5 Family Sagas to Watch Out For

A Winter Love Song by Rita Bradshaw (21 Sep 2017)
a winter love song
A Winter Love Song is a heartwarming and moving story of survival and love from bestselling author Rita Bradshaw.

Bonnie Lindsay is born into a travelling fair community in the north-east in 1918, and when her mother dies just months later Bonnie’s beloved father becomes everything to her. Then, at the tender age of ten years old, disaster strikes. Heartbroken, Bonnie’s left at the mercy of her embittered grandmother and her lecherous step-grandfather.

Five years later, the events of one terrible night cause Bonnie to flee to London, where she starts to earn her living as a singer. She changes her name and cuts all links with the past.

Time passes. Bonnie falls in love, but just when she dares to hope for a rosy future, World War II is declared. She does her bit for the war effort, singing for the troops and travelling to Burma to boost morale, but heartache and pain are just around the corner, and she begins to ask herself if she will ever find happiness again?

Molly’s Christmas Orphans by Carol Rivers (19 Oct 2017)
molly's christmas
From the Sunday Times and ebook bestselling author of A Wartime Christmas comes a gritty saga about love, loss and keeping family together.

1940. Molly Swift, at 27, has already suffered the tragic loss of her two-year-old daughter Emily, to the flu outbreak of 1935. Now she waits for news of her shopkeeper husband Ted, who volunteered at the outbreak of war, for the British Expeditionary Forces.

Molly is intent on running the general store with the help of her retired father, Bill Keen and ex-proprietor of the business. But after the building is hit during a bombing raid and Bill is severly injured, Molly faces difficult times. Alone in the hospital corridor as Bill is treated, Molly tries to keep positive. But the Blitz is well underway and she is forced to take shelter in the hospital’s basement. It’s here, as the bombs fall around docklands, that Molly meets Andy Miller and his two young children, Evie and Mark. An unlikely friendship begins as Molly offers the homeless group safe lodgings for the following night, and soon their lives are entwined, bringing unexpected joy and heartache for them all.

Highland Sisters by Anne Douglas (26 Oct 2017)
highland sisters
When Lorne Malcolm runs away on her wedding day, her sister Rosa’s life is turned upside down.

1910. It’s the morning of beautiful eighteen-year-old Lorne Malcolm’s wedding to handsome Daniel MacNeil, but when her older sister Rosa returns from a trip to the flower shop, Lorne has disappeared.

A shocked Rosa, her father, Greg, and Daniel must come to terms with the fact that Lorne has run off to Ireland with wealthy landowner’s son, Rory Thain. Jilted on his wedding day, a devastated Daniel turns to Rosa for comfort. Despite her initial misgivings, Rosa’s feelings for Daniel grow and the pair are soon married. But have Daniel’s feelings for Lorne really gone away? Can the newly married couple put the past behind them? Rosa may seem to be embarking on a bright new future, but she will have to deal with tragedy and heartbreak on her own road to happiness.

Shattered Memories by V C Andrews (31 Oct 2017)
shattered memories
In this finale of the darkly gothic Mirror Sisters trilogy, one twin fears her reunion with sister dearest–from the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina (now Lifetime movies). For fans of Ruth Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10) and Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies).

They share an unbreakable bond…

An inescapable bond.

As identical twins, Haylee and Kaylee Fitzgerald have always done things in exactly the same way. Under their mother’s guidance their every outfit, every meal, and every thought was identical.

But now things are different.

With Kaylee back at home after her sister’s betrayal, her life has been turned inside out. Both her mother and Haylee are away and Kaylee’s alone and more lost than ever. Her father suggests going to a new school where she can have a fresh start, and where no one will know about her dark past. But if Kaylee knows her sister at all, she knows that her twin isn’t through with her yet…

A Sister’s Bond by Kay Brelland (2 Nov 2017)
a sister's bond
North London, November 1913. The storm clouds of war gather overhead, while one brave girl fights to save her family . . .

After her mother dies, Livvie Bone knows it’s down to her to support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green in 1913 is hard and full of danger, and one night she needs protection herself. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie can’t help but be drawn to him in spite of his unsavoury reputation.

Then Livvie is offered the chance to work at the Barratt’s Sweet Factory. Suddenly she has a chance to better herself – and to offer her family a way out. Livvie’s fragile beauty hides a formidable strength of character, and it doesn’t take long for the factory manager, Lucas, to notice her. He is a man of the world, a sophisticated, compelling character and he can open doors to the kind of life Livvie has only dreamed of. But time is running out, for war is approaching, sweeping everything and everyone up in its remorseless path.

What will Livvie choose – and who will come back to her when the fighting ends?

 

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