But with the house rented in his name and other accommodation scarce, where on earth can they go?*************Praise for Anna Jacobs:'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. The war in Europe is over. It should be a time of utter joy and celebration. Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house.
He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her. She decides that for the children's sake, she must leave her husband. Luckily judith has found an unlikely ally, a friend to turn to - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town.
The first book in the gripping Rivenshaw Saga, set at the end of World War Two***1945. He wasn't a good father, either. She is one of the best writers of lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times.
But judith knows that when her husband returns, she and her children will be back in the firing line again.
A Time for Renewal: Book Two in the the gripping, uplifting Rivenshaw Saga set at the close of World War Two
On top of these troubles, saving Esherwood proves to be a difficult undertaking for Mayne and Judith. First, he must open it up to some of his long-suffering army friends. In this time of renewal, will the group find a way to rebuild their lives, and the old house, as planned?***********Praise for Anna Jacobs:'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular.
In the town of rivenshaw in lancashire, Mayne Esher has no choice but to turn Esherwood, the war-damaged stately home which has been in his family for generations, into flats. The second installment in the bestselling, set at the end of the Second World War***In the wake of World War Two, the whole country is desperate for houses, uplifting Rivenshaw Saga, with very little money available to rebuild.
. He's waiting for his divorce to go through and has family problems that take him away from Rivenshaw. And it soon becomes clear that the house isn't the only thing which needs rebuilding. Victor is fighting his late wife's rich and arrogant mother for custody of his daughter Betty. She is one of the best writers of lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times.
Rebuilding esherwood won't be easy but with Judith Crossley by his side, Mayne hopes to restore it to its former glory.
A Time to Rejoice: Book Three in the the gripping, uplifting Rivenshaw Saga set at the close of World War Two
A lot of marriages are breaking up in these times of change, and Francis is loathe for his to be one of them. She is one of the best writers of lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph.
But how can he turn down the opportunity of a new life and career in Rivenshaw? Meanwhile in Rivenshaw itself, newly married Mayne and Judith's plans to convert Esherwood house into flats have come to an abrupt halt. While clearing out the house in readiness for the rebuild, they've discovered that someone has been stealing valuables and hiding them in the old Nissen hut.
. But things are not going to plan: mayne isn't answering any of his letters; Francis' wife is having a change of heart about moving up north - and her parents seem set on destroying his reputation. Book three in the beautifully heartwarming rivenshaw saga, set at the end of the second world war***After a stray bomb scored a direct hit on his childhood home in Hertfordshire, the only thing that has kept Francis Brady going while he works day and night salvaging what he can from the rubble is the thought that soon he'll be joining war-time friends Mayne, Daniel and Victor as electrician in their new dream building firm in Lancashire.
. With so much going against them, can these four friends ever turn their dreams into reality?*************Praise for Anna Jacobs:'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. But who hid them there - and are they planning on returning for them? And are they also responsible for something else found in the shelter: a body, buried in a shallow grave.
Gifts For Our Time: Book Four in the the gripping, uplifting Rivenshaw Saga set at the close of World War Two
But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies. The prejudice against germans still runs high in England, and Christa is unable to secure a job or a place to stay. Luck comes her way when a lady she saves from being mugged turns out to be Mayne Esher's friend Daniel's mother. Mayne has also discovered a secret door at the back of the old Nissen hut, with a complicated locking mechanism that has local locksmiths dumbfounded.
Just what is hidden behind the door to warrant such high security? While her will cannot be found, her money-grabbing niece appears out of the blue to claim her inheritance and turfs Christa out, with only a suitcase to her name. Taking pity on christa, they take her to Rivenshaw where they plan to start a new life as part of the Esher building firm.
There christa is welcomed with open arms and she soon develops a love for the place, the people and, Daniel. But esherwood is not the trouble-free sanctuary she first thinks. Germany 1939, and christa sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she'll ever see her beloved mother and father again. Once in england she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had.
But an empire-building town planner seems set on taking all of Mayne's land for the war effort.
Salem Street: Book One in the brilliantly heartwarming Gibson Family Saga
And then her jealous new stepmother throws her out of the house. But she finds work in the local doctor's household, and when her adored childhood friend Matt asks her to marry him, Annie thinks her dreams are coming true. Then suddenly everything turns upside-down. She is one of the best writers of lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times.
Annie's is a happy childhood - until her mother dies, leaving her to bring up her brother and sister. Annie gibson's family is one of the first to move into the brand new terraced houses on Salem Street, built by a mill owner for his workers. The first book in the gripping, uplifting gibson Family saga, Dilly Court, perfect for fans of, Catherine Cookson and 'Call the Midwife'**Lancashire, 1820.
Abandoned and pregnant, will annie ever be able to move into the wider world again?********Praise for Anna Jacobs'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular.
High Street: Book Two in the gripping, uplifting Gibson Family Saga
Can she really be in love? and can she risk trusting any man ever again?**************Praise for Anna Jacobs: 'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. Book two in the gorgeously heartwarming gibson Family series, perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and 'Call the Midwife'**Lancashire, 1845.
Someone is trying to undermine her business; her family have their own ideas about what they want to do with their lives; and several men are persistently trying to win her favour, including Frederick, the mill owner, and Daniel, her childhood friend. As annie gets better acquainted with both, she becomes increasingly confused about her feelings.
But annie's troubles are far from over. She is one of the best writers of lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times. At long last she's realised her dream of opening an elegant dressmaking salon in the mill town of Bilsden - and she is determined to take her father and his second family with her, away from poverty.
Annie gibson can finally leave Salem Street.
Ridge Hill: Book Three in the beautifully heartwarming Gibson Family Saga
And soon, real troubles begin to pile up for the Gibsons. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews. Frederick's daughter is horrified at the prospect of a new, attractive stepmother arriving at the house on Ridge Hill. The only person who seems pleased is Annie's brother Tom.
Because someone has uncovered the secrets she has fought so hard to keep hidden. Annie's son, william, finds out some devastating news about his own father. The third book in the stunning gibson family series, Dilly Court and Catherine Cookson**Lancashire, perfect for fans of 'Call the Midwife', 1848. Tom's happiness is jeopardised bya shocking revelation that turns his world upside down.
Even annie's own family feels threatened. Preparations are under way for Annie Gibson's wedding to Bilsden's wealthy mill owner, Frederick Hallam. Praise for anna jacobs:'anna jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular.
And even Annie's joy cannot last. But not everyone is as pleased as they are.
One Quiet Woman: Book 1 in the heartwarming Ellindale Saga
The idea of a marriage of convenience doesn't please Leah, but she finds Jonah agreeable enough and moving with him to the pretty hamlet of Ellindale may be the only chance of a better life for her sister. 5 stars' - ginger book geek'Yet another brilliant book' - 5-star reader review. His brother jonah, an invalid since being gassed in the Great War, needs a wife.
. Charlie thinks Leah would be perfect for the job. Can the three of them ever look to a brighter future?Further praise for ONE QUIET WOMAN 'A book of family, love, friendship and loyalty. But women's wages are half those of men and pawning the few belongings she has left will only keep their vicious rent collector at bay for a few weeks, so even if she finds a job, they'll lose their home.
5 stars' - stardust book reviews 'i was gripped from the very first word on the very first page and I wasn't released until the last word on the last page. One of the most lovely and heartwarming books I have ever read! 5 STARS' - Between the Pages Lancashire, 1930 Leah turner's father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and since her mother died years ago it falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister.
But other people have plans for the remote Pennine valley, and the two sisters find themselves facing danger in their new life with Jonah. When i finished I felt like I had been through an emotional wringer. Out of the blue charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal.
Hallam Square: Book Four in the brilliantly entertaining and heartwarming Gibson Family Saga
But worries are on the horizon. Frederick has been looking rather pale lately. She has three healthy babies and adores her husband Frederick. And william, her son, isn't happy at university. Book four in the heart-melting gibson family series, Catherine Cookson and 'Call the Midwife'**Lancashire, perfect for fans of Dilly Court, 1858.
. Praise for anna jacobs:'catherine cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews. After years of struggling to make a living in the small town of Bilsden, she's not yet forty, Annie knows she deserves to sit back and enjoy her life - after all, and still in her prime.
Annie hallam has at last found complete happiness. And something much more dangerous is looming - a threat not only to Annie's peace of mind, but to her life. Her brother tom hasn't moved on after the death of his wife. Rebecca, her half-sister, is longing for something more than her work in the salon.
Spinners Lake: Book Five in the stunningly heartwarming Gibson Family Saga
And then a ghost from her past returns from the American Civil War. And he is not the only one who wants to harm the Gibson family. Meanwhile, times are hard in Bilsden and unemployment is rife. Can the secret plans that frederick made for annie on his deathbed bring her hope and happiness once again?**************Praise for Anna Jacobs:'Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph'Anna Jacobs' books have an impressive grasp of human emotions' - Sunday Times'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular.
Annie has to rebuild her life after the worst happens and plans to create Spinners Lake, an extraordinary project that will keep her workers from destitution and assuage her own grief. The final installment in the beautifully heartwarming Gibson Family series, Dilly Court and Catherine Cookson**Lancashire, perfect for fans of 'Call the Midwife', 1860.
On top of that, a spurned suitor of her sister Joanie is determined to have her, whatever the cost. In the mill town of Bilsden, Annie Hallam's husband Frederick is dying. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around' - Historical Novels Reviews.
A Pennyworth of Sunshine: The Irish Sisters, Book 1
And theo mullane, with an ailing baby son, the man who loves her, is married, so cannot follow her as he longs to. Mark gibson leaves Lancashire to avoid marriage. But gold prospecting is a dangerous pursuit, and when his gentle young wife dies in childbirth, his father-in-law kidnaps the baby. Love can cross oceans.
. So mark runs away again, this time to Western Australia, where he employs Keara in his country inn. But danger threatens them all, even in the bush, Theo comes looking for the woman he loves, as Keara searches for her lost sisters, and Mark at last confronts his past. What readers are saying about a pennyworth of sunshine'i couldn't put it down' - 5 stars'An excellent read from start to finish' - 5 stars'Brilliant, as always.
. Keara michaels doesn't want to leave her family in Ireland, but fate sends her first to Lancashire, then across the sea to Australia, pregnant and penniless. Anna jacobs never fails to keep the story line motivated, gripping, and endearing' - 5 stars.