Hooray! the shout went up!!
You must have heard it, in fact the whole world must have heard it!!
That would be my husband, shouting for joy, that two of my vast mountain of books were leaving the house forever, to take up residence with his mother, who I know, will treasure them almost as much as I have.
Mother-in-law, was indeed more than pleased to offer them a new home, as she had resisted the temptation to visit the bookstore on her last trip into town.
She did however confess that, on going to a local market, there had been a store selling surplus stock, new paperbacks for £1.00 each, and she had not been able to resist buying, just a few!!!
With that, she produced three books, that she had read and enjoyed, for me to bring home with me.
Hubbie’s face fell, when he realised that two out and three in, meant that I had made a net gain, thus adding to his desperate plight, of living amidst a volcano of books, that must surely erupt one day soon!!
I have been brave and thrown another half dozen or so volumes out of the pile, that I will be giving to a friend tomorrow, so it’s not all bad news, is it?
The new additions to our ‘family’ are:
The Thames carried him away from her, but would it bring him home…? Twelve-year-old Eliza Bragg has known little in life but the cold, comfortless banks of the Thames. Living above her uncle’s chandlery she has grown accustomed to a life of penury and servitude, her only comfort the love and protection of her older brother, Bart. But one day Bart accidentally kills a man and is forced to flee to New Zealand. Alone, barefoot, beaten down and at the mercy of her cruel uncle, Eliza realises that her very survival is at stake…
Three very different women work together at Cadbury’s Bournville factory, and their lives become entwined by war and work – and a child called David.
Edie, the main character, marries young to escape her unhappy family home. Widowed at 19 and, after losing her child from the marriage, she faces the war grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Blitz, an infant mysteriously abandoned during the bombing is handed into her care…
Ruby, meanwhile, doesn’t want to be left behind in the wedding stakes and settles for marriage with Frank.
Finally there’s Janet, kind-hearted and susceptible to male charm, who is hurt desperately by an affair with a married man.
David, the child who steals Edie’s heart as she brings him up through a time none of them will ever forget, is the love of all their lives. And when David is old enough to wonder who he really is, he leads Edie through struggle and heartache to a life and love she would never have dreamed of…
An epic novel of passion, betrayal and danger, set in wartime Britain and Europe
In the spring of 1936 Kay Garland embraces an exciting new life of glamour when she becomes companion to Russian Konstantin Denisov’s daughter, Miranda. The two girls become firm friends, and when Miranda falls in love with a young Parisian, Kay helps her keep the relationship secret. But Konstantin learns of the affair and promptly dismisses Kay, leaving her penniless and stranded in Nazi Berlin. By chance she meets Tom Blacklock, who pays for her ticket home, and is destined to play an important part in her life. As for Miranda, she makes a decision that will put her in the path of disaster. With the outbreak of war come death and destruction and, for both women, consuming passion, along with the fear of losing all that they hold dear. After Hitler’s defeat, there are new dangers – and opportunities to find love where least expected.
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