Two evacuees. One caring mother. One World War. Rosie Goodwin's heart-breaking wartime saga, Moonlight and Ashes, is a warm and compelling read, and is sure to stay with you long after you have finished the last page. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Pam Evans. 'Not only is Goodwin's characterisation and dialogue compelling, but her descriptive writing is a joy' - Nottingham Evening Post Despite being trapped in an abusive marriage, Maggie still feels blessed with her eight-year-old twins, Danny and Lizzie, and baby girl, Lucy. But when the Second World War begins it seems that her blessings may have run out. Although the war lets her escape her husband when he's sent to the front, she must also lose the twins, as they're evacuated to North Wales. Lizzie seems to be in the perfect family, while Danny is left with a man who seems to resent his presence. But appearances can be deceptive, and while Maggie struggles to survive the bombings at home, her children face danger of a different kind. What Amazon readers are saying about Moonlight and Ashes: 'Once again Rosie has written another gripping tale with fantastic plots, events and realism. You won't be able to put the book down as you will want to find out what happens to Maggie, her children and the people that surround her life as they deal with the Coventry Blitz in World War 2. Rosie Goodwin is an author you can trust to deliver and every single novel she has produced has given millions of readers' great pleasure' 'I have just finished this wonderful book and I have to say it's the best book I have read in a very long time. The characters are so believable and life like, I just didn't want to put it down! Well done Rosie!'
Three girls all turn up for work, the day war is declared... Dotty has never known a life outside of the orphanage where she grew up, let alone love. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister, now that her brother has gone to war. Annabelle has led a life of privilege but everyone has to pinch the pennies at the moment. Adjusting to life on the shop-floor at Coventry's only department store is hard enough, but then the bombs begin to fall... As the devastating effects of war come to bear on the three women, their bond deepens. One thing's for certain, the girls are going to need each other. Praise for Rosie Goodwin: 'Goodwin excels in writing about relationships, the hardships of life, the ties of family and the joys of love and friendship.' Lancashire Evening Post 'Rosie is a talented storyteller.' Dee Williams
To escape her past, a young woman asks for help in the wrong place... Forsaken is a harrowing and compelling saga of triumph over tragedy that will not easily be forgotten, from Kindle No. 1 bestselling author, Rosie Goodwin. Perfect for fans of Josephine Cox and Lindsey Hutchinson. Born on a Friday, Sophie Winters has always been a loving and giving child, who'd do anything for her family. Yet her father, Bill, has always seemed to resent her. For her mother's sake, Sophie learns to live with Bill's animosity - until the night he drunkenly forces himself upon her. Left pregnant and ashamed at seventeen, Sophie doesn't know where to turn. So when she meets the charming Ben Lewis and he offers her refuge at his mother's hotel, she accepts. At first it seems that Ben and his mother are quite the good Samaritans. But there is little goodness in the Lewis' hearts. As Sophie realises their dark intentions, a web of danger and deceit wraps itself around her. She knows if she is to survive, she will have to fight for all she's worth... What Amazon readers are saying about Forsaken: 'A fantastic novel!... The characters that have been created are lively and rounded... Once you start to read Forsaken you will not be able to put it down. It is a real page turner and each chapter leaves you wanting more. The only disappointing thing about the novel is that it ended.' 'It would normally take me a month to read any book but I could not put this book down. It was a story line that held you completely with the character Sophie, wishing you could help her yourself. The ending of the book was so unexpected and made me cry... well done Rosie, this book was amazing. Well worth reading.'
A family pulled apart. A love silenced . . . For as long as Briony Valentine can remember she has been soft on Eddie, the boy next door. But their chance of romance is stifled when the Luftwaffe begin dropping bombs on the midlands. Eddie is called up to serve, as is Briony’s father, tearing her world apart. As the telegrams arrive, all she can do is pray. Despite past disagreements, Briony’s affluent grandparents open their doors to the three Valentine children, offering them the safety of Cornwall – far from the bombs and far from the only world they’ve ever known. Will the Valentine family ever unite, and will Briony ever see Eddie again? A moving, compelling and wonderfully authentic portrait of family life amongst the perils of WWII, from a much-loved author.
A woman's struggle to leave the past behind, and find true happiness. Rosie Goodwin, the Kindle No. 1 bestselling author of No One's Girl, writes a moving saga of love, hope and ultimate fulfilment. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Cathy Sharp. 'Sincerity, warmth and the all too rare skills of a storyteller shine through Rosie Goodwin's writing' - Gilda O'Neill Life has been cruel to Grace Collins. Orphaned as a child, she is raised by her severely religious aunt, Emily. Starved of love, she falls for the first man who shows her affection, Barry Swan. And when Grace falls pregnant, Emily disowns her. Barry and Grace marry and, for a while, she knows happiness. Barry adores her and is a wonderful father, but Grace feels that something is missing. When Barry indulges her passion for ballroom dancing, the gap seems to be filled - until she meets Philip Golding. He sweeps Grace off her feet, showing her what she believes is a better way of life. But as he draws her into a web of deceit, she discovers that all that glitters is not gold... What Amazon readers are saying about Dancing Till Midnight: 'After reading a number of Rosie Goodwin's novels I have come to expect 4 things. 1. Rosie's novels are page turners. You WILL be fighting sleep in order to read another chapter. 2. Good twists that are unexpected and usually kept to the end. 3. The characters are well rounded, real and you really do care about them. Even the 'bad guys' become so wicked and evil that you're wanting to take justice into your own hands! You're so keen to see them get what they deserve. 4. A damn good story.' 'This contains all of Goodwin's trademarks: a gripping story, a fair few twists and turns, and characters that you really care about. Here is a writer who puts their heart and soul into every single word. Dancing Till Midnight is one of those books that will have you reading "just one more chapter", even though you know you should turn off the light. You have been warned!'
A mother and son on the run. A new beginning. A past they cannot escape. An unforgettable saga of love, escapism and intrigue, Rosie Goodwin's The Bad Apple is sure to leave you hungry for more. Perfect for fans of Shelia Newberry and Dilly Court. 'Rosie Goodwin is a born storyteller - she'll make you cry, she'll make you laugh, but most of all you'll care for her characters and lose yourself in her story. An author destined for the top' - Jeannie Johnson Louise Hart has endured a great deal of pain from her callous husband Paul, but one cold December night in 1959 she can take no more. She and her son Davey escape their Coventry high-rise flat and flee to Tanglewood, the dilapidated ivy-clad mansion where her mother Dolly runs an animal sanctuary. Miserable and frightened, Louise longs to turn her back on the past, and create a happy new life for Davey. But Paul is in trouble with men more dangerous than himself. Unable to pay his debts, he blackmails Louise and those who love her, keeping a shadowy presence in their lives. Even the arrival of Charlie Fox, a stranger who becomes a true friend, cannot guarantee that the future will be safe... What Amazon readers are saying about The Bad Apple: 'Rosie's writing style enables you to envision the characters so clearly they seem to be truly alive. She hooks you in and you can't get loose from her gripping words! This story has surprising twists also. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think. I'm a fairly fast reader, but it took 1/2 a box of tissues and nearly an hour for me to get through 3 pages near the end of this book because I couldn't stop sobbing!' 'This is the first book I have read by Rosie Goodwin and to say it's fantastic is an understatement! I couldn't put it down and it had me reaching for the tissues on more than one occasion. It's the most believable and touching book I have ever read'
A desperate act to save her family . . . Dilly is devastated: with her husband unable to work and four children already at home, they cannot afford to feed their new-born baby. Heartbroken, she heads into the night to deliver her baby girl to the Farthing family at the big house. Having just lost their own daughter to measles, the Farthings adopt the baby and offer Dilly a lifeline: a job as a maid. This act of desperation will change the lives of both families irrevocably ? and the onset of WWI even more so. Sons are taken, love is declared, hearts are broken and terrible acts are committed. Through it all, Dilly does everything she can to preserve her family. But when the chance for true love finally comes, will she choose family over her own happiness? A moving and uplifting story of family, loyalty and love, from much-loved author Rosie Goodwin.
Devastated by the death of their mother, their two brothers and their sister, and with their father imprisoned for murder, Ginny and her little brother Charlie lose the only home they've ever known. Charlie is only eight and has a weak chest. He is taken to the workhouse before Ginny has a chance to save him. Lonely and desperate, Ginny finds work at a pie shop - until the unwanted advances of the baker leave her out on the streets. Then she remembers her father's final words - the housekeeper of Lamp Hill Hall will help her. After catching the eye of the house's mistress, she becomes a lady's maid.
When the war forces a Jewish family to flee their home, they must find the strength to survive. A Band of Steel is a moving and compelling wartime saga from Rosie Goodwin, author of Mothering Sunday, The Little Angel and the Kindle No 1. bestselling saga No One's Girl. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Hutchinson and Nadine Dorries. 'A heart-throbber of a story from Goodwin that puts many other so-called emotional blockbusters in the shade' - Northern Echo When Adina and her family are forced to flee Cologne to escape the vicious menace of Nazi Germany in 1938, leaving their luxurious lifestyle is painful. Harder still is finding herself a refugee in a foreign country. But Adina is a compassionate and determined girl and as they settle into a new life in the Midlands she finds the strength to survive. However, her brother and sister aren't so lucky and their family ties are stretched to breaking point. And then Adina runs the risk of losing her family forever when she is drawn towards the one man she should never fall in love with... What Amazon readers are saying about A Band of Steel: 'I was hooked from the very first page. The personalities of the main characters were very credible and the story flowed very well. It was easy to follow without being predictable and I couldn't wait for the next opportunity to pick up the book. Would thoroughly recommend - buy it now!' 'Fantastic book, couldn't put it down. Gripped by the characters, the story, the setting. I haven't read a book that entertained me so much in a long while and I would highly recommend'
'Rosie writes such heart-warming sagas featuring believable characters and well-researched backgrounds and eras' Lyn Andrews 'An absorbing story in the grand tradition of the best saga authors' Margaret Dickinson 'The new Catherine Cookson' Coventry Evening Telegraph Tuesday's child is full of grace . . . Warwickshire, 1910. Pious young Grace Kettle escapes the world of her unsavoury and bullying father to train to be a nun. But when she meets the dashing and devout Father Luke her world is turned upside down. Her faith is tested and she is driven to make a scandalous and life-changing choice - one she may well spend the rest of her days seeking forgiveness for . . . Will delight fans of Dilly Court, Katie Flynn and Catherine Cookson. Have you read Mothering Sunday and The Little Angel, the first two novels in Rosie's Days of the Week collection? 'A wonderful heroine, plucky, determined and warm-hearted. A believable and compelling read' Jennie Felton, author of The Miner's Daughter 'Goodwin is a master of her craft. The perfect book for a cold winter's evening' Lancashire Evening Post 'Goodwin is a fabulous writer' Worcester Evening News
When two floundering young girls find strength and friendship in one another, the path to happiness finally seems tangible... Rosie Goodwin's ebook No. 1 bestselling saga, No One's Girl, is sure to bring a tear to your eye, and a smile to your lips. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Lindsey Hutchinson. '[A] moving, at times tearjerker of a novel... A beautifully woven tale of tangled lives... An author able to balance emotions, especially love, with skill and wise involvement' - Coventry Evening Telegraph Jane Reynolds' father dominates her life. Though she seems a devoted daughter, his cruelty has left her afraid to love. After his sudden death she becomes a virtual recluse, leaving her small farm only to sell the fruit and vegetables she grows. But everything changes on a dark, cold night when she finds a young runaway hiding near her cottage. Alice, too, is unloved and in pain, and as the pair become friends, Jane begins to wonder whether she could offer the girl the loving home she's never had. But dark secrets in both their pasts threaten everything Jane hopes for... What readers are saying about No One's Girl: 'This is the second book of Rosie Goodwin's I have read and all I can say is: I can't wait to read more! Rosie is undoubtedly the best author I have come across recently and I find myself unable to put her books down - even when reaching for the tissues! Her descriptions and ability to tackle difficult subjects is first class. Well done Rosie!' 'I have just finished reading No One's Girl and felt I had to write in to say how much this book surprised and delighted me! Rosie Goodwin has a very rare talent for capturing the voices of all her characters. I do have one warning though, don't take this book into the bath with you unless you are prepared to come out wrinkled like a prune. It is a page turner that you just can't put down and filled with enough surprises to keep you hooked and guessing right up to the very end. All in all, a fantastic read'
An unforgettable tale of a young woman trying to forget her past, and start her life over again. Our Little Secret is a gritty and moving saga of tragedy, hope and learning to love again, from bestselling author Rosie Goodwin. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Lindsey Hutchinson. 'A touching and powerful novel from a wonderful writer' - Bookseller At just twenty years old, Claire McMullen is the new owner of the Seabourne Hotel. She's a mystery to everyone around her - and that's how she wants to keep it. Abused as a child and forced to sell her body to survive, Claire has built a barrier around herself that she is sure no one will ever penetrate. But folks are curious about why such an attractive young woman would move to Blackpool to run a hotel. Where are her friends? Her family? Claire is determined to keep the truth from them all until she attracts the attention of wealthy businessman, Gregory Nightingale, and she finds her past coming back to haunt her... What Amazon readers are saying about Our Little Secret: 'I have read almost all of Rosie's novels and this one IS the best. It has everything. Love, tears, pain, action, emotion and a whole load more' 'This book is more than just a tear jerker. It reads almost like a biography. This book is a MUST for any reader of "saga" type fiction. Rosie's characters are as real as it is possible for them to be. The storyline grabs you and holds you with each turn of the page. In my opinion this is Rosie's best novel yet'
On the outskirts of Nuneaton stands Hatters Hall, a dark forbidding place, once a home for the mentally insane. On a rainy dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at Hatters Hall, not as an inmate but as a worker. There she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land owner, and as their lives became entwined the life Maria had known is destined to change for all time.
To the outside world, Charlotte is the privileged daughter of the local vicar. Behind closed doors, however, she is the prisoner of her controlling father. As she grows up, Charlotte longs for freedom, but her captivating innocence leads her into trouble.