WorldCat Identities

Bradshaw, Rita

Overview
Works: 13 works in 80 publications in 1 language and 1,788 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Sagas  Christmas stories  War fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6102.R33, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Rita Bradshaw
Beyond the veil of tears by Rita Bradshaw( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An only child, 15-year-old Angeline Stewart is heartbroken when her beloved parents are killed in a coaching accident and she is given into the care of her uncle. Naïve and innocent, Angeline is easy prey for the handsome and ruthless Oswald Golding, who is looking for a rich heiress to solve the money troubles his gambling and womanizing has caused. On her wedding night, Angeline enters a nightmare from which there is no awakening. Oswald proves to be more sadistic and violent than she could ever have imagined. On learning she is expecting a child, Angeline makes plans to run away and take her chances fending for herself and her baby. But then tragedy takes over
Born to trouble by Rita Bradshaw( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born into the worst of families in Sunderland's filthy, crime-ridden East End, Pearl Croft's childhood is miserable. Shortly after her violent, drunken father is killed in a fight, Pearl's elder brothers are sent to prison leaving her, still a child herself, to care for her baby brothers. Pearl's mother brings her 'clients' to the house, one of whom has a penchant for little girls...Terrified and hurt, Pearl runs away from home and is found, feverish and near death, by Romany gypsies. But this is far from the end of Pearl's struggles. Years pass, and as Pearl reaches womanhood she begins to wonder if she is simply born to trouble or will she find happiness one day?"--Publisher description
Always I'll remember by Rita Bradshaw( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Abby loses her husband, James, in the war, she joins the Land Army, and with friends Winnie and Rowena, is posted to a farm in Yorkshire. Her cruel and spiteful mother siezes the opportunity to hurt her daughter in a most callous way. When the truth comes to light, Abby will need all her strength to make the right choices
The urchin's song by Rita Bradshaw( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in the 1890s in Sunderland, Josie is no stranger to cold and hunger. But she has a beautiful voice and earns money by singing in pubs. When her father makes her little sister work the streets, Josie takes her and flees to Newcastle, where she starts a new life and in the music halls
Alone beneath the heaven by Rita Bradshaw( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abandoned at birth, Sarah Brown grows up in a 1930's Sunderland orphanage, run by Matron Cox. Upon leaving the home she takes a job as housekeeper where she is more than capable of dealing with her employer's son. When Doctor Rodney comes back into her life, her happiness should be complete
Snowflakes in the wind by Rita Bradshaw( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's Christmas Eve 1920 when nine-year-old Abby Kirby's family is ripped apart by a terrible tragedy. Abby takes her younger brother and runs away to the tough existence of the Border farming community. Years pass. Abby becomes a beautiful young woman and falls in love, but her past haunts her, casting dark shadows. With her heart broken, Abby decides to make a new life as a nurse. When the Second World War breaks out, she volunteers as a QA nurse and is sent overseas, but becomes a prisoner of the Japanese. Abby realizes that whatever has gone before is nothing compared to what lies ahead
Beyond the veil of tears by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As an only child, 15-year-old Angeline Stewart is heartbroken when her beloved parents are killed in a coaching accident and she is given into the care of her uncle. Naive and innocent, Angeline is easy prey for the handsome and ruthless Oswald Golding who is looking for a rich heiress to solve the money troubles his womanizing has caused. On her wedding night, Angeline enters a nightmare from which there is no awakening. Oswald proves to be more sadistic and violent than she could ever have imagined. On learning she is expecting a child, Angeline makes plans to run away and take her chances fending for herself and the baby. But then tragedy takes over
Born to trouble by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into the worst of families in Sunderland's filthy, crime-ridden East End, Pearl Croft's childhood is miserable. Shortly after her violent, drunken father is killed in a fight, Pearl's elder brothers are sent to prison leaving her, still a child herself, to care for her baby brothers. Pearl's mother brings her "clients" to the house, one of whom has a penchant for little girls ... Terrified and hurt, Pearl runs away from home and is found, feverish and near death, by Romany gypsies. But this is far from the end of Pearl's struggles. Years pass, and as Pearl reaches womanhood she begins to wonder if she is simply born to trouble or will she find happiness one day?
Skylarks at sunset by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hope is just a child when she's orphaned, and as she grows up her dream is always to have a family of her own. So when she meets and falls in love with Daniel Fallow, son of a successful businessman, she's quick to accept his proposal of marriage. As the Depression worsens, Daniel is persuaded to join the family business, unaware of his father's dodgy dealings. Tragedy is just around the corner, and worse is to come when war is declared in 1939. As Daniel leaves to fight and their children are evacuated, Hope wonders if she will ever have all her family around her again
Gilding the Lily by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lily and Sarah Brown's childhood is an unhappy one. Sarah escapes by marrying Ralph Turner, a Sunderland dock worker, but Lily doesn't trust Ralph - a dark volatile man with a hidden cruel streak. When he tries to seduce Lily on his wedding day, her worst fears are confirmed. Ralph's younger brother John is cut from a different cloth, though, and Lily is increasingly drawn to him. But just when Lily sees a future for them, a terrible incident destroys her happiness. Heartbroken, Lily agrees to accompany the family she works for as a nursemaid to New York. As Lily boards RMS Titanic little does she realise that her decision will change the course of her life for ever
Break of dawn by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each day brings a new beginning ... Her mother's death in childbirth leaves Sophy Hutton at the mercy of her cruel aunt and uncle, and her childhood is brutal. At sixteen, Sophy learns the shocking truth behind her birth and escapes to London to pursue a career as an actress, determined to put the past behind her. But life for women at the turn of the century is fraught with danger and Sophy soon discovers the darker side to London's glamorous theatres. Young and innocent, she doesn't recognise the man who really loves her when he appears; instead she is charmed into marrying handsome actor Toby Shawe, a flawed and amoral individual. Then the heartache really begins
Eve and her sisters by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following their father's death in a mining accident, sisters Eve, Mary and Nell journey to the Michaelmas fair at Gateshead to be put up for hire - it is that or face the workhouse. Eve, who has looked after her younger sisters since their mother's death, cannot bear the thought of them being separated so she is indebted to innkeeper, Caleb Travis, when he takes pity on her and agrees to hire them all
The colours of love by Rita Bradshaw( Recording )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

England is at war, but nothing can ruin Esther Wynford's happiness at marrying Monty Grant. Their short honeymoon results in a baby, but on the birth of her daughter, Joy, Esther's world falls apart. Esther's dying mother confesses to a dark secret: Esther is not her natural daughter but the result of an exchange of babies after her own child was stillborn. Esther's real mother was being forced to give up her baby to an orphanage, and Joy's birth makes the reason clear. Harshly rejected by Monty, she takes her precious baby and leaves everything and everyone she's ever known, determined to fend for herself and her child. But her fight is just beginning
 
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Born to trouble
Alternative Names

controlled identityBrooks, Helen, 1949-

Bradshaw, Rita Margaret 1949-

Languages
English (79)

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Always I'll rememberThe urchin's songAlone beneath the heaven