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The Girls of Victory Street: An Absolutely Heartbreaking World War 2 Family Saga

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Summary

From Amazon best seller Pam Howes comes an emotional World War Two saga about three young women whose bravery and friendship will see them through the darkest times.  Liverpool, 1939. Bella Rogers thought her life was just starting; she can’t wait to get married to her childhood sweetheart, Bobby. But when war is declared and Bobby is called up, his letters stop, leaving Bella heartbroken and alone. Then her family is torn apart by tragedy when her angelic 5-year-old sister dies from a terrible illness. They can barely afford a funeral, but the church is packed with the entire community, devastated for their loss.  Grieving for her sister and lost love, Bella finds a job at the Bryant and May factory, making matches. As bombs begin to fall, Bella gets the workers singing, keeping spirits high amidst the fear. When she meets a handsome American airman, Earl Franklin Jr, Bella’s heart finally starts to mend. Earl encourages her passion and soon she and her friends are offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel the country’s army bases, entertaining the troops and singing for victory. They name themselves The Bryant Sisters.  Just as her life is getting back on track, Bella finds herself pregnant - and Earl reveals a shattering secret that changes everything about their future. Desolate, she flees home to Liverpool, but as an unmarried mother, will her family reject her? And, as she faces a terrible sacrifice, will she ever sing with The Bryant Sisters again?  A heartbreaking historical novel about women in wartime, friendship, family and hope. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Wives of War.

©2020 Pam Howes (P)2020 Bookouture

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Wedding Bells on Victory Street

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From Amazon best seller Pam Howes comes a heartbreaking World War Two novel about a young woman trying to make the best of history’s darkest hour. Is a happy ever after impossible?  Liverpool, 1943. For Bella Rogers, life is looking up. She loves performing with The Bryant Sisters, the trio of singers who have become the country’s sweethearts, putting a smile on the faces of the brave boys fighting the Nazis. But then tragedy strikes when a telegram arrives: Bella’s beloved father has been killed in France.  Unlike her poor Mam, Bella has someone to share her grief with. Her childhood love Bobby is home from the war. He lost a leg, but she counts her blessings every day that he’s alive when so many young men haven’t made it back. Bella longs to give her heart to Bobby, but she is hiding a secret that may change their lives forever. Will he still love her if she reveals the truth?  But when bombs screech down on Victory Street in the middle of the night, blowing houses apart, Bella may lose both the home she loves and the family that means everything to her. With so much loss around her, will Bella be brave enough to snatch her chance of happiness? And when the war is finally over, will wedding bells ring out on Victory Street again?  An utterly heart-wrenching historical novel that will have you completely hooked. You’ll lose yourself in this gorgeous wartime story of love, loss, and family secrets. Perfect for fans of Wives of War, Nadine Dorries, and Nancy Revell.  Listeners absolutely adore Pam Howes!  "Pulled me in and made it utterly impossible for me to put down. A heartbreaking story.... I really haven’t been able to put this one down and found I had devoured the entire book in just one sitting. It really did pull me in. I have loved this book so much, I wish I could give it five hundred stars." (Little Miss Book Lover 87) "I absolutely loved this book, loved the flow of the story, loved the characters and loved getting lost into another world while reading it.... A heartbreaking story but one that gets you so engaged in it you cannot put it down.... Will keep you reading and enjoying right to the very last page, where you will be disappointed that it hasn’t carried on, and on.... And will desperately want more." (Vicki I Love Reading UK) "The story pulled at my heartstrings.... Within a few chapters I was hooked and could feel myself experiencing the air raids, the damp dark basements and the sadness of loss and grief alongside all the characters.... I wiped tears away…and have laughed and smiled along with them. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.... If you love a really good wartime saga, then this is definitely the book for you! I loved it, and would highly recommend it!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

©2020 Pam Howes (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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The Shop Girls of Lark Lane

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A heart-wrenching family saga about the strength of friendship and the costs of war.  Liverpool, 1945. As the war draws to a close, Alice and Terry Lomax are building a new life with their young daughter Cathy. After years away fighting, Terry is a stranger to his daughter and must work hard to win her trust and love. Alice and old friend Sadie work in the haberdashery of Lewis’s department store, where bomb damage scars the walls and rationing is still in force.  Though memories of those lost in the war are fresh, Alice and Sadie look forward to the future. But then a tragic accident leaves Alice a widow, and the father of Sadie’s child – a man she hoped never to see again – is back in Liverpool....

©2018 Pam Howes (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Author: Pam Howes
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Nurses of Lark Lane

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Liverpool, 1955. With her abusive husband drinking all her wages, Alice faces a daily struggle to provide for her family. Her eldest daughter, Cathy, has always longed to be a nurse, but when poverty means she’s forced to leave school and get a job it looks like her dreams are over. But Cathy isn’t willing to give up, and with the support of old friend - and new love - Gianni, she manages to secure a place as a cadet nurse.  Now, though, her mam must stand up to her violent husband alone - and with less money coming in, Alice will be in danger of losing everything.  What’s more, since nursing students must be unmarried, and Gianni is desperate to settle down, it’s not just her mam who hopes that Cathy will come home.... Can Cathy find a way to have it all, or will becoming a nurse mean leaving her family - and love - behind?   The Nurses of Lark Lane is a heartbreaking saga about a family’s battle to survive.

©2019 Pam Howes (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Author: Pam Howes
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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The Midwives of Lark Lane

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All’s fair in love and war…but what happens when the war is over?  After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find.  Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own, Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.   As her granny’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her grandmother dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honor her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.   Just as Cathy and her friends are about to open their doors to the first expectant mothers, Jack is spotted in Liverpool. It’s only a matter of time until her cruel stepfather catches up with her, determined to pay her back for getting him locked up in prison. Can Cathy keep herself and her grandmother’s legacy safe, and see Jack sent away for good at last?   The Midwives of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching saga about how the best friendships can help you through the worst of times. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe, and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes! 

©2020 Pam Howes (P)2020 Bookouture

Author: Pam Howes
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Lost Daughter of Liverpool

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Liverpool, 1946: the blackout blinds may be coming down, but one family is about to face devastating misfortune. Dora Evans is finally marrying the love of her life, and her dreams of opening a dressmaking business look as if they might come true. With twin daughters on the way, Dora has everything she's ever wanted. But then tragedy strikes: one of Dora's babies dies in infancy, and a catastrophic fire changes their lives forever. Can Dora save herself, her marriage and her daughter? A heartbreaking and gripping story of love, loss and hope. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Rosie Archer.

©2017 Pam Howes (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Author: Pam Howes
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The Liverpool Girls

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The Liverpool Girls is a heartbreaking and compelling story of family, loss and love from the best-selling author of The Lost Daughter of Liverpool and The Forgotten Family of Liverpool. Perfect for fans of Annie Groves, Anne Baker and Kitty Neale. Sisters Carol and Jackie haven't had the easiest of childhoods, but as they grow up and begin their own lives, both hope for happier times ahead. Stylish Carol works in Lewis' department store while Jackie dreams of a career on the stage. But the sisters are heartbroken when they discover they have been dating the same man, and an unexpected pregnancy causes a rift between them. As the sisters' troubles spiral, will their sisterly bond be destroyed forever?

©2017 Pam Howes (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Author: Pam Howes
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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The Forgotten Family of Liverpool

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Liverpool, 1951: Dora Rodgers is settling into a new life with her daughters Carol and Jackie, moving on from the betrayal of her husband. But then an unexpected knock at the door rips her family in two. Carol is taken away by a welfare officer to live with Dora's estranged husband, Joe. Dora is determined to fight for her child, but she struggles to cope when shocking news from Joe breaks her heart once more.

©2017 Pam Howes (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Author: Pam Howes
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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The Factory Girls of Lark Lane

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A heart-wrenching family saga about women in World War 2, the strength of friendship, and hope. 1940, Liverpool: Alice Turner and her best friend, Millie Markham, work for the war effort at Rootes munitions factory, making shell caps and Halifax bombers. Alice’s sweetheart, Terry, is home from the front for a brief period of leave. But the honeymoon is soon over. Terry must go back to the dangers of Nazi-occupied France, and the ever-present air raid sirens quickly bring Alice back down to earth.  When a terrible explosion at the factory leads to a tragic death, Millie receives devastating news, and a loved one is announced missing in action, the heartbreak of war is suddenly all too real. Alice must believe Terry will make it home to keep up her strength. Her mother and Millie need all her support, and morale at the factory is at an all-time low. Can Alice and Millie help one another make it through these dark times, even as the war stretches on with no sign of an ending?

©2018 Pam Howes (P)2019 W. F. Hows Ltd

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Author: Pam Howes
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible