Most widely held works by Anne Dover
The silent lady by Catherine Cookson ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 100 libraries worldwide
The silent lady who presented herself at the firm of London solicitors was clearly a vagrant. But when Alexander Armstrong, the firm's senior partner, learned her name everyone was amazed at his reaction. For Irene Baindor had a past, and her emergence is to signal the unravelling of a mystery that had baffled Armstrong for years.
Hidden talents by Erica James ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
The members of Hidden Talents, a creative writing group, learn to open up to each other a little bit.
Travels without my aunt in the footsteps of Graham Greene by Julia Llewellyn Smith ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 89 libraries worldwide
Come rain or shine by Susan Sallis ( Recording )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
A poignant and unforgettable story of the particularly close friendship that women enjoy, and of the complications that can arise when friends meet again after many years have passed.
Friends forever by Lyn Andrews ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
Best friends Bernie and Molly leave Ireland for Liverpool. They find their new life full of love and excitement and tragedy. Reinforcing the bond between them.
The girl from number 22 by Joan Jonker ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
A dramatic and heart-warming story of courage and friendship in a close-knit community For Ada Fenwick and Hetty Watson it is the end of an era. Eliza Porter, their neighbour for nigh on 60 years, has decided it's time to leave Number 22. As the entire street turns out to say goodbye, Ada and Hetty wonder anxiously who the next tenants will be. When the new family move in, they seem quiet and respectable. Ada and Hetty hold out the hand of friendship, while Ada's son Danny can't help but notice the pretty girl from Number 22. But all is not what it seems. Behind the closed door and drawn curtains, Tom Phillips is a cruel, bullying drunkard, causing his wife and children to live in fear of his violent attacks. When Ada and Hetty find out what he's like, they rally the neighbours to help protect the family from the drunken rotter. Then, in an unexpected twist, fate steps in and takes a hand.
A mother's love by Lyn Andrews ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Eve Dobson and her husband Eddie have been running the George pub in the backstreets of Liverpool for over twenty years. It's never been easy but it's not been a bad life, with three nearly grown daughters fed and clothed out of the takings. But now the Depression is taking hold and money is in short supply for everyone. It's galling for Eve that the barmaid they can barely afford spends the day making eyes at Eddie and flirting with the customers rather than pulling her weight behind the bar. When Eddie's flirtation with the hired help takes an unexpected turn, everything changes. Suddenly all the decisions are Eve's to make, while the brewery watches and waits. And there are other surprises in store, which will leave none of Eve's family untouched and will call on all the strength of a mother's love.
A song at twilight by Lilian Harry ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
It is 1941 and at quiet Harrowbeer, in Devon, a new airfield has been built. Its noise and its population have a massive impact on the peaceful villages nearby - an impact that will affect some inhabitants for the rest of their lives. Alison Knight, married to pilot Andrew and newly pregnant, comes to be with her husband in the nearby picturesque village of Buckland Monachorum. Renie Wilkins, a WAAF from Portsmouth, is posted to Harrowbeer, first as a parachute packer and then to work in the Operations Room. Even local girl May Prettyjohn finds herself caught up in RAF life, watching the aircraft take off on their dangerous missions and waiting for the same number of planes to come back. This, however, is war - and not all the aircraft return. But throughout all the joys, troubles and anguish of love and war, the work of the airfield will go on.
Holy fools by Joanne Harris ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
In seventeenth-century France, against a backdrop of witch trials, regicide and religious frenzy, Juliette finds herself seeking refuge among the sisters of the remote abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-Mer. Once an actress and rope dancer, forced to abandon the travelling life, Juliette makes a new life for herself and her young daughter, Fleur. But she may not be safe forever. Times are changing; politically and socially with the murder of the King, Henri IV; and closer to home with the appointment of a new Abbess and a ghost from the past in the shape of Guy LeMerle, a man that Juliette had every reason to fear and hate...
Seeking Catherine Cookson's "Da by Kathleen Jones ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Catherine Cookson said that the shame of her illegitimacy was the driving force behind her compulsion to write. She claimed not to know who her father was but allowed people to believe that he was an aristocrat. Kathleen Jones has at last discovered the truth about the elusive "Alexander Davies" named on Cookson's birth certificate, revealing a story as surprising and compelling as one of Cookson's own novels. This is a story of terrible poverty and of the long years of damage visited on three families by the lies and evasions of one charming man. But it is also a story of reconciliation. Cookson's greatest biographer brings the story of her subject's life, and of the pain that made her, to a final and deeply moving conclusion.
Tuppence to spend by Lilian Harry ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Dan Hodges is devastated when his wife dies during the early days of the war. Working long hours in a shipyard, how is he to look after his two sons, Gordon and Sammy? Then Gordon is sent to an approved school, leaving young Sammy alone in the house until neighbours in April Grove intervene.
The birthday party by Elvi Rhodes ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Poppy's family is gathering to celebrate her eightieth birthday. Her children, grandchildren and even one great-grandchild are converging on her Sussex home. As she prepares to welcome them all, her mind goes back over her life - to her tough childhood in Yorkshire, to her mother, who scrimped and saved to bring her up decently, to her three husbands and to Alun, the great love of her life who was taken from her by the war. Yes, she has had a full life - a lot fuller than her family realises. As they toast their beloved matriarch, little do they know what an extraordinary and often shocking life she has led.
The boy who taught the beekeeper to read by Susan Hill ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
Unexpected liaisons, relationships and sympathies, isolated and odd individuals all feature in Susn Hill's lastest collection of short stories.
Pride of Lancashire by Anna Jacobs ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
Carrie Preston is used to hard work - oldest of ten, with an incompetent mother and a drunken father, she struggles to find food for the younger children. But nothing could have prepared her for the day fate deals her family the cruellest of hands, rendering the Prestons more helpless and desperate than ever. In a harsh world, small acts of kindness can bring great hope - Eli Beckett's offer of a job at the Dragon pub promises a better future for Carrie. On top of that, Eli's uncle has offered his nephew some spare land to build a music room. With the great cities of England alive to the sound of music halls, the locals of Hedderby are soon looking forward to their own place of celebration and merriment. But not everyone in the town shares this excitement, and some will stop at nothing in the pursuit of selfish gain.
Yesterday's dreams by Jessica Blair ( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
Colette Shipley has become fascinated by the new art of photography and begins to create a record of her scenic home town of Whitby, with its tall ships and twin lighthouses. One day she encounters Arthur Newton, who shares her passion for the town's unique atmosphere. Their friendship develops but, unbeknown to Colette, Arthur is married with a young child. He has to make a difficult decision: to remain in his secure railway job, or risk the security of his family by becoming a full-time artist. A decision not made any easier by his growing attraction to Colette.
A long and lonely road by Katie Flynn ( Recording )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
A heart-rending tale of one family's journey through war Rose McAllister is waiting for her husband, Steve, to come home. He is a seaman, often drunk and violent. Rose does her best to cope and sees that her daughters, Daisy and Petal, suffer as little as possible. Sensing that war is on the horizon, Steve tries to reform, but on his last night home, he pawns the girls' new dolls to go on a drinking binge. When war is declared, Rose finds a good job but agrees the children must be evacuated. Daisy and Petal are happy at first, but circumstances change and they are put in the care of a woman who hates all scousers and taunts them with the destruction of their city. They run away, arriving home on the worst night of the May Blitz. When Rose arrives home she finds their house utterly destroyed and her neighbours reporting that the children were seen entering the house the previous evening.
The apple tree by Elvi Rhodes ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
The girl from Seaforth Sands by Katie Flynn ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 53 libraries worldwide
Amy Logan's family are poor but proud, but when their mother dies, Amy and her brothers start to run wild. Then things take a turn for the worse when her father marries a woman who forces Amy to be a slave to the chores.
I'll be your sweetheart by Joan Jonker ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Not a day goes by that Molly Bennet and Nellie McDonough count their blessings. Best friends for over 20 years, they are able to watch their happy and healthy family grow up around them. But when an elderly neighbour is robbed, Mollie and Nellie jump at the chance to put their detective skills into action.
When daylight comes by Lyn Andrews ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
The Brennans have a happy marriage and two children, Jess and Patrick, but when the father is lost at sea and their mother is killed soon after, it is left to Jess to make something of the future. Cruelly happiness eludes her for the man she loves is forbidden to her by law.
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