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Sheelagh Kelly was born in York and has lived there all her life apart from a recent 3 year stint in Australia. Her first novel, part of the well-known â€˜Feeneyâ€™ saga, â€˜A Long Way From Heavenâ€™, brought her instant success and she has followed that with nine more books. Her next novel is due to be published in March and is the second volume of her best-selling Yorkshire trilogy, entitled â€˜Family of the Empireâ€™.
Atmospheric evocation of the time and place, the interwar period and the city of York, this is a tale of sorrow, joy and passion against seemingly insurmountable odds.Similar this month: None but try Annie Murray.Comparison: Annie Groves, Anne Bennett, Ruth Hamilton.
A lovely author with a strong sense of time and place, a brave and resourceful heroine and a cracking good story of York during World War I.Similar this month: Alexandra Connor, Anne Baker.Comparison: Ruth Hamilton, Elizabeth Elgin, Annie Groves.
The warm-hearted and much-loved sequel to Shoddy PrinceAfter twenty-two years' estrangement, Bright Maguire and Nat Prince are joyously reunited and plan to start a new life in Australia. Their daughter Oriel isn't thrilled by the return of her long-absent father, but can she put aside her feelings and accompany them?After the horrors of the Great War, Oriel is one of the 'Bright Young Things' eager to cast aside restrictions of the bygone era. Her charitable traits act as a magnet for those who would take advantage, propelling her to the brink of tragedyFrom the bestselling author of the Feeney sagas, A Complicated Woman will enchant fans of Rosie Goodwin, Maggie Hope and Val Wood.Praise for Sheelagh Kelly:'Genuinely perceptive portrayals of human relationships' Irish Independent'The tough, sparky characters of Catherine Cookson, and the same sharp sense of destiny, place and time' Reay Tannahill'Sheelagh Kelly surely can write' Sunderland Echo
A captivating tale of love that cannot be denied set in the tumultuous lead-up to the First World War Bright Maguire - poor, beautiful and kind - is the youngest member of a large Irish clan. Nat Prince is the illegitimate son of a prostitute, growing up on poverty-stricken streets. When Bright brings Nat into the bosom of her loving family, things look better for the young man. But Nat will risk anything to make his fortune. Ever the opportunist, his colourful adventures take him across the world, while Bright struggles to survive the suffering he has left behind. Although their love is destined never to die, it seems there is a conspiracy to keep Nat and Bright apart... Rich in atmosphere and full of highly memorable characters, Shoddy Prince is a heart-warming saga of love, ruthlessness and courage, perfect for fans of Anna Jacobs, Rosie Goodwin and Kitty Neale.Praise for Sheelagh Kelly:'Genuinely perceptive portrayals of human relationships' Irish Independent'The tough, sparky characters of Catherine Cookson, and the same sharp sense of destiny, place and time' Reay Tannahill'Sheelagh Kelly surely can write' Sunderland Echo
A magnificent story of love and war for all who enjoy Catherine Cookson He survived the carnage of war. But it was bitter conflict on the home front that tore his life apart...After a year of fighting in the Boer War, Corporal Russ Hazelwood - missing his wife and tired of long, passionless nights - seeks solace in the arms of an African woman. Only his friend Jack Daw knows of the relationship and the son born of it. Returning to York, he builds a successful career in business and raises six daughters and a son with his wife Rachel. But when his former comrade branches into local politics, rivalry breeds betrayal. Suddenly the past comes back to haunt Russ, shattering bonds between husband and wife, father and son. Then comes the most dreadful war of all. But when it is over, the greatest battle has still to be won
There's a high price to pay for happiness... The first in an extraordinary saga trilogy from bestseller Sheelagh Kelly While her brothers and sisters resign themselves to a life of drudgery, Katherine 'Kit' Kilmaster yearns for better things. When she is tempted into dangerous situations with young men above her station, the family are scandalized. Kit revels in London Society, until an unexpected consequence of her free-and-easy lifestyle stops her in her tracks.Thrust back into village life, Kit falls prey to malicious gossip. Overwhelmed, she finally heeds her family's advice and is almost destroyed. But then a chance encounter promises to deliver the husband and children she has always wanted - provided her shameful secret is not revealedPerfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin, Anne Baker and Elizabeth Gill, this is an unforgettably moving saga of love, tragedy and hope.
The second volume of bestselling author Sheelagh Kelly's acclaimed Yorkshire trilogyProbyn Kilmaster wants more out of life than to follow his father down the pit. He has always admired his convention-defying Aunt Kit and, inspired by her, runs away to join the army. On his first foreign posting he meets an older woman who persuades him to have an unofficial wedding ceremony. But the relationship is a disaster and soon Probyn yearns for escape. Narrowly avoiding court martial, he returns to England and makes peace with his family. But when he marries the young, inexperienced Agnes his family is horrified because she is Catholic. But Probyn stands by his decision and finds happiness - until the 'wife' from his youth turns up and throws his world into turmoilPerfect for readers of Rosie Goodwin, Dilly Court and Maggie Hope.
A soldier's love of regiment; a nurse's devotion to humanity... the final instalment of Sheelagh Kelly's unforgettable Kilmaster trilogyThe Great War is at its height, and while Probyn Kilmaster is proud to pass on his expertise to the raw recruits bound for France, he is unprepared for the carnage which he must lead them into. Meanwhile in the Yorkshire pit village of Denaby Main, his wife, Grace, contends with bringing up their children alone. Armistice comes, but so does fresh tragedy, and for the young Kilmasters their father's well-meaning attempt to keep the family together leads instead to cruelty and oppressionCan they find redemption? Perfect for readers of Rosie Goodwin, Emma Hornby and Lesley Pearse, A Different Kind of Love is an emotional and unputdownable finale to the Kilmaster trilogy.
The family can't escape their past in the unforgettable conclusion of the Feeney sagasRichard Feeney's family believed him dead. Instead, in 1874, Dickie secretly fled to America, where he prospered for 26 years. But now he's back.Recriminations are soon forgotten as the family reunites. But the past has a way of catching up with you, and of catching you out.Dickie has left a trail of chaos, and his long-suffering wife and family are burdened by the consequences. When the Yorkshire Insurance Company learn that Dickie has resurfaced, he must face trial and possible imprisonment. Meanwhile, the police reopen their files on an unsolved double murderFrom the author of A Long Way from Heaven this is an enthralling read for fans of Anna Jacobs and Kitty Neale.'Sheelagh Kelly surely can write' Sunderland Echo
Family ties have united the Feeneys through famine and poverty, but can they withstand success?It is 1875 and the Feeneys have left the squalor of York's slums behind them. Yet all is not well. Patrick remains a man of simple tastes, increasingly out of touch with Thomasin's ambition to expand her business empire still further across Yorkshire.After losing their son, the Feeneys' hopes for the family's future now lie with their grandchildren. There is Rosanne, set to follow a rebel lover down a star-crossed road, and Erin's daughter Belle, gifted and headstrong but born with a disability.But what happens next will test them all.Erin's Child is the third book in the Feeney Family Sagas. Packed with humour, life and drama, it is an unputdownable account of one family's struggle to survive. 'A fine romance in Sheelagh Kelly's popular series' Yorkshire Evening Post
The second in the bestselling Feeney Family sagas. How one treacherous act can turn a brother's love into murderous rage...Summer, 1867: a sudden change in fortune promises to save the Feeneys from their life of poverty. But what will save the Feeney family from itself? Patrick and Thomasin Feeney and their children, Erin, Richard and Sonny, each have different dreams - and as these dreams grow the old bonds between them begin to break. Husband and wife, father and son, brother and brother are all in conflict. But it is Richard, as dishonest and selfish as he is handsome and charming, whose final betrayal threatens everythingAn unputdownable and emotionally moving saga for fans of Annie Murray, Maggie Ford and Anna Jacobs.
The first in the unputdownable and heartbreaking Feeney Family sagas, perfect for readers of Val Wood, Nadine Dorries or Rosie GoodwinOne fateful morning in August 1846, Patrick Feeney surveys his ruined potato crop and despairs.With a delicate wife and their unborn child, he has no choice but to leave Ireland and set out for England in search of work. But from the moment Patrick and Mary set foot in Liverpool, they are beset by new trials.After moving to York, they are forced to settle in the nightmarish slums of Walmgate. Yet the very poverty and hopelessness of their surroundings binds the small community together. Only stubborn determination survive tragedy can win them hopes of a better lifePeopled with rich and colourful characters, A Long Way From Heaven is a fresh, unpredictable saga of passion, struggle and humour.'Genuinely perceptive portrayals of human relationships' Irish Independent
The second title in Sheelagh Kelly's bestselling `Feeney' saga tells how one treacherous act can turn a brother's love into a murderous rage... In the summer of 1867 a sudden change in the fortunes of the Feeney family saves them from their life of struggle and poverty in the mean back streets of York. But what will save the Feeney family from itself? Patrick and Thomasin Feeney and their children, Erin, Richard and Sonny, each have different dreams - and as these dreams grow under the influence of their new-found wealth the old bonds between them begin to break. Estranging husband and wife, dividing father and son, setting brother against brother. But it is Richard, as dishonest and selfish as he is handsome and charming, whose final betrayal threatens to bring down the judgment of God.
The fourth and final title in Sheelagh Kelly's bestselling `Feeney' saga follows the story of Richard William Feeney - `Dickie'. Supposedly dying a hero's death in a tragic fire in 1874, Richard Feeney secretly escaped the flames and fled to America, where he prospered. Now, twenty-six years later, he is back in York in the bosom of his astonished family. The year 1900 is about to fade... along with the life of Patrick Feeney, Dickie's beloved father. Recriminations are temporarily forgotten, as the family reunites in grief. But the past has a way of catching up, and Dickie's day of reckoning is just around the corner. His jaunty good looks and disregard for the law invariably land Dickie in trouble. Behind him lies a trail of chaos, and his long-suffering wife and family are burdened with the consequences. When Mr Rufforth of the Yorkshire Insurance Company recognizes Dickie as the son who supposedly died, he is faced with a trial and possible imprisonment. Meanwhile, Detective Chief Inspector Scholes Nettleton reopens his files on an unsolved double murder.
Sheelagh Kelly's famous first novel is also the first volume of her bestselling `Feeney' saga. One fateful morning in August 1846, Patrick Feeney surveyed his ruined potato crop - and for the first time knew despair. With a delicate wife and their unborn child, he had no choice but to leave that wild and beautiful corner of Ireland and set out for England in search of work. But from the moment Patrick and Mary set foot in Liverpool, they are beset by new trials. After tramping the long, weary miles to York, they are forced to settle in the nightmarish slums of Walmgate, where disease and death are rife. Yet the very poverty and hopelessness of their surroundings bind the small community together in a stubborn determination to survive through tragedy and win for themselves a better life. Peopled with rich and colourful characters, here is a marvellously fresh, unpredictable saga full of passion, struggle and humour.