Catrin Collier - Author

About the Author

Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She worked for a while in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family.

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Swansea Girls

Swansea Girls

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

The first in a gloriously nostalgic trilogy set during the changing times of the 1950s. It's Saturday night and Swansea's Pier Ballroom is the place to be. Meet Lily, an evacuee unclaimed by her family at the end of the war; Judy, taught independence by her war widow mother; Katie, the product of a violent marriage; and the spoiled, wilful Helen. For these girls, it's an evening that fuels jealousies and sows the seeds for friendships, confidences and romance...

Princes and Peasants

Princes and Peasants

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2016

The second volume in Catrin Collier's epic The Tsar's Dragons series, set in the late nineteenth-century Russian Empire. Welsh industrialist John Hughes has built an ironworks on the Russian Steppe - and a city bearing his name has grown up around it. For people like Hughes' right-hand man, Glyn Edwards, who has found love in a new country, and Anna Parry, a Welsh orphan who has found fulfilment working in Hughesovka's hospital, the city is a chance to build a new life - but fresh arrivals from their hometown have come to cause trouble and threaten the peace and stability of that new existence. Meanwhile, for ambitious Russians like Alexei Beletsky, the city offers a chance to change their homeland for the better - but Alexei still has to deal with the prejudices of the locals as he marries a Jewish girl, Ruth, and the new couple make enemies both Russian and Jewish.

Scorpion Sunset

Scorpion Sunset

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2015

The third novel in the Long Road to Baghdad series, a vivid, moving, historically accurate account of a conflict between Eastern and Western Empires. 1916, Mesopotamia. The Turks order prisoners from the siege of Kut to march the hundreds of miles to Baghdad. The men are weak from starvation after the five-month siege, with many suffering from dysentery and diseases. They have no medical supplies - and then the hot weather begins... Hundreds of men die on the march, the stragglers killed by Arab tribesmen; those too ill to move are left behind to die. Soon, though, the tide of war turns, and eventually the British march victorious into Baghdad. Having taken control of Mesopotamia, the British find they do not have the resources to govern it. What will be the country's fate? Meanwhile, the POWs who survived imprisonment re-enter an uncertain world - among them John Mason, his health ruined and future unsure. His old friend Charles Reid is more optimistic as love blossoms. But nothing is clear-cut anymore ...Harry Downe remains with his Bedouin wife's tribe: how much of his past does he truly remember? His journalist brother Michael seeks answers amidst the ruins of war as, for their friends and comrades, the struggle to survive goes on despite the conflict's end.

Scorpion Sunset

Scorpion Sunset

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

The third novel in the Long Road to Baghdad series, a vivid, moving, historically accurate account of a conflict between Eastern and Western Empires. 1916, Mesopotamia. The Turks order prisoners from the siege of Kut to march the hundreds of miles to Baghdad. The men are weak from starvation after the five-month siege, with many suffering from dysentery and diseases. They have no medical supplies - and then the hot weather begins... Hundreds of men die on the march, the stragglers killed by Arab tribesmen; those too ill to move are left behind to die. Soon, though, the tide of war turns, and eventually the British march victorious into Baghdad. Having taken control of Mesopotamia, the British find they do not have the resources to govern it. What will be the country's fate? Meanwhile, the POWs who survived imprisonment re-enter an uncertain world - among them John Mason, his health ruined and future unsure. His old friend Charles Reid is more optimistic as love blossoms. But nothing is clear-cut anymore ...Harry Downe remains with his Bedouin wife's tribe: how much of his past does he truly remember? His journalist brother Michael seeks answers amidst the ruins of war as, for their friends and comrades, the struggle to survive goes on despite the conflict's end.

Winds of Eden

Winds of Eden

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2014

December 1915. Following heavy casualties, General Townsend withdraws his exhausted troops to the town of Kut Al Amara, Iraq. His orders - to engage as many Turkish troops as possible in a siege situation. A relief force is hastily assembled, among them Charles Reid, Tom Mason, and Michael Downe, for each of whom the advance is personal. Charles returns to the country where he lost the love of his life. Tom's brother John, an army surgeon, awaits execution. Michael's brother Harry, an army intelligence officer, is missing, having never returned from his last mission. Short of everything except the sick and wounded, reduced to eating their horses, the column is repeatedly thrown against the might of the Turkish guns as they wonder if they will ever see home and their wives again. For the women in their lives, the strain reaches breaking point as they wait for news from the front. As the death toll rises, the British War Office faces the unthinkable: defeat for Townsend and his 10,000 men.

Winds of Eden

Winds of Eden

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2014

December 1915. Following heavy casualties, General Townsend withdraws his exhausted troops to the town of Kut Al Amara, Iraq. His orders - to engage as many Turkish troops as possible in a siege situation. A relief force is hastily assembled, among them Charles Reid, Tom Mason, and Michael Downe, for each of whom the advance is personal. Charles returns to the country where he lost the love of his life. Tom's brother John, an army surgeon, awaits execution. Michael's brother Harry, an army intelligence officer, is missing, having never returned from his last mission. Short of everything except the sick and wounded, reduced to eating their horses, the column is repeatedly thrown against the might of the Turkish guns as they wonder if they will ever see home and their wives again. For the women in their lives, the strain reaches breaking point as they wait for news from the front. As the death toll rises, the British War Office faces the unthinkable: defeat for Townsend and his 10,000 men.

The Tsar's Dragons

The Tsar's Dragons

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2014

The first of a trilogy based on the exploits of John Hughes, who founded a city in Russia in the 1800s In 1869, Tsar Alexander II decided to drag Russia into the industrial age. He began by inviting Welsh businessman John Hughes to build an ironworks. A charismatic visionary, Hughes persuaded influential people to invest in his venture, while concealing his greatest secret - he couldn't even write his own name. Hughes recruited adventurers prepared to sacrifice everything to ensure the success of Hughesovka (Donetsk, Ukraine). Young Welsh men and women fleeing violence in their home country, Jews who have accepted Russian anti-Semitism as their fate, and Russian aristocrats: all see a future in the Welshman's plans. In a place where murderers, whores, and illicit love affairs flourish, The Tsar's Dragons is the story of a new beginning in Hughesovka, a town of opportunity.

The Tsar's Dragons

The Tsar's Dragons

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2014

The first of a trilogy based on the exploits of John Hughes, who founded a city in Russia in the 1800s In 1869, Tsar Alexander II decided to drag Russia into the industrial age. He began by inviting Welsh businessman John Hughes to build an ironworks. A charismatic visionary, Hughes persuaded influential people to invest in his venture, while concealing his greatest secret - he couldn't even write his own name. Hughes recruited adventurers prepared to sacrifice everything to ensure the success of Hughesovka (Donetsk, Ukraine). Young Welsh men and women fleeing violence in their home country, Jews who have accepted Russian anti-Semitism as their fate, and Russian aristocrats: all see a future in the Welshman's plans. In a place where murderers, whores, and illicit love affairs flourish, The Tsar's Dragons is the story of a new beginning in Hughesovka, a town of opportunity.

Long Road to Baghdad

Long Road to Baghdad

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

An epic novel of an incendiary love that threatened to set the desert alight as war raged between the British and Ottoman Empires. Mesopotamia, 1914: in the Middle East tension is escalating between the British and the Arabs. Misfit Lieutenant Harry Downe is sent to negotiate a treaty with a renegade Bedouin Sheikh, Ibn Shalan, whose tribe is attacking enemy patrols in Iraq and cutting their oil pipelines. Greedy for arms, Shalan accepts British weapons but, in return, Harry must take his daughter Furja to be his bride. The secret marriage leads to a deep love, to the anger of Shalan and the disgust of Harry's fellow officers. But war is looming, and the horrors of the battlefield threaten to destroy Harry's newfound happiness, and change his life and that of his closest friends for ever. Long Road to Baghdad is a vivid, moving, historically accurate account of a conflict between East and Western Empires, based on the wartime exploits of war hero Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Leachman.

Long Road to Baghdad

Long Road to Baghdad

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2014

An epic novel of an incendiary love that threatened to set the desert alight as war raged between the British and Ottoman Empires. Mesopotamia, 1914: in the Middle East tension is escalating between the British and the Arabs. Misfit Lieutenant Harry Downe is sent to negotiate a treaty with a renegade Bedouin Sheikh, Ibn Shalan, whose tribe is attacking enemy patrols in Iraq and cutting their oil pipelines. Greedy for arms, Shalan accepts British weapons but, in return, Harry must take his daughter Furja to be his bride. The secret marriage leads to a deep love, to the anger of Shalan and the disgust of Harry's fellow officers. But war is looming, and the horrors of the battlefield threaten to destroy Harry's newfound happiness, and change his life and that of his closest friends for ever. Long Road to Baghdad is a vivid, moving, historically accurate account of a conflict between East and Western Empires, based on the wartime exploits of war hero Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Leachman.

Magda's Daughter

Magda's Daughter

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Magda's Daughter - Book Nine of the Hearts of Gold series by Best-Selling author Catrin Collier Stateless and destitute after the Second World War, Magda Janek settles in the Welsh town of Pontypridd, in the hope of building a new life for herself and her baby daughter, Helena. All Magda has to give Helena are the ambitions she had once cherished for herself; dreams cruelly snatched from her by the war and its terrible aftermath. But 1960s Pontypridd is a place of opportunity - at twenty-one, Magda's daughter has beauty, confidence and prospects beyond even her mother's wildest imaginings. With a university degree behind her, a coveted teaching post in her old Grammar school, and marriage to the love of her life, Dr Eddie John, the son of an old Pontypridd family to look forward to, Helena couldn't be happier. Until tragedy strikes. A tragedy that robs Helena of the only family she has ever known and everything she has ever believed in; Helena uncovers a bitter secret, so explosive that her mother carried it to the grave...

Magda's Daughter

Magda's Daughter

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Magda's Daughter - Book Nine of the Hearts of Gold series by Best-Selling author Catrin Collier Stateless and destitute after the Second World War, Magda Janek settles in the Welsh town of Pontypridd, in the hope of building a new life for herself and her baby daughter, Helena. All Magda has to give Helena are the ambitions she had once cherished for herself; dreams cruelly snatched from her by the war and its terrible aftermath. But 1960s Pontypridd is a place of opportunity - at twenty-one, Magda's daughter has beauty, confidence and prospects beyond even her mother's wildest imaginings. With a university degree behind her, a coveted teaching post in her old Grammar school, and marriage to the love of her life, Dr Eddie John, the son of an old Pontypridd family to look forward to, Helena couldn't be happier. Until tragedy strikes. A tragedy that robs Helena of the only family she has ever known and everything she has ever believed in; Helena uncovers a bitter secret, so explosive that her mother carried it to the grave...

One Last Summer

One Last Summer

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A hidden past, a dangerous love and a voice to reach across the ages. A brand new title from best-selling author Catrin Collier. Allenstein, East Prussia, 1939 - Charlotte von Datski's parents hold a glittering ball to celebrate her eighteenth birthday and announce her engagement to a Prussian count. But Hitler is about to plunge the world into war... Soon, Charlotte will be forced to leave behind her beloved homeland and flee to England carrying a secret that both strengthens and torments her. Years later, Charlotte's granddaughter, Laura, is shocked when the truth about her grandmother's past comes to light. Laura persuades Charlotte to embark on a journey to her childhood home in Eastern Europe. There, as Charlotte re-reads her diary and recalls the one great love of her life, she finally faces the demons that have haunted her for over half a century.

One Last Summer

One Last Summer

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2013

A hidden past, a dangerous love and a voice to reach across the ages. A brand new title from best-selling author Catrin Collier. Allenstein, East Prussia, 1939 - Charlotte von Datski's parents hold a glittering ball to celebrate her eighteenth birthday and announce her engagement to a Prussian count. But Hitler is about to plunge the world into war... Soon, Charlotte will be forced to leave behind her beloved homeland and flee to England carrying a secret that both strengthens and torments her. Years later, Charlotte's granddaughter, Laura, is shocked when the truth about her grandmother's past comes to light. Laura persuades Charlotte to embark on a journey to her childhood home in Eastern Europe. There, as Charlotte re-reads her diary and recalls the one great love of her life, she finally faces the demons that have haunted her for over half a century.

One Last Summer

One Last Summer

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 01/09/2013

A hidden past, a dangerous love and a voice to reach across the ages. A brand new title from best-selling author Catrin Collier. Allenstein, East Prussia, 1939 - Charlotte von Datski's parents hold a glittering ball to celebrate her eighteenth birthday and announce her engagement to a Prussian count. But Hitler is about to plunge the world into war... Soon, Charlotte will be forced to leave behind her beloved homeland and flee to England carrying a secret that both strengthens and torments her. Years later, Charlotte's granddaughter, Laura, is shocked when the truth about her grandmother's past comes to light. Laura persuades Charlotte to embark on a journey to her childhood home in Eastern Europe. There, as Charlotte re-reads her diary and recalls the one great love of her life, she finally faces the demons that have haunted her for over half a century.

Spoils of War

Spoils of War

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 29/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Spoils of War - Book Eight in the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier It is 1946 and the soldiers who have been away for the war are beginning to return to Pontypridd. But not all the reunions are happy... Bethan's lingering feelings for an American officer make it hard for her to readjust to married life. Tony's fiancee, a German refugee, arrives in Pontypridd to find herself shunned by all. And when she discovers Tony has lied to her, she must face the possibility that he is only marrying her to spite his family. Meanwhile, Alma and Charlie receive devastating news, which throws their whole world into confusion - and leaves Charlie to make an impossible choice. As the people of Pontypridd struggle to rebuild their lives, they discover that the end of war only marks the beginning of another more personal struggle...

Spoils of War

Spoils of War

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Spoils of War - Book Eight in the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier It is 1946 and the soldiers who have been away for the war are beginning to return to Pontypridd. But not all the reunions are happy... Bethan's lingering feelings for an American officer make it hard for her to readjust to married life. Tony's fiancee, a German refugee, arrives in Pontypridd to find herself shunned by all. And when she discovers Tony has lied to her, she must face the possibility that he is only marrying her to spite his family. Meanwhile, Alma and Charlie receive devastating news, which throws their whole world into confusion - and leaves Charlie to make an impossible choice. As the people of Pontypridd struggle to rebuild their lives, they discover that the end of war only marks the beginning of another more personal struggle...

Broken Rainbows

Broken Rainbows

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 22/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Broken Rainbows - Book Seven of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion. The South Carolina Regiment billeted on the town soon cuts a swathe through its women, living up to GI's reputation as over-paid, over-sexed and over here . For Bethan, whose husband is a POW in Germany, and her friend Alma, whose husband is missing, the arrival of the American officers brings new and dangerous friendships. While for Jenny, a bitter young war widow, it is a chance to bury her grief in a series of one-night stands. The women are caught between loyalty to their men folk and the very real attraction of the GIs, and when tragedy strikes the mines, the tension reaches breaking point...

Broken Rainbows

Broken Rainbows

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Broken Rainbows - Book Seven of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion. The South Carolina Regiment billeted on the town soon cuts a swathe through its women, living up to GI's reputation as over-paid, over-sexed and over here . For Bethan, whose husband is a POW in Germany, and her friend Alma, whose husband is missing, the arrival of the American officers brings new and dangerous friendships. While for Jenny, a bitter young war widow, it is a chance to bury her grief in a series of one-night stands. The women are caught between loyalty to their men folk and the very real attraction of the GIs, and when tragedy strikes the mines, the tension reaches breaking point...

Broken Rainbows

Broken Rainbows

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Broken Rainbows - Book Seven of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion. The South Carolina Regiment billeted on the town soon cuts a swathe through its women, living up to GI's reputation as over-paid, over-sexed and over here . For Bethan, whose husband is a POW in Germany, and her friend Alma, whose husband is missing, the arrival of the American officers brings new and dangerous friendships. While for Jenny, a bitter young war widow, it is a chance to bury her grief in a series of one-night stands. The women are caught between loyalty to their men folk and the very real attraction of the GIs, and when tragedy strikes the mines, the tension reaches breaking point...

Past Remembering

Past Remembering

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 15/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Past Remembering - Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie's escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn't expect to fall in love - particularly with the wife of a friend... Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage - but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Tiger Ragtime

Tiger Ragtime

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph Book Six in the Brothers and Lovers series by best-selling author Catrin Collier Judy Hamilton was born in the Cardiff docklands. Homeless after the death of her grandmother, she finds friendship, work and lodgings with Edyth Slater, above her bakery in Cardiff's colourful Tiger Bay. While attempting to make her way in a vibrant and complex society, Judy dreams of one day becoming a successful singer and actress. Restless and anxious to make his fortune, David Ellis leaves his brothers and sisters behind him on their isolated Breconshire farm. He is ready to embark on a new, more exciting life and is willing to do whatever it takes to find success. The enterprising natives of Tiger Bay manage to make a living from those rich enough to remain unscathed by the depression of the 1930s. Flouting the law, they open illegal casinos and nightclubs to cater for those who can still afford a good time. None are more ruthless than Aled James. With Aled's help, Judy finally breaks into the glittering paste and cardboard world of the city's nightclubs and theatres, but Aled demands a high price for his assistance. David and Judy soon discover that even with a pocketful of money, the life they'd dreamed about may come at too high a price...

Past Remembering

Past Remembering

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Past Remembering - Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie's escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn't expect to fall in love - particularly with the wife of a friend... Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage - but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Past Remembering

Past Remembering

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Past Remembering - Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie's escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn't expect to fall in love - particularly with the wife of a friend... Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage - but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Such Sweet Sorrow

Such Sweet Sorrow

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 08/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Such Sweet Sorrow - Book Five of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier In Pontypridd, in 1939, blackouts and conscription are beginning to strain the community. And three women are separated - perhaps for ever - from the men they love. Jenny Powell's husband, Eddie, abandoned her on her wedding night, and she must struggle to cope alone. Italian Tina Ronconi's sweetheart enlists, and she and her sister face internment as enemy aliens. And Bethan's doctor husband is called up, leaving her, along with all the women, with endless worry and fear. Forced to adjust to a world at war, all they can do is wait. Then comes news of the Allies' retreat at Dunkirk and, for many, life will never be the same again...

Such Sweet Sorrow

Such Sweet Sorrow

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Such Sweet Sorrow - Book Five of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier In Pontypridd, in 1939, blackouts and conscription are beginning to strain the community. And three women are separated - perhaps for ever - from the men they love. Jenny Powell's husband, Eddie, abandoned her on her wedding night, and she must struggle to cope alone. Italian Tina Ronconi's sweetheart enlists, and she and her sister face internment as enemy aliens. And Bethan's doctor husband is called up, leaving her, along with all the women, with endless worry and fear. Forced to adjust to a world at war, all they can do is wait. Then comes news of the Allies' retreat at Dunkirk and, for many, life will never be the same again...

Such Sweet Sorrow

Such Sweet Sorrow

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News Such Sweet Sorrow - Book Five of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier In Pontypridd, in 1939, blackouts and conscription are beginning to strain the community. And three women are separated - perhaps for ever - from the men they love. Jenny Powell's husband, Eddie, abandoned her on her wedding night, and she must struggle to cope alone. Italian Tina Ronconi's sweetheart enlists, and she and her sister face internment as enemy aliens. And Bethan's doctor husband is called up, leaving her, along with all the women, with endless worry and fear. Forced to adjust to a world at war, all they can do is wait. Then comes news of the Allies' retreat at Dunkirk and, for many, life will never be the same again...

Tiger Bay Blues

Tiger Bay Blues

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph Book Five of the Brothers and Lovers series by Catrin Collier Pontypridd 1930 - At eighteen Edyth is the 'plain, intelligent' one of Harry and Sali Evans's five daughters. Until a chance meeting with handsome curate Peter Slater throws her life into turmoil. Head over heels in love, she sacrifices her own ambitions of a college education and career, and defies her parents' opposition so she can help Peter realise his dream of running his own parish. The church sends Peter to Butetown, a multi-racial dockland area of Cardiff, commonly known as Tiger Bay. There Edyth and Peter encounter rich cultures from all corners of the world that flourish even in the depression ridden conditions of desperate poverty. It is a society where creed, language and the colour of a family's skin doesn't matter - as long as the borders that separate Tiger Bay from the city aren't crossed. And there Edyth discovers exactly why her parents were so opposed to her marriage. Peter has a dark secret that has not only blighted his life but also hers. A secret that threatens to destroy her love and, ultimately their marriage...

Finders and Keepers

Finders and Keepers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 02/08/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph Finders & Keepers - Book Four in the Brothers and Lovers series Harry Evans's first years of life were blighted by a brutal stepfather. At the age of five his mother, Sali, married a miner, Lloyd Evans, a passionate believer in workers' rights. When he returns to Pontypridd after school, he finds that his beloved grandfather, ex-miner Billy Evans, has lung disease, and when Billy is sent to a sanatorium in the Welsh Hills, the only one free to accompany him is Harry. There Harry meets two very different women: Diana, a feminist medical student, and Mary, an illiterate, orphaned farmer's daughter. For the first time in his life Harry falls in love, only to suffer rejection. Harry turns to Billy for consolation, and as his relationship with the old man deepens, he learns about life, love, and the responsibility that comes with inherited wealth. But he also discovers the responsibility each man owes to himself to live his life as he, and no one else, sees fit.

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News All that Glitters- Book Four in the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier In 1939, Haydn Powell returns to his native Pontypridd as a star for the summer season. It is his dream come true, but is soon soured when he finds his family divided. Haydn seeks consolation with the theatre crowd, but is also drawn to Jane, a young waif lodging with his family. But Jane is haunted by poverty and burdened by bitter secrets. Then there is Haydn's childhood sweetheart, Jenny, who is determined to win him back. She tries to make him jealous by flirting with his brother, the hot-headed boxer Eddie. But it is Jenny's reckless pursuit of her own ends that creates a dangerous tension in a town already braced for war...

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News All that Glitters- Book Four in the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier In 1939, Haydn Powell returns to his native Pontypridd as a star for the summer season. It is his dream come true, but is soon soured when he finds his family divided. Haydn seeks consolation with the theatre crowd, but is also drawn to Jane, a young waif lodging with his family. But Jane is haunted by poverty and burdened by bitter secrets. Then there is Haydn's childhood sweetheart, Jenny, who is determined to win him back. She tries to make him jealous by flirting with his brother, the hot-headed boxer Eddie. But it is Jenny's reckless pursuit of her own ends that creates a dangerous tension in a town already braced for war...

Finders and Keepers

Finders and Keepers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph Finders & Keepers - Book Four in the Brothers and Lovers series Harry Evans's first years of life were blighted by a brutal stepfather. At the age of five his mother, Sali, married a miner, Lloyd Evans, a passionate believer in workers' rights. When he returns to Pontypridd after school, he finds that his beloved grandfather, ex-miner Billy Evans, has lung disease, and when Billy is sent to a sanatorium in the Welsh Hills, the only one free to accompany him is Harry. There Harry meets two very different women: Diana, a feminist medical student, and Mary, an illiterate, orphaned farmer's daughter. For the first time in his life Harry falls in love, only to suffer rejection. Harry turns to Billy for consolation, and as his relationship with the old man deepens, he learns about life, love, and the responsibility that comes with inherited wealth. But he also discovers the responsibility each man owes to himself to live his life as he, and no one else, sees fit.

Finders and Keepers

Finders and Keepers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph Finders & Keepers - Book Four in the Brothers and Lovers series Harry Evans's first years of life were blighted by a brutal stepfather. At the age of five his mother, Sali, married a miner, Lloyd Evans, a passionate believer in workers' rights. When he returns to Pontypridd after school, he finds that his beloved grandfather, ex-miner Billy Evans, has lung disease, and when Billy is sent to a sanatorium in the Welsh Hills, the only one free to accompany him is Harry. There Harry meets two very different women: Diana, a feminist medical student, and Mary, an illiterate, orphaned farmer's daughter. For the first time in his life Harry falls in love, only to suffer rejection. Harry turns to Billy for consolation, and as his relationship with the old man deepens, he learns about life, love, and the responsibility that comes with inherited wealth. But he also discovers the responsibility each man owes to himself to live his life as he, and no one else, sees fit.

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 01/08/2013

`A page-turner... a terrific read' Susan Sallis A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters - Publishing News All that Glitters- Book Four in the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier In 1939, Haydn Powell returns to his native Pontypridd as a star for the summer season. It is his dream come true, but is soon soured when he finds his family divided. Haydn seeks consolation with the theatre crowd, but is also drawn to Jane, a young waif lodging with his family. But Jane is haunted by poverty and burdened by bitter secrets. Then there is Haydn's childhood sweetheart, Jenny, who is determined to win him back. She tries to make him jealous by flirting with his brother, the hot-headed boxer Eddie. But it is Jenny's reckless pursuit of her own ends that creates a dangerous tension in a town already braced for war...

A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 25/07/2013

In strictly chapel Pontypridd in 1938, tongues are quick to wag when Alma Moore, abandoned by her lover, is rushed to hospital with stomach pains. The doctor may call it appendicitis, but the scandal-mongers think they know better. And then Bethan John, who's too good for the rest of them since she married a doctor, comes back to her mining family's house with her new baby - but without her husband, or any word of explanation. Ostracised by most - even their own mothers - Alma and Bethan face a lonely struggle to survive. Then taciturn Russian Charlie, an outsider haunted by his own past, reaches out the hand of friendship to them both, and in so doing begins to thaw his own heart...

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 25/07/2013

It is January 1957 and Helen's husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack's brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen's father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant's widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can't have children so handling her friends' pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2013

In strictly chapel Pontypridd in 1938, tongues are quick to wag when Alma Moore, abandoned by her lover, is rushed to hospital with stomach pains. The doctor may call it appendicitis, but the scandal-mongers think they know better. And then Bethan John, who's too good for the rest of them since she married a doctor, comes back to her mining family's house with her new baby - but without her husband, or any word of explanation. Ostracised by most - even their own mothers - Alma and Bethan face a lonely struggle to survive. Then taciturn Russian Charlie, an outsider haunted by his own past, reaches out the hand of friendship to them both, and in so doing begins to thaw his own heart...

A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2013

In strictly chapel Pontypridd in 1938, tongues are quick to wag when Alma Moore, abandoned by her lover, is rushed to hospital with stomach pains. The doctor may call it appendicitis, but the scandal-mongers think they know better. And then Bethan John, who's too good for the rest of them since she married a doctor, comes back to her mining family's house with her new baby - but without her husband, or any word of explanation. Ostracised by most - even their own mothers - Alma and Bethan face a lonely struggle to survive. Then taciturn Russian Charlie, an outsider haunted by his own past, reaches out the hand of friendship to them both, and in so doing begins to thaw his own heart...

Sinners and Shadows

Sinners and Shadows

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 25/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Sinners and Shadows - Book Three in the Brothers and Lovers Series Orphaned at eight and raised by a brutal sadistic brother, nineteen-year-old parlour maid Rhian dreams of meeting a man who will love her and give her a family of her own. When she is invited to join the Evans family on New Year's Eve 1913, her life is thrown into turmoil. The youngest Evans' brother, twenty-two year old Joey, confesses he loves her. Handsome, charming Joey has never met a woman who could refuse him anything until Rhian. Just when her feelings begin to emerge Joey's past overshadows and finally shatters their happiness. Unable to separate truth from lies, wanting to hurt Joey as deeply as he has her, Rhian turns to her employer, Edward Larch, for solace. Unhappily married, Edward offers her the only position he can, that of his mistress. Her choice is simple and irrevocable - to forgo love, her reputation as a 'respectable girl' and all chance of a settled family life for the sake of financial security. When Europe is plunged into war, even the lives of the people in Tonypandy are affected. But no matter how dangerous the conditions or how many hours she works, she cannot stop thinking about the man she loved who betrayed her - and the problems peace will bring.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2013

It is January 1957 and Helen's husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack's brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen's father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant's widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can't have children so handling her friends' pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2013

It is January 1957 and Helen's husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack's brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen's father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant's widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can't have children so handling her friends' pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

Sinners and Shadows

Sinners and Shadows

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Sinners and Shadows - Book Three in the Brothers and Lovers Series Orphaned at eight and raised by a brutal sadistic brother, nineteen-year-old parlour maid Rhian dreams of meeting a man who will love her and give her a family of her own. When she is invited to join the Evans family on New Year's Eve 1913, her life is thrown into turmoil. The youngest Evans' brother, twenty-two year old Joey, confesses he loves her. Handsome, charming Joey has never met a woman who could refuse him anything until Rhian. Just when her feelings begin to emerge Joey's past overshadows and finally shatters their happiness. Unable to separate truth from lies, wanting to hurt Joey as deeply as he has her, Rhian turns to her employer, Edward Larch, for solace. Unhappily married, Edward offers her the only position he can, that of his mistress. Her choice is simple and irrevocable - to forgo love, her reputation as a 'respectable girl' and all chance of a settled family life for the sake of financial security. When Europe is plunged into war, even the lives of the people in Tonypandy are affected. But no matter how dangerous the conditions or how many hours she works, she cannot stop thinking about the man she loved who betrayed her - and the problems peace will bring.

Sinners and Shadows

Sinners and Shadows

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Sinners and Shadows - Book Three in the Brothers and Lovers Series Orphaned at eight and raised by a brutal sadistic brother, nineteen-year-old parlour maid Rhian dreams of meeting a man who will love her and give her a family of her own. When she is invited to join the Evans family on New Year's Eve 1913, her life is thrown into turmoil. The youngest Evans' brother, twenty-two year old Joey, confesses he loves her. Handsome, charming Joey has never met a woman who could refuse him anything until Rhian. Just when her feelings begin to emerge Joey's past overshadows and finally shatters their happiness. Unable to separate truth from lies, wanting to hurt Joey as deeply as he has her, Rhian turns to her employer, Edward Larch, for solace. Unhappily married, Edward offers her the only position he can, that of his mistress. Her choice is simple and irrevocable - to forgo love, her reputation as a 'respectable girl' and all chance of a settled family life for the sake of financial security. When Europe is plunged into war, even the lives of the people in Tonypandy are affected. But no matter how dangerous the conditions or how many hours she works, she cannot stop thinking about the man she loved who betrayed her - and the problems peace will bring.

One Blue Moon

One Blue Moon

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 18/07/2013

Maud Powell and her cousin Diana had always dreamed of becoming nurses, but their hopes are shattered when Maud contracts TB - a death sentence in 1930s' Pontypridd. With pits closing, Haydn abandoning a steady job for a stage career, and their cousin Diana's secret burden, the Powell family are facing hard times. Meanwhile Ronnie Ronconi, eldest of the large, cafe-owning family, has two simple beliefs: his sisters must marry good Italian Catholics, and determination and hard work will get him anything he wants. But his dreams are shattered when he realises that what he wants is Welsh, chapel-going, consumptive Maud. For once, high-handed, ruthless Ronnie seems to be facing the impossible...

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Winners and Losers - Book Two in the Brothers and Lovers Series Megan Williams is eighteen and in love with the boy next door, Victor Evans. 1910: The Rhondda Valley, poverty and hardship are taking their toll as troops are brought in to control the striking miners. Megan finds work where the troops lay, shunned by her friends and neighbours who believe she has betrayed her class by working for the enemy and with her father refusing to see Megan marry Catholic Victor as his father and brother are marked as strike ringleaders, Megan is caught in the middle. Victor and Megan find themselves fighting for the right to love one another, remain together and build a future they can share.

One Blue Moon

One Blue Moon

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

Maud Powell and her cousin Diana had always dreamed of becoming nurses, but their hopes are shattered when Maud contracts TB - a death sentence in 1930s' Pontypridd. With pits closing, Haydn abandoning a steady job for a stage career, and their cousin Diana's secret burden, the Powell family are facing hard times. Meanwhile Ronnie Ronconi, eldest of the large, cafe-owning family, has two simple beliefs: his sisters must marry good Italian Catholics, and determination and hard work will get him anything he wants. But his dreams are shattered when he realises that what he wants is Welsh, chapel-going, consumptive Maud. For once, high-handed, ruthless Ronnie seems to be facing the impossible...

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Winners and Losers - Book Two in the Brothers and Lovers Series Megan Williams is eighteen and in love with the boy next door, Victor Evans. 1910: The Rhondda Valley, poverty and hardship are taking their toll as troops are brought in to control the striking miners. Megan finds work where the troops lay, shunned by her friends and neighbours who believe she has betrayed her class by working for the enemy and with her father refusing to see Megan marry Catholic Victor as his father and brother are marked as strike ringleaders, Megan is caught in the middle. Victor and Megan find themselves fighting for the right to love one another, remain together and build a future they can share.

Swansea Summer

Swansea Summer

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

In the Swansea of the fifties, there is only one thing for a boy to do when he gets a girl 'into trouble' and that is to marry her - and quickly. Blighted by an unhappy childhood, passionately in love for the first time in his life, Jack can't wait to do 'the right thing'. A happy family of his own is all he ever wanted but not even in his wildest dreams did he envisage a wife like Helen. Beautiful, intelligent and loving, Helen is headstrong enough to defy her family and convention for Jack and, when her father gives them his blessing, their future beckons assured and glittering - until tragedy strikes and tears them apart.

Swansea Summer

Swansea Summer

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2013

In the Swansea of the fifties, there is only one thing for a boy to do when he gets a girl 'into trouble' and that is to marry her - and quickly. Blighted by an unhappy childhood, passionately in love for the first time in his life, Jack can't wait to do 'the right thing'. A happy family of his own is all he ever wanted but not even in his wildest dreams did he envisage a wife like Helen. Beautiful, intelligent and loving, Helen is headstrong enough to defy her family and convention for Jack and, when her father gives them his blessing, their future beckons assured and glittering - until tragedy strikes and tears them apart.

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 18/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Winners and Losers - Book Two in the Brothers and Lovers Series Megan Williams is eighteen and in love with the boy next door, Victor Evans. 1910: The Rhondda Valley, poverty and hardship are taking their toll as troops are brought in to control the striking miners. Megan finds work where the troops lay, shunned by her friends and neighbours who believe she has betrayed her class by working for the enemy and with her father refusing to see Megan marry Catholic Victor as his father and brother are marked as strike ringleaders, Megan is caught in the middle. Victor and Megan find themselves fighting for the right to love one another, remain together and build a future they can share.

Swansea Summer

Swansea Summer

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 18/07/2013

In the Swansea of the fifties, there is only one thing for a boy to do when he gets a girl 'into trouble' and that is to marry her - and quickly. Blighted by an unhappy childhood, passionately in love for the first time in his life, Jack can't wait to do 'the right thing'. A happy family of his own is all he ever wanted but not even in his wildest dreams did he envisage a wife like Helen. Beautiful, intelligent and loving, Helen is headstrong enough to defy her family and convention for Jack and, when her father gives them his blessing, their future beckons assured and glittering - until tragedy strikes and tears them apart.

Beggars and Choosers

Beggars and Choosers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 11/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Beggars and Choosers - Book One in the Brothers and Lovers Series Pontypridd, Rhondda 1905: Coal is king and the families who sunk the first collieries are rich. No-one is wealthier or more generous than Harry Watkin Jones. His daughter Sali is about to marry her childhood sweetheart, but tragedy strikes. Four years later Sali is a penniless outcast, fleeing from a violent husband and struggling to support herself and her son in a world very different. Sali finds work in the home of family of colliers and she and her son find the warmth and love missing from their lives for so long. But unrest and violence have come to the valleys. Caught up in the conflict, Sali finds herself denying her roots, her class, and even sacrificing her son's future, for the sake of the people she loves and the cause they are prepared to die for...

Swansea Girls

Swansea Girls

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 11/07/2013

The first in a gloriously nostalgic trilogy set during the changing times of the 1950s. It's Saturday night and Swansea's Pier Ballroom is the place to be. Meet Lily, an evacuee unclaimed by her family at the end of the war; Judy, taught independence by her war widow mother; Katie, the product of a violent marriage; and the spoiled, wilful Helen. For these girls, it's an evening that fuels jealousies and sows the seeds for friendships, confidences and romance...

Swansea Girls

Swansea Girls

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2013

The first in a gloriously nostalgic trilogy set during the changing times of the 1950s. It's Saturday night and Swansea's Pier Ballroom is the place to be. Meet Lily, an evacuee unclaimed by her family at the end of the war; Judy, taught independence by her war widow mother; Katie, the product of a violent marriage; and the spoiled, wilful Helen. For these girls, it's an evening that fuels jealousies and sows the seeds for friendships, confidences and romance...

Swansea Girls

Swansea Girls

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2013

The first in a gloriously nostalgic trilogy set during the changing times of the 1950s. It's Saturday night and Swansea's Pier Ballroom is the place to be. Meet Lily, an evacuee unclaimed by her family at the end of the war; Judy, taught independence by her war widow mother; Katie, the product of a violent marriage; and the spoiled, wilful Helen. For these girls, it's an evening that fuels jealousies and sows the seeds for friendships, confidences and romance...

Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2013

Trainee midwife Bethan Powell lives in the shadow of the workhouse during the Depression. It's difficult to say which is harder for her and fellow nurse Laura Ronconi - their gruelling work in the hospital, or the frictions and financial hardships at home. Bethan's Communist miner father, rigidly Chapel mother, unruly brothers and delightful but dubiously honest aunt, and Laura's vast Italian cafe-running family, cause the girls as much worry as any difficult case or strict ward sister. But working-class Pontypridd agrees on one thing - the 'crache', or gentry, who live in the big houses on the Common, may be just the other side of town, but they inhabit a different world. So when Bethan and Laura are smitten by two young doctors, can love really bridge the divide? Or is the pull of family too strong, the gulf too wide?

One Blue Moon

One Blue Moon

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2013

Maud Powell and her cousin Diana had always dreamed of becoming nurses, but their hopes are shattered when Maud contracts TB - a death sentence in 1930s' Pontypridd. With pits closing, Haydn abandoning a steady job for a stage career, and their cousin Diana's secret burden, the Powell family are facing hard times. Meanwhile Ronnie Ronconi, eldest of the large, cafe-owning family, has two simple beliefs: his sisters must marry good Italian Catholics, and determination and hard work will get him anything he wants. But his dreams are shattered when he realises that what he wants is Welsh, chapel-going, consumptive Maud. For once, high-handed, ruthless Ronnie seems to be facing the impossible...

Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2013

Trainee midwife Bethan Powell lives in the shadow of the workhouse during the Depression. It's difficult to say which is harder for her and fellow nurse Laura Ronconi - their gruelling work in the hospital, or the frictions and financial hardships at home. Bethan's Communist miner father, rigidly Chapel mother, unruly brothers and delightful but dubiously honest aunt, and Laura's vast Italian cafe-running family, cause the girls as much worry as any difficult case or strict ward sister. But working-class Pontypridd agrees on one thing - the 'crache', or gentry, who live in the big houses on the Common, may be just the other side of town, but they inhabit a different world. So when Bethan and Laura are smitten by two young doctors, can love really bridge the divide? Or is the pull of family too strong, the gulf too wide?

Beggars and Choosers

Beggars and Choosers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Beggars and Choosers - Book One in the Brothers and Lovers Series Pontypridd, Rhondda 1905: Coal is king and the families who sunk the first collieries are rich. No-one is wealthier or more generous than Harry Watkin Jones. His daughter Sali is about to marry her childhood sweetheart, but tragedy strikes. Four years later Sali is a penniless outcast, fleeing from a violent husband and struggling to support herself and her son in a world very different. Sali finds work in the home of family of colliers and she and her son find the warmth and love missing from their lives for so long. But unrest and violence have come to the valleys. Caught up in the conflict, Sali finds herself denying her roots, her class, and even sacrificing her son's future, for the sake of the people she loves and the cause they are prepared to die for...

Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Big book Release Date: 11/07/2013

Trainee midwife Bethan Powell lives in the shadow of the workhouse during the Depression. It's difficult to say which is harder for her and fellow nurse Laura Ronconi - their gruelling work in the hospital, or the frictions and financial hardships at home. Bethan's Communist miner father, rigidly Chapel mother, unruly brothers and delightful but dubiously honest aunt, and Laura's vast Italian cafe-running family, cause the girls as much worry as any difficult case or strict ward sister. But working-class Pontypridd agrees on one thing - the 'crache', or gentry, who live in the big houses on the Common, may be just the other side of town, but they inhabit a different world. So when Bethan and Laura are smitten by two young doctors, can love really bridge the divide? Or is the pull of family too strong, the gulf too wide?

Beggars and Choosers

Beggars and Choosers

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2013

`Meticulously-researched...warming the hearts of millions of readers.' Historical Novels Review `Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end' Daily Mail Beggars and Choosers - Book One in the Brothers and Lovers Series Pontypridd, Rhondda 1905: Coal is king and the families who sunk the first collieries are rich. No-one is wealthier or more generous than Harry Watkin Jones. His daughter Sali is about to marry her childhood sweetheart, but tragedy strikes. Four years later Sali is a penniless outcast, fleeing from a violent husband and struggling to support herself and her son in a world very different. Sali finds work in the home of family of colliers and she and her son find the warmth and love missing from their lives for so long. But unrest and violence have come to the valleys. Caught up in the conflict, Sali finds herself denying her roots, her class, and even sacrificing her son's future, for the sake of the people she loves and the cause they are prepared to die for...

Bobby's Girl

Bobby's Girl

Author: Catrin Collier Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2012

America 1968. Protests against the Vietnam War, for Civil Rights, sit-ins, love-ins, happenings - youth pitted against the establishment, hoping to create a better world. Everyone has one special summer. For British students Penny and Kate, and Americans Bobby and Sandy, it was that summer on Cape Cod. Warm languid days filled with love, laughter and music. Until the night Bobby's car crashed and burst into flames, and a bitter old woman took control, changing the survivors' lives for ever. One of the four was killed, another damaged; a third disappeared never to be seen by family or friends again. Penny survived, only to be haunted for almost twenty years by a dark and dangerous secret. Then a letter arrives asking Penny to return to America to help right the wrongs of that fateful night. But has she the courage?

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