed to take over the family business. But when Celia, her natural mother, re-enters her life, her world is turned completely upside down. Tormented by her divided loyalties, Katie is plagued by a question Celia refuses to answer - who is her real father? (Note: Originally published as Somebody Else's Girl)

A Mother's Duty

A Mother's Duty

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Torn between her family and a last chance at love...Raising three boys and running the Arcadia Hotel almost single handed are enough to keep widow Kitty Ryan busy. She has no time for romance - unless it's in the form of a rare evening out at the local picture house in the company of Mr Fred Astair. Then along comes John Mcleod, bringing with him a second chance at happiness. However, as Hitler grows too big for his boots and 'Peace in our time' becomes an empty refrain, Kitty finds her sons unwilling to accept another man into their household. Unless she can reunite her menfolk, the future looks set to be that of a family in conflict, in a world on the eve of war...(Note: Originally published as Kitty and Her Boys.)

It's Now or Never

It's Now or Never

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2014

MAIDEN in the Tudor Court His Runaway Maiden / Pirate's Daughter, Rebel Wife

MAIDEN in the Tudor Court His Runaway Maiden / Pirate's Daughter, Rebel Wife

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2014

HIS RUNAWAY MAIDEN Escaping her cruel stepmother, Rosamund Appleby heads in disguise for London...until she is halted by Baron Alex Nilsson! He seeks to protect her as they journey together. But when Alex, who trusts no woman, finds himself conveniently married to beautiful Rosamund, he doesn't know which is more treacherous: the enemies plotting his downfall or the seductive lure of the woman in his bed... PIRATE'S DAUGHTER, REBEL WIFE When Captain Henry Mariner rescues a lone and vulnerable maiden from the sea, he has good reason to feel guilty about placing her in a precarious predicament. But despite Bridget McDonald's reserve towards him, he knows there is no other option. The only way to protect her life - and her virtue - is to marry her!

The Pawnbroker's Niece

The Pawnbroker's Niece

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/2012

When Eve Taylor leaves Liverpool for a new life in Cardiff, her teenage daughter Rita has little choice but to go and live with the aunt she never knew she had. Margaret Sinclair, the local pawnbroker, grudgingly agrees to look after her wayward niece. Despite an initial battle of wills the two soon become firm friends, especially when Rita re-introduces Margaret to her long lost childhood sweetheart William Brodie. As the Great Depression hits, the Brodie family find themselves facing financial ruin - can Rita persuade her aunt to help, or will her feelings for William get in the way of a deal? As Rita's relationship with the Brodie family flourishes and secrets from Margaret's past emerge, both women must make a dramatic change of heart if they are to avoid making the same mistakes all over again ...

It Had to be You

It Had to be You

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2012

1952. Orphaned as a young child, Emma Booth was raised by her grandparents in a Lancashire village. Following her grandfather's sudden death, Emma assumes she is now without family, until she unexpectedly finds a letter written during the war which reveals that she has a half-sister. Determined to find her, Emma is drawn away from the countryside to post-war Liverpool. When trouble inevitably comes, Emma rises to the challenge, and in doing so finds love and romance, taking her life in a new direction.

Flowers on the Mersey

Flowers on the Mersey

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2011

When Adam Rhoades tires of the political climate in Ireland and decides to leave for America, his daughter Rebekah's future happiness is threatened. For Rebekah, against her father's wishes, has fallen in love with handsome young Republican, Daniel O'Neill. Then Daniel, too, is forced to flee from his homeland and joins Rebekah on an ocean liner headed for New York. In the enclosed shipboard society their love is impossible to hide. But a cruel twist of fate leaves Rebekah orphaned and living in Liverpool, without the man she loves. Isolated and vulnerable, she reluctantly marries her new guardian, Joshua Green. It is a decision Rebekah will bitterly regret - until the day she rediscovers the happiness she thought had been lost to her forever.

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Liverpool 1926. Patsy Doyle is settling into her role as live-in maid in the Tanner household, but her new job is not going smoothly. Caught between the warring Tanner spouses, Patsy becomes an unwilling confidante and a keeper of more secrets than she'd care to acknowledge. Joy Kirk is busy planning her wedding. When her first love was killed in the war, she vowed she'd never fall in love again. Now a little older and wiser, Joy realises that there could be some benefits to being a wife and, having spent many years working as Robbie Bennett's cook and housekeeper, she finally accepts his proposal of marriage. But is she letting herself in for more than she bargained for?

Tilly's Story

Tilly's Story

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2009

After an argument with her elder sister, Tilly Moran decides it is time to fly the nest and moves across the Mersey to Liverpool. As the ferry slips through the murky water, Tilly prays that her strike for independence will not land her in trouble. Having found lodgings and a part-time job, Tilly begins to settle in to her new life. But working undercover for a detective agency brings Tilly into contact with the seedier side of the city and she uncovers rather more than she bargained for. And it is only when her life is put in danger that she discovers where her heart truly lies. A heartfelt tale of a young woman's search for independence and love in the shadow of the Great War, and the friendship that supports her through her time of trouble.

When the Clouds Go Rolling by

When the Clouds Go Rolling by

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2008

When Clara O'Toole and her grandmother, Bernie, attend a meeting held by a medium, they hope to be able to get in touch with Clara's father, who was killed at the Front. Whilst they remain doubtful about the existence of a spirit world, the experience does inspire Bernie to trace her one surviving child - Gertie. Clara's search for her missing aunt brings her into contact with a whole new extended family. She is over the moon to find she has a cousin, but is she ready to be drawn into the tragedies and secrets of family's past?

Look for the Silver Lining

Look for the Silver Lining

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/2007

When Nellie marries a man who does not meet with her mother's approval she is cut off from her family. With her soldier husband Teddy away, a pregnant Nellie is forced to face alone the horrors of the blitz. Only when a bomb destroys the family home is she reunited with her younger sisters. With the three of them homeless, though, Nellie is forced to contact their grandfather. He takes them in but at what cost to Nellie's unborn child?Although fearful for Teddy, the church is the last place Nellie would turn to but when her priestly brother turns to her for help in tending an unconscious man, who apparently has sought the sanctuary of St Joseph's, she complies with his request. When the man disappears as mysteriously as he came, Nellie thinks little more of him. Instead she seeks solace for her grief by working in the day nursery. The end of the war and the return of her sailor father brings unexpected challenges for Nellie, as does the reappearance of the man she never thought to see again.

When the Clouds Go Rolling by

When the Clouds Go Rolling by

Author: June Francis Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2007

When Clara O'Toole and her grandmother, Bernie, attend a meeting held by a medium, they hope to be able to get in touch with Clara's father, who was killed at the Front. Whilst they remain doubtful about the existence of a spirit world, the experience does inspire Bernie to trace her one surviving child - Gertie. Clara's search for her missing aunt brings her into contact with a whole new extended family. She is over the moon to find she has a cousin, but is she ready to be drawn into the tragedies and secrets of family's past?

Step by Step

Step by Step

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2007

Hannah Kirk and Alice Moran have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the backstreets of historic Chester at the beginning of the 1900s, they are used to supporting each other when family life gets tough...Tom apart through circumstance, will the two girls ever be free of the weight of the past, or will the years of guilt and pain that now separate their lives become too much of an obstacle to overcome?

A Dream to Share

A Dream to Share

Author: June Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2006

The Edwardian era is coming to an end and in Chester a young maid, Emma, strives to keep her family from poverty. Driven by a desire to avenge the death of her sister, who had committed suicide after falling pregnant and being abandoned by the father, Emma attempts to trace the man responsible. A chance meeting with another young and struggling servant, Alice, introduces Emma to the affluent Waters household and the spirited suffragette, Victoria. As Emma learns of Alice's violent ex-fiance Bert, it becomes apparent the two girls' lives may be linked in more ways than one. And just as Emma begins to find a love of her own, she is drawn into danger as she realises that she may not be the only one seeking revenge.

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