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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...
Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008 and our readers' favourite. RNA panel comment: "It is very moving and the complexities of love and war are explored in depth. A memorable read."
The fourth in the series set in the Rhondda Valley during the early 20th century. You may have caught some of her Hearts of Gold series dramatised by the BBC. Sheâ€™s lovely.Similar this month: Lyn Andrews.Comparison: Catherine Cookson, Iris Gower, Jessica Blair.
The third in her Welsh coalmining series takes us into the First World War. She is very good. Her very Catherine Cookson-esque Hearts of Gold series was dramatised on BBC 1 and there are more to come, I understand. Her 50â€™s Swansea series is republished alongside this; she is well worth trying.Comparison: Iris Gower, Catherine Cookson, Maureen Lee.Similar this month: Lilian Harry, Katie Flynn.
Following on from Beggars and Chossers, we are now in the middle of the Welsh miners strike in 1910. More quality writing from the author who also writes the â€˜Hearts of Goldâ€™ series on the BBC
This is very good indeed. Itâ€™s the first in a new series and has the Welsh pits as its backdrop and is by the author who wrote the highly successful television series Hearts of Gold.
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.
`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...
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