Stories from the heart. This category combines Romantic Fiction with Sagas and Romance to create a collection of lovely tales. From rags to riches stories to tales of tight-knit communities, this carefully curated collection is bound to have the perfect match for you, and as the Beatles said, ‘love is all you need’.
I was privileged to be a judge of the first Catherine Cookson Award and this lovely authorâ€™s first novel was the winner so I have been following her career with interest. This one, as the title implies, has a girl with a beautiful voice as its heroine, and an incident-filled plot to totally absorb you.Comparison: Josephine Cox, Lyn Andrews, Lesley Pearse.Similar this month: Charlotte Bingham, Beryl Matthews.
A powerful and emotional novel that spans continents, decades and generations of one family.
This is a moving and well-crafted saga that will have you turning the pages non-stop to the end. Historical detail of the Dunkirk evacuation is excellent but even better it includes a lot of detail I didn't know before too. The sacrifice of both soldiers and civilians pulls at the heartstrings and it's important that we don't forget what others did for us in WWII to save our country. The author really does give us a glimpse of the trials and triumphs of life in England at that time. This title is also available as an Audio book, in either CD or cassette format.Comparison: Charlotte Bingham, Margaret Dickinson, Beryl Matthews.Similar this month: Mary Jane Staples, Lesley Pearse.
London gangland terror of the 60s opens the eyes of a middle-class miss who learns some hard lessons. It’s slow to start but once Dan and Fifi get to Kennington the story really heats up and becomes utterly gripping. Comparison: Martina Cole, Kevin Lewis, Hilary Norman. Similar this month: Sheila Quigley, Adele Geras.
This is an enthralling novel of love, betrayal and idealism as three very different young women go up to Oxford in the years immediately before World War Two.
The Bells of Burracombe is the beginning of a brand new series from the author. Its setting is a village in Devon in the 1950s. This title is also availble as a paperback.
For all those existing Lillian Harry readers but also to those who've yet to read a Lilian Harry you are in for a real treat here. Bells of Burracombe is the beginning of a brand new series from the author. Its setting is a village in Devon in the 1950s. The characters are brilliantly portrayed and as the village prepares for the Festival of Britain, together the newcomer to the village, Stella Simmons who is just starting a teaching career there and village old-timers such as Basil Harvey, the vicar and Miss Kemp, the headmistress are soon caught up in the plans for the proposed pageant and fair. But in the front of her mind Stella remains determined to find her long-lost sister who she was separated from as a child. This title is also available as an Audio book, read by Helen Ayres as either a CD or a cassette.
Follow-up to Facing the Light â€“ how a bleak Yorkshire childhood was transformed into a career as a prima ballerina. Comparison: Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, Elizabeth Jane Howard.Similar this month: None but try Sarah Challis, Lesley Pearse.
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.
Liverpool, World War II stuff from one of the best in this gritty, incident-laden saga area.Comparison: Helen Forrester, Lyn Andrews, Maureen Lee.Similar this month: Lilian Harry, Catrin Collier.
In previous books Lilian Harry has been following folk of rural Hampshire through the war years, now that peace has arrived there are some serious adjustments to weather. She’s good.Comparison: Josephine Cox, Ruth Hamilton, Maureen Lee.Similar this month: Katie Flynn, Catrin Collier.
The latest in her warm sagas of good neighbours Molly and Nellie.Comparison: Maureen Lee, Katie Flynn, Lyn Andrews.Similar this month: Josephine Cox, Emma Blair.
Love in a Cold Climate
We all love a good saga. From Wuthering Heights and Jamaica Inn, to the modern works of authors like Katie Flynn, Katherine Webb and Nadine Dorries, there is something so captivating about the journey of a romantic heroine through an unfamiliar world, where the hearts and desires of all around her form the centre of everything. These stories can take place on grand settings: on the High Seas and foreign lands, or on a small cobbled street in a northern mining town. It doesn’t matter, as the journey of the heart is the most important of all. Get your tissues at the ready and find yourself happily shipwrecked on the ragged rocks of epic romance.
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