Eleanor and Beatrice dream of lovematches but the Dowager insists romantic love is for housemaids, not for the Graceover women. Beatrice, despatched to London to look over the current crop of bachelors, is unimpressed by the frivolities of the Season. Disturbed by the languid charm of Lord Serle and appalled by the mercenary attitudes to marriage displayed by Society, Beatriceâs country innocence and unconventional behaviour lead her into some alarming situations. Meanwhile, the beautiful and headstrong Eleanor is up to mischief of her own, which is guaranteed to earn the disapproval of her grandmother. A desperate struggle in the potting shed at midnight clears the air; not only does love triumph after all, but the Dowager is not displeased.
Â©1992 Sherry-Anne Jacobs (P)2010 Soundings
Megan thought she had it all - a good job, a caring family and a fiancÃ© whom everyone agreed would make her a wonderful husband. But then her perfectly constructed world fell apart, and she found that her one hope was Professor Jake van Belfeld. He seemed determined to rebuild her life - but why was he taking such a personal interest in her? He couldn't think that her heart needed his attention, too, could he?
Â©1992 Betty Neels (P)2016 Soundings
Sister Maggy MacFergus was tall and she discovered most men found this offputting. When Dr Paul Doelsma offered Maggy a nursing job in Holland, she took it. There was something special about Dr Doelsma and it wasnât just that he was taller than her. She was sensible enough to realise that he would never love her back, after all, Paul said he had already chosen himself a wonderful wife. But who was the lucky girl?
Â©1969 Betty Neels (P)2014 Soundings
In a small seaside town popular with summer visitors, Cecily and Ada run their father's grocery shop. Since their mother left them, they have lived above the shop with Myfanwy, a six-year-old they adopted when her parents died. The business is successful with the assistance of friends and Willie, their hardworking stable boy, and their deliveries extend to the stalls and cafes on the beach, where one stall handler, Peter, becomes a close friend. Love for the sisters brings only heartache. Cecily's wedding is cancelled and a secret revealed changes her life forever. Ada is happily married to Phil until disappointment touches her too. Is the growing business the only part of their life to offer them happiness?
Â©2011 Grace Thompson (P)2011 Soundings
1939. The first London evacuees arrive in St Davidâs Well, homesick and disappointed by the quiet Welsh seaside town. âWait till summer,â Eirlys Price tells brothers Stanley, Harold and Percival Love. Foreign travel is no longer feasible, so holidays at home enjoy a new lease of life. For the Castle family, this is good news. They have owned Piperâs CafÃ© on the beach for three generations and business is expected to boom. But family disagreements threaten to cast a shadow. Anyone who marries into the family is expected to help with the business, and Eirlys happily sees that this will happen to her should she marry Johnny Castle. But it appears that this is not welcomed by all of the Piper clanâ¦
Â©2000 Grace Thompson (P)2012 Soundings
Cecily and Ada Owen's shop is very successful. Their reliable deliveries and service is valued by cafÃ©s, tea stalls, and shops on the Pleasure Beach during the summer months. However, things turn sour when Ada's husband, Phil Spencer, comes out of prison a very strange and dangerous man. And Myfanwy, Cecily's daughter, denied for too long, is planning a cruel revenge. Unaware, Cecily and Ada hand over most of their business to Myfanwy during the difficult years of World War II. Is it too late for the Owen sisters to survive? Or can they celebrate the end of the war with hope in their hearts?
Â©2011 Grace Thompson (P)2012 Soundings
Althea, Cressida and Phoebe have been friends since their schooldays. Now a successful artist, Cressida has never married. Phoebe has a career as an actress, but she has always given priority to her married lover, and never achieved stardom. Only Althea ever married, swept off her feet by businessman Geoffrey Lewis. As is their custom every summer, the Lewises are preparing for their annual fÃªte. Althea is delighted when Phoebe suggests they might like to engage the services of a fortune teller, Madame Tokoly. What seems like an excellent addition to the fÃªte turns out to be unnerving and unwelcome when the fortune teller's dire predictions for Geoffrey's future prove uncannily accurate, and his life becomes increasingly endangered...
Â©2009 Claire Lorrimer (P)2010 Soundings