An Uncertain Heart

An Uncertain Heart

Belgium, 1917. At a military hospital in Poperinge, close to the horrors of the front line, Sister Helen Chalmers strives tirelessly to save the many injured soldiers brought in from battle. The hardships of war and the need for comfort throws Helen into the arms of the eminent surgeon Captain Richard Carson - although she knows a romance with a married man will never last. It's not long before Helen is swept off her feet by Captain James Havers, a man with whom she can see a future.

When James is injured in the fighting, he is sent back to Britain to recover. But it's soon clear his injuries are more than just physical; the violence of warfare has left him a changed man. Helen must summon what strength she can to help the man she loves overcome the lasting and devastating effects of war.

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The Docklands Girls

The Docklands Girls

Spring, 1944. Working as a supervisor on a production line for planes, Hildy believes she is doing her part to help with the war effort. But troubles at home, with her dependent and overly-protective mother, make it harder for her to find happiness as she hides her relationship with an American GI.

Meanwhile, Cora has lost both her parents in the Blitz and is still reeling from the devastating loss. Along with her friend, Belle, the two young women turn to the dark streets of Southampton to work on the game, wishing to raise enough money for a new beginning elsewhere and put their pasts behind them.

For all three women, the war provides challenges and hardships that they will only emerge from by maintaining courage, strength and, above all, hope.

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Brides Of War

Brides Of War

1947. Excited and in love Gracie Brown leaves her home in England and moves to America with her husband Jeff. With little money and no job prospects, the couple move in with Jeff's parents whilst they find their feet in a land where promise seems to only come to those who start off far better than they have. Rich and stylish Valerie Brampton has just arrived in New York to move into her new swish apartment with American husband Captain Ross Johnson. When Valerie discovers more about Ross' life as she meets more of his family she's left feeling increasingly isolated.

Uprooted from their lives in England, GI brides Gracie and Valerie must face up to their new surroundings and overcome the troubles that come their way in order to be with the men they love.

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Games Lovers Play

Games Lovers Play

Nineteen-year-old Connie Morgan works in the haberdashery department of a large Southampton store, and is in love with her married boss. But everything changes when she's swept off her feet at a local dance by dashing young car mechanic, Sam, who introduces her to the exciting new world of motor racing.

Having fallen head over heels for Sam, Connie is anxious to end her adulterous affair with John Baker. But John isn't going to let her go that easily, and Connie knows that if Sam ever finds out about her relationship with a married man, he will end everything, dashing all her dreams.

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Fathers Daughter

Fathers Daughter

Victoria Teglia, recently demobbed from the WRNS, returns to her home town wondering what on earth she’s going to do as a civilian. Her problem is solved when she becomes a partner in the new Club Valletta.

The new club was to be run legitimately for members only, but Lily, Victoria’s mother, was worried that the club would make her daughter as notorious as her father had been. When Victoria becomes involved with Johnny Daniels whose father is a member of the London underworld, it seems as if her fears are not misplaced. Will Victoria become part of the same world as her father before her?

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Guilty Pleasures

Their Guilty Pleasures

If you follow your heart, there is always a price to pay

1940s. War alters lives, and for three women from different walks of life, the choices they make will change everything forever. For housewife Jenny, her husband's word is law. But when he enlists, she finds her voice, and a new friendship with a young GI that becomes her guilty pleasure. Vibrant Rusty Dobbs is a prostitute, making a good living, but when she falls for an American captain she hides her job from him. And finally there is Sarah, a teenager who is drawn to Gunter, a prisoner of war - the enemy.

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The Reluctant Sinner

The Reluctant Sinner

On the eve of the First World War, 18-year-old Daisy Gilbert is the star seamstress at a prestigious gown shop in Southampton.

Hard-working and well-liked by customers, she has also started to take on a few private clients to supplement her family's meagre finances. When her beloved father, ill with TB, is advised a stay at a private nursing-home, Daisy determines that she will find the money to pay for it. So a suggestion from one of her clients that she should work evenings as a barmaid at one of the town's upmarket brothels, is tempting. Young, innocent and beautiful, Daisy proves popular with the Club's clientele. But with success come further temptations, and danger too from some of the town's less-reputable inhabitants. Will Daisy be able to care for her father, and preserve her own virtue?

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Born To Dance

Born To Dance

An engaging historical saga from a much-loved author

1934. Talented eighteen-year-old dancer Bonny Burton joins the chorus at Southampton's Palace of Varieties and becomes fast friends with gifted choreographer Rob Andrews. When the pair are spotted by a talent scout, they are contracted to appear in the West End. Soon, Bonny becomes the darling of the theatrical world, but when she falls for a handsome boxer, he brings trouble to her life, and at the height of her fame, her career is put in jeopardy. Can she survive the consequences that fate has cruelly tossed her way?

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A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Twenty-three year-old Kathy Bates is happily looking forward to an idyllic future with fiance Jimmy Greene. But love, lust and betrayal threaten to destroy her dream.

Maisie is pretty and very flirtatious. Kathy finds herself constantly looking out for her younger sister, especially as Southampton floods with young servicemen on their way to Europe to face the enemy. Kathy reluctantly spend more and more time with Maisie's friends, and after putting herself in danger to protect her sister she becomes the victim of a horrible rape. Terrified and deeply ashamed, Kathy tells no one. But when she discovers she is pregnant, her loyalty to her sister as well as her treasured relationship with Jimmy are tested...

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Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

At nineteen, Tilly Thompson dreams of adventure and excitement.

How she longs to travel the world like her boyfriend David, an engineer officer on the Aquitania. But the 1920s is very much a man's world. Her brother Jago worries about Tilly, especially because of Eddie Chapman, the owner of the Blue Pelican Club. A charismatic man of dubious character, Eddie is very interested in the young redheaded Tilly, who dances so well. Tilly's innocent world becomes a dark and dangerous place as her wildness leads her into the shady world of horse racing, the criminal element of Southampton and, finally, grave danger.

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When Somebody Loves You

When Somebody Loves You

A new gripping novel from the Queen of Southampton, June Tate.

It's 1936 and every morning Kingsland Market in Southampton is bustling with shoppers. Elsa Carter, a vivacious young woman, takes pride in her colourful fruit and veg stall and enjoys the friendly banter with the other traders - except for slippery Clive Forbes. Thank goodness she knows her fiance Peter, a cub reporter on a local rag, is a man she can trust. When Peter is sent away for work, Elsa meets Jean-Paul, a devastatingly handsome Frenchman who's selling antiques through Clive's stall. Elsa suspects Jean-Paul's business with Clive may not be strictly above-board, but she finds herself drawn to him - and, to her horror, straight into the path of danger!

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To Be A Lady

To Be A Lady

"But, Dad, I want to be a lady!"

Southampton, 1954. Bryony Travis is the daughter of Dan Travis, a second-hand car dealer who also deals in stolen goods. An avid reader of Tatler magazine, Bryony longs to escape her father's shady associates and meet sophisticated people with good manners. When a wealthy barrister buys a car from her father, she is introduced to his handsome son, James Hargreaves. Through James, Bryony steps up into the high society circles which she has always yearned to be part of and has a fine time, going to Ascot, dining at the Savoy. However, she soon gets a shock when she discovers that the aristocracy and her father's gangland friends aren't as different as she'd imagined...

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Every Time You Say Goodbye

Every Time You Say Goodbye

After a two-year courtship, Kitty Freeman agrees to marry Henry, fulfilling the expectations of both families

But their contented, settled existence is to change when Henry is called up for service in WWII. Being apart shows them what true, passionate love is - Henry falls for a Frenchwoman and Kitty loves Jeff Rider, an American Lieutenant stationed in Southampton. Despite the fact that Henry, away from home, is free to follow his heart, Kitty is plagued by her conscience and the marriage vows she made. As confusion threatens to tear her apart, her loyalty to her family is questioned further, putting her very life in danger. Will she make the right decisions to ensure her future is a happy one?

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For Love Or Money

For Love Or Money

Connie Ryan has wanted to be a star from the age of ten. It is her destiny, of that she is convinced.

But, coming from a working class family, there seems little hope of her achieving her ambition. Then the chance of a lifetime is offered to her when bookmaker Les Baxter, a rich and powerful older man with friends in all the right (and wrong) places, offers to become her benefactor and manager. At just eighteen, Connie has a wise head on her young shoulders and makes sure that Les's interest is strictly business. But as Connie climbs the ladder of success, Les begins to change towards her. Connie's passage along the trail to stardom is stormy and sometimes dangerous until she eventually has to make a choice - will it be love or money?

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Nothing Is Forever

Nothing is Forever

Following the loss of her fiance in WW1, a devastated Flora Ferguson arrives in Southampton, alone and desolate.

With the love of her life gone forever, she determines to devote herself to the street-children who live around the docks and to free them from their poverty and squalor. Flora finds her work wonderfully rewarding, but also finds a new degree of happiness through her friendship with the handsome and dedicated Dr Richard Goodwin - a man who shares her compassion and desire to help. Comforted by their closeness, Flora pushes away the thought that if only Richard weren't married to the spoilt and selfish Lydia, he may have been the one to mend her broken heart…

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Better Days

Better Days

When Gemma's dad walks out and her mother starts bringing strange men home, Gemma seizes the opportunity to be a stewardess on the Queen Mary, voyaging to and from New York. But a chance encounter with a gang boss in the New York docks looks set to jeopardise her newfound happiness.

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For the Love of a Soldier

For the Love of a Soldier

Maggie Evans is living with her parents in Southampton when the GIs arrive in 1943. She's never met anyone like American Steve but when he pulls a knife during a fight, Maggie begins to wonder what other secrets he's concealing. This novel is a gritty saga of love, war and prejudice.

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No One Promised me Tomorrow

No One Promised Me Tomorrow

Lily has devoted her life to the well-being of her daughter, Victoria. When Lily faces losing her business due to financial problems, she risks everything to save the day - only to find herself separated from Victoria and facing prison. The last thing she needs is a man - then Luke enters her life.

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Riches of the Heart

Riches of the Heart

The powerful storytelling of Josephone Cox meets the grit and grime of Martina Cole...

Lily Pickford is just sixteen when her vioilent father throws her out of the house. Her first few nights are open and sleeping rough in Southampton's breezy docklands, but her luck changes when stallholder Rachel Cohen gives her work and a place to stay.
Here she regularly encounters Vittorio Teglia, a local villain who desires her. Her happiness is complete when she meets Tom McCann, a wild Irishman who has eyes only for Lily.
Its a cruel blow when Lily is forced to walk away from her new life, worse still when the only hope of staying alive is to go on the streets and into prostitution. Lily dreads the day that Tom McCann discovers what she's become. A day that dawns all too soon...
Lily is not on the game for long and makes a meagre living singing around the pubs. In desperation, knowing she's lost Tom for ever, she goes to Vittorio, who has promised her so much. But the price she will pay in her search for happiness is a high one.

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© 2016 June Tate