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The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection

5 ratings

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Ralph is not like the other mice at Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for excitement! Now all of his adventures are here in one audio collection! Mouse and the Motorcycle Ralph S. Mouse Runaway Ralph

©1982 Beverly Cleary (P)2007 HarperCollinsPublishers

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The Crossing

20 ratings

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In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time gives us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic Western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth. In the late 1930s, 16-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico. With that crossing he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as heat lightning - a world where there is no order "save that which death has put there". An essential novel by any measure, The Crossing is luminous and appalling, a book that touches, stops, and starts the heart and mind at once.

©1994 Cormac McCarthy (P)2016 Recorded Books

Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
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Down Lambeth Way

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On the eve of war, can she and her family pull through? The Adams family were poor, cheerful and, above all, respectable. There was Mrs Adams, a widow having lost her husband in the Boer War; Boots, the bright one; Tommy, the quiet one; Sammy, a wheeler dealer in the making; and Lizzy. Lizzy was a real pearl - one of the prettiest girls in Walworth. Then Lizzy falls in love it is 1914. War is coming, and everyone is going to be affected. Will the Adams family - gutsy, tough and cheeky - pull through? Down Lambeth Way is the first in Mary Jane Staples' Adams Family series. Their story continues in Our Emily.

©2011 Mary Jane Staples (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
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Dangerous Lady

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Dangerous Lady is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 best seller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This audio edition contains a bonus interview between author and narrator and is a must for fans old and new, and listeners of Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter. Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness.... Special feature: Martina Cole chats with Annie Aldington, who narrates her audiobooks about their favourite characters, books and the world of Martina's novels to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dangerous Lady.

©1992 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
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Lanny

9 ratings

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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 From the award-winning author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers comes a dark, playful, propulsive novel about an ethereal young boy who attracts the attention of a mythical, menacing force. There's a village an hour from London. It's no different from many others today: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land, and to the land's past. It also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a fabled figure local schoolchildren used to draw green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious nap. He is listening to this 21st-century village, to its symphony of talk: drunken confessions, gossip traded on the street corner, fretful conversations in living rooms. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently made the village their home: Lanny. With Lanny, Max Porter extends the potent and magical space he created in Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. This brilliant novel will enrapture listeners with its anarchic energy, with its bewitching tapestry of fabulism and domestic drama. Lanny is a ringing defense of creativity, spirit, and the generative forces that often seem under assault in the contemporary world, and it solidifies Porter's reputation as one of the most daring and sensitive writers of his generation.

©2019 Max Porter (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

Author: Max Porter
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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Five French Hens

1 rating

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The best days of your life might be still to come.... When 73-year-old Jen announces that she is going to marry Eddie, a man she met just a few months previously on a beach on Boxing Day, her four best friends from aqua aerobics are flabbergasted. The wedding is booked and, when the groom decides to have a stag trip to Las Vegas, the ladies arrange a hen party to beat all others - a week in the city of love, Paris. From misadventures at the Louvre and outrageous Parisian cabarets to drinking champagne with a dashing millionaire at the casino, Paris lives up to all their hopes and dreams. But a week can change everything, and the women that come home have very different dreams from the ones who got on the plane just days ago. Funny, fearless and with a joie de vivre that reminds you to live every day like it’s your last. Judy Leigh has once again written the perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Cathy Hopkins, Dawn French and Fiona Gibson.

©2019 Judy Leigh (P)2019 Boldwood Books

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Judy Leigh
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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Backstabber

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The final thrilling showdown between the Mitchells and the Butlers. This is Kimberley Chambers at her heart-stopping best!  One of them has a gun to his head. Who will pull the trigger?  When king of the underworld Vinny Butler goes into business with respected villain Eddie Mitchell, it's a match made in East End legend. Friends and family are treated like gold, enemies like rats - it's the life.  Then mysterious packages arrive, dead creatures and threats. Someone is out for revenge. Who the enemy is, nobody knows; anyone could be taking a pop. The gypsies who cursed Eddie, ghosts from Vinny's past, enemies needing revenge. Even their own flesh and blood? There are some people you should never cross, some who can't forgive or forget.  Who is the backstabber?  At the end of this audiobook continue listening for the exclusive chapter of Queenie, Kimberley Chambers' newest story and the gripping prequel to the brilliant Butler series. 

©2017 Kimberley Chambers (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
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Dance Your Troubles Away

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Pam Evans' heartwarming London saga, Dance Your Troubles Away, is set during the Second World War and is sure to appeal to fans of Katie Flynn and Cathy Sharp. When Polly Pritchard learns that her husband has been killed in action, she brings up their young daughter, Emmie, alone. To make ends meet, she gets a job at the Cherry Ballroom in West London, and it is here that she meets James, a Canadian airman, and they fall in love. But then Polly's husband turns up very much alive.... Life is even harder for Polly after the war. James has gone, her husband is involved in a criminal gang, and their daughter suffers from an illness that leaves her deaf. But Polly's spirit remains strong, and with courage and determination she finds the happiness she and her daughter deserve.

©2017 Pamela Evans (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Pam Evans
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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More Hopes and Dreams

Summary

In 1950, after her marriage went badly wrong, Dolly Taylor returned to Rotherhithe from America. She is now helping her best friend, Penny, to walk again after she contracted polio. Not able to have children of her own, Dolly envies Penny for having a beautiful baby daughter, Gail. Penny's husband, Reg, has set up his own business as a builder and offers Dolly a job in the office. Tony, who was engaged to Dolly before the war, also works for Reg and is still pursuing his childhood sweetheart. Although Dolly lives on close-knit Wood Street, with friends and family around her, will she ever find happiness there?

©2015 Dee Williams (P)2017 Story Sound

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dee Williams
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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Queenie

Summary

The explosive new novel from the number one best seller. Now with an exclusive interview with Kimberley Chambers at the end of the audiobook. Before the Butlers came Queenie.... Whitechapel in the 1930s was not an easy place to be brought up, and when the war came, those with nothing were hit the hardest. Queenie watched her family struggle and learned her lessons the hard way. When she was a little girl, there was one thing Queenie knew - she was going to get out of this.... And then tall, dark and handsome Alfie Butler walks into her life and gives Queenie her ticket out. One rushed wedding later, the real trouble begins. As the Krays make their mark on the East End, Queenie realises what it takes for an East End girl to really succeed. Despite his good looks, Alfie Butler has no backbone, so Queenie looks to her sons. She will make men out of these boys. They won't be weak like their father; they will be as strong as their mother. They will rule the East End, and finally Queenie will get her wish. Her boys - Roy, Vinny and Michael - will make sure their mother's name becomes East End legend.... If you want to find out what happens to Queenie and her boys, there is the first chapter of The Trap - the first in the best-selling Butler series - at the end of this audiobook. 

©2019 Kimberley Chambers (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
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Christmas with the Teashop Girls

Summary

Christmas with the Teashop Girls is a heartwarming and moving story of wartime love, bravery and hope, by the best-selling author of the Woolworths series, Elaine Everest. It is late 1940, and the war feels closer to home than ever for Rose Neville and her staff at the Lyon’s Teashop in Margate. The worry of rationing hangs overhead as the Nippies do their best to provide a happy smile and a hot cup of tea for their customers. When a heavy bombing raid targets the Kent coastline, Lyon’s is badly hit, throwing the future of the cafe into jeopardy. The light in Rose’s life is her dashing fiancé, Capt. Ben Hargreaves, and planning their Christmas Eve wedding. But she must also plan to take two new step-daughters into her life and get on the right side of her wealthy mother-in-law, Lady Diana. Is Rose ready to become a mother so soon?  When Rose’s half-sister, Eileen, makes contact, it seems that Rose’s dreams of having a sibling are coming true at long last. But her friends begin to suspect that something is not right between Eileen and her husband: just what are they hiding? As the Christmas Eve wedding draws near, the bombings intensify in Kent and London, putting everything and everyone Rose loves in danger. Only one thing is for sure: it will be a Christmas she never forgets.... 

©2020 Elaine Everest (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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The Women of Waterloo Bridge

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London, 1940. After her fiancé breaks off their engagement, Evelyn decides to do her part for the war effort by signing up for construction work on Waterloo Bridge. Grieving after her little boy dies in an air raid, Gwen is completely lost when her husband sends their younger children to the countryside for safety. Enlisting as a construction worker, she is partnered with cheerful Evelyn. The two women strike up a heartwarming friendship. Musical prodigy Joan's life has always been dictated by her controlling mother. When an affair nearly ends in scandal, Joan finally takes her life into her own hands. She soon finds work at Waterloo Bridge. Yet there are other troubles for her to overcome.... 

©2020 Jan Casey (P)2021 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Jan Casey
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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A Village Scandal

Summary

The number one Sunday Times best-selling book!  The second book in the dramatic new Village Secrets trilogy from the Sunday Times best-selling author. It was her wedding day...the roses and bluebells were blooming, and their sweet scent was filling the air, so why did Daisy feel the cold fingers of fear run down her spine? Spring in the village, April 1869. It’s spring in Little Creek, and wedding bells are ringing. After their hasty marriage the Christmas before, Daisy Marshall is overjoyed to be finally marrying dashing Jay Fox properly, in front of the whole village. But then, on the evening of their wedding, amid the festivities, Jay disappears. Daisy doesn’t know if Jay is dead or alive, if she’s his wife or his widow. And what’s more, without her husband, she has no means of supporting herself or her household. Refusing to give up hope, Daisy must draw on all her strength and courage - after all, she has people who depend on her. But the secret of Jay's disappearance is more scandalous than she could have ever imagined.... Don’t miss the latest spellbinding story from Dilly Court – the sequel to The Christmas Wedding! 

©2020 Dilly Court (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Outcast Child

1 rating

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Daisy Bacon has an ordinary, happy life living with her family in South London, until tragedy strikes and her mother is killed in a devastating accident. Blaming herself, Daisy retreats into a world of silence, unable to utter a word. When her father remarries, the family home becomes unbearable at the mercy of cruel stepmother Vera. Luckily, Daisy can always count on her cousin Lizzie to bring sunshine to her life. But when shocking truths about Vera come to light, could it bring the possibility of a fresh start for Daisy after all?

©2005 Kitty Neale (P)2019 Story Sound

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kitty Neale
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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No Mercy

1 rating

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Family always come first. Until now.  No more waiting. Tthe new novel from the number one best-selling phenomenon Martina Cole is here, and it's pure Martina gold. No Mercy is a heart-stopping roller-coaster ride of a listen that proves there really is only one Martina Cole.  Diana Davis has been head of the family business since the death of her husband, an infamous bank robber. She's a woman in a man's world, but no one messes with her.  Her only son, Angus, is a natural born villain, but he needs to earn Diana's trust before she'll allow him into the business.  Once he's proved he has the brains to run their clubs in Marbella, he is given what he's always wanted. It's the beginning of a reign of terror that knows no bounds.  But Angus has a blind spot: his wife, Lorna, and their three kids, Angus Junior, Sean and Eilish. And as the next generation enters the business, Angus has a painful truth to learn. Even when it comes to family, he must show no mercy....

©2019 Martina Cole (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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When the Lights Go Down

Summary

It is 1938, and the threat of war looms on the streets of London. But when the lights go down in the cinema aisles, usherette Daisy Blake is transported to a world of glamour and romance. Among the staff there is much merriment, and Daisy soon falls in love with the handsome organist, Al Dawson. Then war is declared, and, just after Al leaves for the front line, Daisy discovers she's pregnant. Her mother is distraught; she doesn't think Al is right for her daughter, and when Daisy's letters to him go unanswered, her mother encourages her to marry John, the cinema's projectionist, to spare her further heartache. As the blitz rages over London and disaster strikes, Daisy's morale is boosted by her work, and her young son, Sam, brings her comfort and joy in the troubled times ahead....

©2016 Pamela Evans (P)2016 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Pam Evans
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Get Even

1 rating

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The twenty-second novel from Sunday Times number-one best-seller Martina Cole, author of Dangerous Lady, The Take, The Good Life, and many more.... Playing grown-ups, the future is theirs for the taking. Sharon Conway and Lenny Scott are childhood sweethearts. Everyone says they are too young, but nothing can keep them apart. Sharon doesn't question Lenny's business dealings, and it isn't long before his reputation as a hard man destined for the top means they are living the good life with their sons. It leaves a stain on her heart forever. But one night Lenny doesn't come home. It isn't the first time he has gone AWOL. But it is his last. He is found murdered - beaten to death in an act of brutality that shocks even the police. And Sharon never knows why . Old wounds will surface. Now, twenty years later, Sharon is about to find out the truth. Such a crime cannot go unpunished. Revenge is long overdue. The time has come to...Get Even.

©2015 Martina Cole (P)2015 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Take a Chance on Me

1 rating

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Jill Mansell's best seller Take a Chance on Me takes listeners on an entirely unpredictable romantic journey.... For fans of Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond. Cleo Quinn doesn't have a great track record when it comes to men, but now Will's come along she's optimistic. Handsome, attentive and an absolute gentleman when it comes to her questionable cooking skills, he could be her Mr. Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo...apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her childhood adversary, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting Cleo as if he'd never been away. But life never goes to plan, does it? Johnny isn't the only one stirring up trouble, and for Cleo's family and friends all kinds of sparks are starting to fly. If you think you can put the past behind you, think again....

©2010 Jill Mansell (P)2010 Isis Publishing

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Jill Mansell
Category: Romance
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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The Workhouse Girl

1 rating

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Circumstances force eight-year-old Sarah and her widowed mother to enter the notorious St Giles and St George’s Workhouse. When her mother dies in childbirth, the independent-minded Sarah falls foul of the workhouse master, Trigg, and his cruel wife. Sarah’s ordeal seems to be over when a sugar mill owner takes her into his home. But her wealthy benefactor reports Trigg and his wife. And blaming Sarah for their misfortune, in a fit of revenge, the couple decide to take the law into their own hands.

©2013 Dilly Court (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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The Ghost of Lily Painter

Summary

The first time Annie Sweet sees 43 Stanley Road, the house is so perfect she feels almost as if it has chosen her. She longs to move in, but with her husband increasingly distant, and her daughter wrapped up in childhood, Annie is left alone to mull over the past. She soon becomes consumed by the house and it's previous inhabitants, especially a young chorus girl called Lily Painter, a rising star of the music hall whose sparkling performances were the talk of the town. As Annie delves further into Lily’s past, she begins to unravel a dark episode from Edwardian London, that of two notorious baby farmers, who lured young unmarried mothers with the promise of a better life for their babies. Until Annie solves the mystery at the heart of the scandal, the ghost of Lily Painter will never be able to rest. Based on true events from London’s rich history and spanning a century, from the journals of an Edwardian police inspector to a doomed wartime love affair, Caitlin Davies skilfully brings to life a fascinating snapshot of our sinister past.

©2011 Caitlin Davies (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Wartime at Woolworths

Summary

The Woolworths girls have come a long way together.... Fun-loving Maisie is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband and their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind. With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them? Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lie ahead for this close family. Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled - far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends. With families separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together? Wartime at Woolworths is the third moving installment in the much-loved Woolworths series by Elaine Everest.

©2018 Elaine Everest (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Beyond a Misty Shore

Summary

The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of To Love and to Cherish. It is 1945 and the war is finally over. For sisters Sophie and Maria, though, the upheaval is just beginning. For they have no choice but to leave their beloved home on the Isle of Man. It is a huge wrench for 18-year-old Maria, who can't forget Hans Bonhoeffer, a young Austrian, interned on the island during the war. For widowed Sophie, Liverpool offers a new beginning with her daughter Bella. She has no room for distractions - until she falls in love with Frank Ryan, a man married to a woman who, although she doesn't love him, has no intention of letting him go. Without the men they love, will the sisters ever find happiness?

©2011 Lyn Andrews (P)2011 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Lyn Andrews
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Homeless Bodies and Other Stories

73 ratings

Summary

Homeless Bodies and Other Stories is an original fiction podcast featuring audio-exclusive short stories from award-winning authors and Sunday Times best-sellers, inspired by objects & artefacts from Wellcome Collection’s permanent exhibition, 'Medicine Man', in London. Exploring themes of otherness, humanity, history, society and belief, Homeless Bodies and Other Stories brings together a gripping collection of tales that are unsettlingly eerie and provokingly current. Objects that inspired Audible’s collection of stories include: a trepanned skull, drilled with holes to release trapped spirits; an iron scold’s bridle, used to punish ‘gossiping’ women; a 19th Century fragment of tattooed skin; a phrenology skull and an 18th Century wax vanitas head. With six original, audio-exclusive stories, the collection includes brand new writing from: Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, Laura Purcell, Sarah Moss, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Haroun Khan. Homeless Bodies and Other Stories sees these six authors probe the dark and twisted corners of humanity in an attempt to better understand ourselves and our place in the world with stories crafted specifically for the spoken-word. Before their stories, listeners will hear each of the authors in conversation with Wellcome’s curators as they find out more about their chosen object’s history. With original musical composition and stirring sound design by Hana Walker-Brown. This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

©2019 Laura Purcell, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, Haroun Khan, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Sarah Moss (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

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Maura's Game

Summary

The electrifying sequel to Martina Cole's Dangerous Lady combines emotional drama and shocking realism. Maura Ryan was the queen of the criminal underworld when she pulled off the most audacious gold bullion robbery of all time. Since then she's retired from a life of crime to be with the only man she's ever loved. But enemies from her past are closing in and they're about to learn that they should never cross Maura Ryan. The dangerous lady is back and she's as lethal as ever.... Maura's Game is an explosive novel of East End violence and corruption from one of the most original voices in fiction today. Martina Cole's unique blend of emotional drama and shocking realism combine in this electrifying new best seller.

©2002 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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Funeral Note

1 rating

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After a tip-off, a man's body is exhumed from a shallow grave in Edinburgh. Murder surely, yet he died from natural causes, so, case closed? Indeed was there ever a case? But Chief Constable Skinner and his people keep on digging. Who was the man, why was he buried so reverentially, and by whom? Meanwhile corruption is discovered within the force, and an investigation launched. Immersed in crises, his marriage heading for the rocks, Skinner finds his very career hanging in the balance, its fate beyond his control. Can he win out, or will his life implode?

©2012 Portador Ltd (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Christmas at Woolworths

Summary

Even though there was a war on, the Woolworths girls brought Christmas cheer to their customers. Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away on the front line, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths and a rock for the girls, having given up on love...until a mysterious stranger turns up one day - could he reignite a spark in Betty? As the year draws to a close and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead.... With so much change, can their friendship survive the war? Christmas at Woolworths is the heartfelt sequel to Elaine Everest's best-selling debut The Woolworths Girls.

©2017 Elaine Everest (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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The Sting

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Two childhood friends.... Best friends Tommy Boyle and Scratch always had each other's backs. Dragged up in care and cruelly betrayed by everyone they trusted, they made a pact to fight their way out of the gutter together. Two sides of the law.... Old loyalties die hard on the streets of London. Tommy throws his lot in with the notorious Darling family even if it means leaving Scratch to the wolves. She's destined for a different path, reinventing herself as copper Kim Regan. One deadly showdown.... Now they're on opposite sides of the law. Running Operation Sting, Kim will rip the heart out of the Darlings' empire, and only her old pal Tommy stands in her way. As gritty and dangerous as the London streets in which it's set, this is number one best seller Kimberley Chambers at her best. Get ready for a shocking listen with a sting in the tail....

©2019 Kimberley Chambers (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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A Brighter Day Tomorrow

1 rating

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A Brighter Day Tomorrow is a heartwarming and poignant saga from Pam Evans, set in London during the Second World War. Perfect for fans of Kitty Neale, Katie Flynn and Dilly Court.  Despite air raids and rationing in wartime London, sisters Liz and Dora Beck find time for fun and laughter at the local ice rink. Then a handsome American serviceman catches their attention, and so begins heartache between the sisters.  Dora is increasingly jealous of her sister's blossoming romance with Victor. But when Victor is killed in a bomb attack, Liz makes a shocking discovery that upsets her whole family. Forced out of her home, Liz finds support where she least expects it. And, with almost nothing left to lose, she hopes for a brighter day tomorrow.... 

©2018 Pamela Evans (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Pam Evans
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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A Mother's Sacrifice

Summary

A gritty and emotional family drama from the Sunday Times best seller. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn. Beaten Glenda Jenkins has been beaten by her husband, Harry, one too many times - and this time he's put her in a hospital bed. Battered and bruised, Glenda slowly makes her recovery. But she fears what awaits her back at home.... Broken When Glenda meets kind hospital porter Frank, he offers her a lifeline she can't refuse. The pair decide to run away together, escaping the terror of Harry. But, fearing for her life, Glenda has to make the biggest sacrifice of all and leave her baby, Johnnie, behind. Bereft Safe on the Kent coast, Glenda finally has the life she dreamed of. But without Johnnie, she's a broken woman. Will she ever see her baby again? And will she ever be able to escape the fearsome shadow of Harry after all?

©2017 Kitty Neale (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kitty Neale
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Wedding Bells for Woolworths

Summary

July 1947. Britain is still gripped by rationing, even as the excitement of Princess Elizabeth’s engagement sweeps the nation. In the Woolworths’ canteen, Freda is still dreaming of meeting her own Prince Charming. So far she’s been unlucky in love. When she has an accident on her motorbike, knocking a cyclist off his bicycle, it seems bad luck is still following her around. Anthony is not only a fellow Woolworths employee but was an Olympic hopeful. Will his injured leg heal in time for him to compete? Can he ever forgive Freda? Sarah's idyllic family life is under threat with worries about her husband, Alan. Does he still love her? The friends must rally round to face some of the toughest challenges of their lives together. And although they experience loss, hardship and shocks along the way, love is on the horizon for the Woolworths girls.... Wedding Bells for Woolworths is the fifth instalment in Elaine Everest's much-loved Woolworths series.

©2020 Elaine Everest (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2020

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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The Take

Summary

An uncompromising and haunting story of betrayal and violence from the best-selling author Martina Cole. Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she's forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can't leave alone. Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie's star rises. In love with Freddie's cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister. Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal can fester until everyone's life is infected. And for the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. Because in their world you can trust no one. In their world everyone is on the take.

©2005 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Life of Crime

Summary

Sometimes crime does pay, but at what price? Some people are made for a life of crime. Dragged up on a council estate, Jason Rampling was determined to change his lot. Jason's a chancer, shameless with his good looks and his gift for earning a few quid. Life is easy when the money rolls in. Some people are ruined by it. Melissa thought she'd struck gold marrying Jason. Being on his arm meant she was finally a someone. But there's no glamour in waiting for your husband to come home or waiting for a knock on the door. Melissa made her bed the day she made her vows - will she lie in it without a fight? Some would kill for it. After a stretch inside, Jason wants to pull off just one last job, the biggest of all. It could solve all of their problems. But this is a game that could cost them everything....

©2018 Kimberley Chambers (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Raising a Gangster

Summary

A gripping story of revenge - the prequel to Cruel Secrets - from the gangland governor, Kerry Barnes! Bermondsey, London. With an absent father and a penniless mother, Cyril Reardon is determined to be the man of the house. As young as eight, Cyril is a charmer, a planner, and a risk-taker. A rare trip to the country, shows Cyril a completely different world, and it opens his eyes to how the other half lives.  A young man wants Cyril shot dead but receives a nasty scar and a few injuries that set him on a path of revenge. Little does he know that all the time he was being raised a lord, Cyril Reardon was being raised a gangster.  Only one of them is a gentleman. Only one of them plays the cards they were dealt.

©2020 Kerry Barnes (P)2020 W F Howes

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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A Gift from Woolworths

Summary

Will the war be over by Christmas? As the war moves into 1945, the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager Betty Billington announces she is expecting Douglas’ baby, her future life is about to change more than she expects. Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer, but will it end happily? Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces, although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene, he brings unexpected danger to the family. Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door, but Woolworths beckons. Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead - or does it? A Gift from Woolworths is the next installment in Elaine Everest's much-loved Woolworths series.

©2018 Elaine Everest (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Schemer

Summary

The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery. It’s 1983 and Stephanie Crouch’s life is dull. She is desperate to escape the run-down, pokey council house she shares with her overbearing family, but at fourteen years old she has nowhere to go. When Stephanie meets East End wide-boy Barry, his cockney charm and quick tongue soon have her head over heels in love. Finally Stephanie feels like her dreary life is on the up. But too young to control their fate, Stephanie and Barry are torn apart when he is whisked away to Spain by his family. Lonely and heartbroken Stephanie turns to Barry’s childhood friend Wayne for comfort, and their friendship soon blossoms into romance, leaving Barry fuming and promising revenge.... ,P>Ten years later Barry returns to England. Within one month Stephanie's happy world with Wayne is turned upside down. People immediately start to point the finger of accusation at Barry, but is he the one to blame? Or, should Stephanie look elsewhere to find the schemer who has ruined her life?

©2012 Kimberley Chambers (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Rules

Summary

The second instalment of Kerry Barnes’ explosive new series! Do you live by the rules or die by them? Holed up in prison, Mike Regan is offered a deal - his freedom in exchange for his firm taking down the gang that is supplying a new dangerous drug that has hit the streets. What starts as a game soon becomes a shocking revelation with devastating consequences. Meanwhile, Mike’s fiancé, Zara Ezra, has her own firm to run. But when the so-called Governor is out to take her down, she has her own decision to make - either fight, run, or write her own rule book.... 

©2018 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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The River Maid

Summary

The stunning new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court London, 1854: 20-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty-stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father's beck and call. Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames, a man who ends up renting a room in Essie's house, identifying himself only as 'Raven'. When curiosity gets the better of her, Essie follows him and unwittingly becomes involved in something far greater than she could ever have guessed. Finding herself on a ship bound for the penal colonies in Australia with Raven and his cousin Alice, this is only the start of a remarkable journey taking her to the other side of the world and back again....

©2018 Dilly Court (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Voice of Reason

Summary

A heart-stopping thriller with so many twists and turns it will leave you breathless. When Dionne married a nightclub owner, Luke Mason, a whisper in her ear told her she would have it all - the money, the house and the luxury lifestyle. But she never expected her life to turn upside down the day they became parents to twins. After a Mason family member is murdered, a psychiatrist is asked to assist with the investigation. Dr Renee, a research psychiatrist, has spent her life’s work studying the existence of the ‘Gemini Gene’ - a gene believed to exist in a few high-functioning psychopaths. Little does she know that she is not alone in her quest. In the shadows lurks someone who also has a special interest in the gene. Will Dr Renee discover if the Gemini Gene exists, or will it be the voice of reason who has the answers?

©2020 Kerry Barnes (P)2020 W F Howes

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Christmas Card

Summary

The new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court. She turned the picture of the Christmas card over with her frozen hands. The scene showed a family at Yuletide as they gathered around the magnificent tree. Standing stiff with cold on the icy cobbles, Alice could only dream.... With the snow falling steadily, Alice and her ailing mother have found themselves on the cold streets of London with only debts to their name - forced to rely on the begrudging charity of cruel Aunt Jane. Determined to rid herself of an expensive responsibility, Jane instead tries forcing Alice into a monstrous marriage. Even though Alice knows her aunt will turn her out, she refuses the marriage and is sent to work in a grand house to earn her keep. Finding herself in sole charge of the untamable and spoilt young miss of the house, Alice's only ally is handsome Uncle Rory, who can see she's more than a mere servant. But when someone sets out to destroy her reputation, Alice can only pray a little Christmas spirit will save her from ruin....

©2016 Dilly Court (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Deceit

Summary

Someone’s watching you.... Living in a beautiful home on the edge of a council estate, Kara Bannon can’t imagine what it’s like to have nothing. An eerie phone call plays on her mind and within three days she loses everything – her job, her home and Justin, the only person she thought she could trust. Alone and terrified, she makes a decision that will change her life forever. Suddenly she has to enter a new world – Prison. Revenge is not always so sweet.... The gripping new gangland crime thriller from best seller Kerry Barnes. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Martina Cole and Jacqui Rose. 

©2018 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Sweet Memories of You

1 rating

Summary

'I'm not working on a factory floor or digging for victory, but in my own small way, I do what I can for those I love.' It's 1943, and Peggy Reilly is at her best when the troubles of war come knocking at the door of Beach View Boarding House - especially when it concerns her younger sister, Doreen. Doreen is divorced from Eddie, but his letters have taken on a more threatening tone of late. When Doreen barely survives a traumatic disaster whilst on leave in London, she returns home to Peggy and Cliffehaven in the hope that the love and comfort she will find there can help her recover. However, Eddie continues to be an unsettling reminder of her past - and Doreen's life is about to change dramatically.

©2016 Ellie Dean (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Ellie Dean
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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A Ration Book Childhood

Summary

Jean Fullerton, the queen of the East End, returns with a wonderful new nostalgic novel. In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.   With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.   When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

©2019 Jean Fullerton (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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A Ration Book Wedding

Summary

Because in the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever. It’s February 1942, and as the Americans finally join Britain and her allies, 23-year-old Francesca Fabrino is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by recently married Charlie Brogan, who is fighting in North Africa with the Eighth Army. When Francesca starts a new job for the BBC Overseas department, she meets handsome Count Leo D’Angelo and begins to put her hopeless love for Charlie aside. But then Charlie returns from the front, his marriage in ruins and his heart burning for Francesca at last. Could she, a good Catholic girl, countenance an affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose Leo and a different, less dangerous path?

©2020 Jean Fullerton (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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The Constant Heart

Summary

Despite living by the side of the Thames, with its noise, disease and dirt, 18-year-old Rosina May has wanted for little in life. Until her father's feud with a fellow bargeman threatens to destroy everything. To save them all, Rosina agrees to marry Harry, the son of a wealthy merchant. But a chance encounter with a handsome river pirate has turned her head and she longs to meet him again. When her father dies a broken man, Harry goes back on his promise and turns Rosina out onto the streets. She is forced to work the river herself, ferrying rubbish out of London and living rough. In spite of her hardships, she cannot forget her pirate and when tragedy threatens to strike once more she is forced to make a choice. But is she really prepared to risk everything for love?

©2008 Dilly Court (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks 2012

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Fatal

Summary

Dying is easy. It’s living that’s hard....     An eye for an eye. Cabhan Morton wants to leave the Russo crime family for good and live in peace with his daughter, Alice Rose. But the Russos won’t let him walk away without a fight.    A tooth for a tooth...Franny Doyle would do anything for Cabhan and Alice, but helping them escape the vindictive Russo brothers won’t be easy. The only place they’ll be safe is back in Essex with Alfie Jennings.    A daughter for a daughter...Franny knows she won’t be welcomed by Alfie with open arms - but she doesn’t have a choice. The Russos are out for blood and they won’t stop until Alice is dead.... The heart-racing new thriller perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.  

©2019 Jacqui Rose (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Jacqui Rose
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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The Country Bride

Summary

The final book in the heartwarming Village Secrets trilogy from the number one Sunday Times best-selling author. The time had come to leave Creek Manor. Their relationship was doomed from the start, he was the master of the house and she the servant. Summer, Little Creek 1879 For most of her life, Judy Begg has been a loyal servant at Creek Manor and to Jack Fox, its future lord. But just as their childhood friendship blossoms into a secret engagement he abandons her to join his brother overseas. And with Creek Manor up for sale, Judy and her family lose everything. Devastated, Judy is nonetheless determined to make the best of her life. Resolving to forget about Jack, she battles to keep her family from poverty’s door and her mother from the hands of her violent husband. Rob Dorning, the new owner of the manor, seems to be the answer to all of Little Creek’s problems, but Judy isn’t convinced. Can she trust him to do right by the village? And when the ghosts of her past resurface, Judy will need to find more courage than ever before.... Don’t miss the final audiobook in the Village Secret trilogy - the enchanting sequel to A Village Scandal. 

©2020 Dilly Court (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Friends and Enemies

1 rating

Summary

London 1941. Sirens warn of danger as German bomber planes approach the city. Ever cautious, Kathy and her mother head immediately for the nearest public air raid shelter, and when the building is destroyed in a direct hit, it is a miracle Kathy survives. Finding herself alone, Kathy is left with nothing but a burning fury and a determination to join the war effort.  Assigned as a secretary to the enigmatic Commander Evans, Kathy throws herself into war work. But the commander has frequent unexplained absences, and Kathy longs to discover the secrets of his intelligence missions.

©2019 Beryl Matthews (P)2019 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Ugly Truth

Summary

The latest crime thriller from best-selling author Kerry Barnes.

©2019 Kerry Barnes (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Christmas Child

Summary

It’s Christmas 1880 in London’s East End, and a dying Irish girl leaves her baby in the care of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own. But the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by an unexpected turn of events. Ettie is at her lowest ebb when she is betrayed by the boy who has promised his undying love and loyalty. She is faced with the revelation of a heart-wrenching secret.

©2019 Carol Rivers Publications (P)2020 Story Sound

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Carol Rivers
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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When Midnight Comes

Summary

1856.  Christine Banner is alone after her father's death. Determined to make her own way in the world, she stumbles onto an estate in the New Forest where she finds work that she loves.  However, when the future looks uncertain, Christine's skill at handling some of the large and difficult warhorses shines through and captures the attention of the son of the estate owner. In the face of grief, sadness and disappointment, Christine's intelligence and strength will be tested until she finds the place she can truly call home.

©2018 Beryl Matthews (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Where the Heart Lies

Summary

February 1941. Julie Harris is working in London’s East End as a midwife when a bombing raid destroys her family and the house she grew up in. All she has left is her motherless baby nephew William. Determined to uphold her promise to her sister to keep William safe until his father, Bill, returns from the war, she accepts a post as a midwife in Cliffehaven on the south-coast of England. Here they are taken under the wing of the Reilly family at the Beach View boarding house. But all too soon Julie learns that Bill is ‘missing in action’ and William falls dangerously ill. As she begins the long vigil by William’s beside, she fears she will lose the little boy she has grown to love as her own…

©2013 Ellie Dean (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Ellie Dean
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Mistletoe Seller

Summary

It's Christmas Eve. Flurries of snow fall on the cobbled streets of Whitechapel, and an abandoned baby, swaddled in a blanket, is found on a doorstep in Angel Lane.... Named after the street on which she was found, Angel Winter was blessed to be taken from the harsh streets into a loving home. But fate deals a cruel blow, and she's torn from the only family she has ever known, thrown onto the cobbles of Covent Garden to fend for herself. With winter closing in, Angel scratches a living selling mistletoe to the city gentlemen who pass through the market, hoping they will take pity on her as she shivers in the snow. The only way she can survive is to make her own luck. She will never sell the one treasure that could feed her for a month, the gold and ruby ring that was hidden in her swaddling - it could hold the key to the secrets of her past....

©2017 Dilly Court (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Cinderella Sister

Summary

Lily Larkin is the youngest of six and the least important member of her family. With their father dead and their mother a stranger to them, she must stay at home and keep house whilst her elder siblings go out to work. As she goes about her daily chores, her head is full of dreams. And she longs for the day she can have a life of her own. When a fire threatens to destroy the nearby docks, Lily's act of kindness towards a handsome foreigner has disastrous consequences for the whole family. For shortly afterwards they are thrown out of their home and have no choice but to move into two mean rooms above the fire station where Lily's brothers work. Here the family struggles to make ends meet. But just when things might be looking up for them all, Lily makes a terrible error of judgement. In anger her eldest brother turns her from the door. Forced onto the streets, Lily wonders if she'll ever see her family again....

©2011 Dilly Court (P)2013 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Home Sweet Home

Summary

Will they meet again? Frances Sweet can't really remember her real parents. She was brought up by her uncle, and her cousins, Ruby and Mary, have always treated her like their little sister. As the war continues to keep her cousins separated from the men they love, Frances is growing up fast enough to catch the eye of dashing American soldier Declan. But she also has a greater longing - to find the mother who abandoned her years before....

©2016 Lizzie Lane (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Lizzie Lane
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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The Choice

Summary

Another gripping, gritty crime thriller from Kerry Barnes that will have you hooked. The wrong choice may just get you killed.... Mike Regan and Zara Ezra believe the so-called Governor is safely locked away - in Zara’s hangar. But less than 24 hours later, the Governor is loose and out there, wreaking havoc.  After what Zara made him do to his own son, she knows he’ll be back with more than murder on his mind.  Moving the families to a safe place was all the firm could do to protect them. But now one of the boys goes missing. It can only mean one thing - the Governor has started his revenge.  Zara is faced with an unimaginable choice just as she forced the Governor to make his - only this time, it could cost the man she loves his life.

©2018 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The Summer Maiden

Summary

The second audiobook in a stunning new series from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court. 1873. When Carrie Manning’s father dies, her mother, Esther, is heartbroken. Essie leaves London to convalesce with her good friend Lady Alice, and it is down to Carrie to look after her family and take charge of the shipping company that her father has left behind. But the company is in dire straits, forcing Carrie to seek work as a companion to Maria Colville. When Carrie and Maria try to track down Maria’s mother, they have no idea of the secrets that they will discover. Secrets that link the Colvilles, the Mannings and figures from the past who return to England. Carrie’s journey is as unpredictable as the waters that link the rival shipping companies, but will her determination be enough to preserve the legacy of her family’s name?

©2018 Dilly Court (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Poison

Summary

The heart-racing new gangland thriller from best-selling author Jacqui Rose. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers’ The Sting and Martina Cole. There are some people you should never cross. In a life of crime, loyalty means everything - even if you don’t always see eye to eye. But when Vaughn Sadler speaks up to get Franny Doyle sent down, he’s broken every rule in the book to win checkmate. And others you shouldn’t underestimate.... Holed up in prison, Franny has more than one score to settle - but she’s starting with Vaughn. Because you don’t grass on your own, no matter what. And though she may be behind bars, she will get revenge - whatever the cost. Before, there was just bad blood running through her veins. But now, there is poison....

©2019 Jacqui Rose (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Jacqui Rose
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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War Baby

1 rating

Summary

The war has had a devastating effect on the Sweet family with young Charlie Sweet, lost at sea, presumed dead and bombs falling on nearby Bristol. Still there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon in the form of Mary Sweet's upcoming wedding to her Canadian beau. But even that has failed to rouse their father from his grief. But in London a baby has been found in a bombed out house, sheltered in the arms of his dead mother. A child to make life worth living again....

©2015 Lizzie Lane (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Lizzie Lane
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Trust Nobody

Summary

It is 1962. Daisy Lane's man, Kenny, is in jail for robbery, leaving Daisy to run the couple's café down in Gosport, Hampshire. Daisy lives above the café and shares the house with Kenny's older brother, Eddie: a handsome, resourceful villain with a streak of viciousness that leads him to commit acts of terrifying violence to get his way. But Eddie has a weakness and it's called "Daisy". He loves his brother's wife; Kenny's not around, and Eddie always gets what he wants.

©2006 June Hampson (P)2007 Isis Publishing

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: June Hampson
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Uncertain Years

Summary

As World War II breaks out, four friends from London’s East End consider the changes that war will mean for all of them. Tomboyish Becky Adams plans to join the ATS, her neighbours Bob and Jim the navy and army respectively. Only Becky’s brother, Will, is left out of the excitement; because of a slight physical disability, he is forced to stay behind, working as a cub reporter on a newspaper. As hostilities gather pace, and the friends are separated, their youthful enthusiasm is tempered by the grim headlines in the newspapers and their experiences at Dunkirk and in the Blitz. Like so many others, Becky and her friends will face hardship, drama, and tragedy before the war is over.

©2010 Beryl Matthews (P)2010 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs
Available on Audible
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Blood and Lies

7 ratings

Summary

For Ianthe, war is all too familiar. A former soldier in the Astra Militarum, she now serves Inquisitor Covenant as an agent of the Throne. Her first mission sees her investigating a cult called the Children of Eternity. Falling foul of the local Enforcers, Ianthe soon learns that war in the shadows is seldom straightforward and that the local, angry law-keepers are the least of her troubles.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

Available on Audible
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The Empty Hearth

Summary

The Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchett's obsessive jealousy. A bully, his two teenage children, John and Millie, have learned to dodge him and his moods. The main concern of ugly duckling Millie - who looks nothing like her handsome brother John - is to protect their mum, Eileen. 

When crisis strikes the Pratchetts' home, Alfie is forced to watch his whole world gradually collapse around him. Their old life has gone forever, and a new one has begun - one in which rape, debt, alcoholism and insanity play their parts. And redemption is a long time coming.

©2006 Kitty Neale (P)2019 Story Sound

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kitty Neale
Length: 12 hrs
Available on Audible
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Lizzie Flowers and the Family Firm

Summary

1934: Lizzie Flowers has been mother and protector to her East End family, the Allens of Langley Street, since she was 15. Even when her doomed marriage to Frank Flowers collapses, she sacrifices her own happiness to keep the family united. But when Lizzie buys the infamous dockland's pub the Mill Wall, she discovers she's bitten off more than she can chew.  Longtime love Danny Flowers abandons her, a close friend is murdered and her adopted child Polly is threatened. Then crime lord Salvo Vella makes a move on the Mill Wall. Lizzie could be forced to make a pact with the devil to save herself and her family and friends.... 

©2018 Carol Rivers (P)2019 Story Sound

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Carol Rivers
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Fighting Dirty

Summary

Daisy Lane is battling to keep her family together. About to be released from prison, her oldest son Eddie is desperate to escape his past. But Eddie soon discovers that giving up the life of a gangster isn’t going to be easy. Daisy’s youngest son Jamie is determined to step out from under the shadow of his older brother and make a name for himself. And when Jamie gets wind of his brother’s plan to pull off a heist, his involvement threatens to be Eddie’s undoing. Meanwhile, a string of young boys are being abused in Gosport. Daisy vows to find out who’s behind it, but the truth threatens to destroy them all…

©2011 June Hampson (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: June Hampson
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Button Box

1 rating

Summary

The new heartwarming novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Dilly Court. Clara held on to the precious button, glimmering like a jewel in the dark alleyways of London's notorious Seven Dials. She needed to save her family...but who was going to save her? There was a time when the Carter sisters' father was their hero. Now he's a drunk who's gambled away everything they had and put them all in peril. It's on Clara's shoulders to save the four sisters from destitution. Clutching her precious button box, the only thing of value they have left, Clara dreams of starting a shop that could put a roof over their heads and keep them safe.... But in debt to the terrifying Patches Braggs, leader of one of the East End's roughest gangs, Clara is in fear for her life. When a mysterious benefactor seems to offer an escape, Clara realizes too late that it comes at a terrible price.... Cheated, abandoned and alone - can Clara save her family and hold on to her dreams?

©2017 Dilly Court (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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The Reluctant Heiress

1 rating

Summary

The brand-new unforgettable romance saga from the number one best-selling author. Taking deep breaths of the cold city air, Katherine whispered, ‘This isn’t the London I know.’ East-End London, 1858. In London's twisting streets, it's hard to tell friend from foe. And for Katherine Martin, arriving back in London after years away, the city is far crueller than she remembers. Her eyes opened to the plight of London's poor, Kate is determined to do what she can to help - even if it means defying her parents.  In secret, she opens a soup kitchen. But there is a world of criminals within London's poorest alleys. Catching the notice of Harry Trader and his gang, Kate is out of her depth. Until she begins to discover that her true enemies might not be who she thought....

©2021 Dilly Court (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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There'll Be Blue Skies

2 ratings

Summary

When sixteen-year-old Sally is evacuated to the English south coast, she is terrified by what lies ahead of her. All she knows are the sights and sounds of London's East End – but Sally swallows her tears as they leave the familiar landmarks behind, knowing that she has to be a Grown-Up Girl and play mother to her six-year-old brother Ernie. Playing mother is nothing new for Sally – their real mother Florrie, a good-time girl, hasn't even come to the station to wave them off and Ernie, crippled at an early age by polio, is used to depending on his older sister. When they arrive in Cliffehaven, they're taken to live at the Beach View Boarding House where they're welcomed by the open-hearted Reilly family headed up by warm, loving Peggy, and life begins to improve. Sally gets a job in a uniforms factory to help pay her way – and to pay for Ernie's expensive medicines – but then Florrie arrives in Cliffehaven, bringing disaster with her. And Sally is forced to work out where her true loyalties lie....

©2011 Ellie Dean (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Ellie Dean
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Our Emily

Summary

Can she win over her sweetheart's family?  Emily had always been a trial as a child - pushy and rough - and Boots had always avoided her.  But now she's an elegant and stylish young lady, and she and Boots are due to be married - and must face the challenge of his wartime injuries together.  Can she draw on that steely toughness to rise to the challenge and do right by the love of her life and his family?  Our Emily is the second in Mary Jane Staples's Adams Family series. Their story continues in The King of Camberwell. Have you listened to Down Lambeth Way, the first Adams Family book?

©1989 Mary Jane Staples (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Perhaps Tomorrow

Summary

The most talented voice since Dilly Court - an absorbing, thrilling and romantic historical saga with characters you'll fall in love with.  

Mattie Maguire is a 26-year-old widow with an infant son. Since her husband, Brian, died three years before, she has struggled to keep the family's East End coal business solvent, as well as taking care of her troubled mother-in-law. 

But unbeknown to Mattie, life is about to get even tougher. Maguire's is in the path of the proposed Wapping to Mile End Railway extension that Amos Stebbins is trying to raise capital for, and he has his sights set on the deeds of the coal yard. Outwardly, Amos is a respectably married local benefactor. But he has a darker side and will stop at nothing to get what he wants....

©2011 Jean Fullerton (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Sealed with a Loving Kiss

2 ratings

Summary

The gripping new Second World War novel from Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of While We're Apart. After the death of her parents in a bombing raid, Mary Jones discovers a secret in the pages of her father’s diaries. Her search for the truth brings her to Cliffehaven on the south coast. Here she finds work at the Kodak factory, sifting through the airgraphs, which are being sent from all over the world by the men and women in the armed forces and by their loved ones. All the while she longs for news of her own sweetheart fighting in Europe. With the help of Peggy Reilly and her family at Beach View Boarding House, Mary starts to build a new life for herself. But events that happened eighteen years before still echo, and should a promise Peggy made then be broken, it will have a devastating affect on not only Mary but them all....

©2015 Ellie Dean (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Ellie Dean
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Broken

Summary

DI Kate Burrows thought she'd never face a killer like the Grantley Ripper again. But she was wrong. One by one, children are being abandoned. Thankfully, they're rescued from harm. Then one victim is not so lucky, and Kate knows she's in a race against time to save lives. Kate's finding the case tough and she needs the support of her lover, Patrick Kelly, more than ever. But Patrick's got his own problems. A dead body's turned up in his Soho club and, although he insists he's been set-up, Kate begins to doubt him. It's not the first time Patrick's reputation has compromised her position. But now there's a maniac to catch and Kate can't let anyone - not even Patrick - get in her way.

©2000 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Cruel Secrets

Summary

A gripping thriller that will shock you to the core. Controlled all her life by her religious mother, 15-year-old Kelly Raven commits the ultimate sin. She soon discovers that running away to the cold, frightening streets of London is less harsh than her previous life.  A drug dealer, two fraudsters, and a prostitute are her new family now, and she becomes the woman she was destined to be. Little does she know that Eddie Raven is coming for her, but she is no sweet four-year-old child, and he is certainly no doting father. The Raven's blood may run through her veins, but in her case, blood is not thicker than water.

©2017 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Christmas Wedding

1 rating

Summary

The first book in the dramatic new saga from the number one Sunday Times best-selling author.  Holding the letter in trembling hands, Daisy’s future crumbled before her – the words engraved on her heart forever.  The village of Little Creek, the long winter of 1867.   The first flakes of snow are falling when Daisy Marshall, secretly engaged to her master's son, finds herself jilted at the altar.   Heartbroken, Daisy flees to the small village of Little Creek, nestled on the coast of Essex. There she is warmly welcomed – but the village is poverty-stricken, suffering under a cruel lord of the manor. And when cholera hits, the villagers are truly in dire straits.   Determined to help, Daisy makes new friends in earnest doctor Nicholas and dashing smuggler Jay – but also dangerous new enemies, who threaten to destroy everything she’s built. Can Daisy save the village and find happiness in time for Christmas?

©2019 Dilly Court (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Friends to Die For

Summary

A group of friends living in London's Covent Garden are subjected to the whims of a dangerous prankster. At first, whilst disturbing, the tricks are funny. But as they continue they become more serious and violent, until finally someone lies dead. As the remaining friends struggle to manage their grief and identify the culprit, suspicion soon falls close to home and secrets furtively kept hidden are brought to light. Alliances are formed, and the once tight group begins to turn on each other. Could one of them really be capable of murder?

©2014 Hilary Bonner (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Butlins Girls

Summary

A comforting story set against the nation's favourite holiday camp, from the best-selling author of The Woolworths Girls  "Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin's. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see."  Molly Missons hasn't had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family have darkened her door - attempting to steal her home and livelihood....  After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin's Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small hometown - in search of a new life in Skegness. Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin's as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly, and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs - or is he too good be to be true? 

©2018 Elaine Everest (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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A New Day

Summary

After a traumatic past, life finally seems to be looking up for Hanna Foster. But war is on its way... London, 1938. Hanna and Jack Foster had been sent to an orphanage when their parents were killed in a train crash, but were separated when a couple adopted Jack. Bullied and treated like a slave, it soon became clear it was a dreadful mistake. In desperation, Jack takes his future into his own hands and runs away to join the merchant navy, while Hanna takes a job looking after two children. For a time, life seems good, but war is looming and threatens to take away everything Hanna holds dear...

©2012 Beryl Matthews (P)2013 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The Jump

1 rating

Summary

The gripping story of life on the inside and the outside of one of Britain's toughest prisons. Donna Brunos worships her husband and is devastated when he is jailed for armed robbery. Georgio swears he's been set up and persuades Donna to help him escape. Implementing 'the jump' takes Donna into a twilight world she never believed existed - a world of brutal sex and casual violence. Finally, she is confronted by a series of shattering revelations that threaten not only everything she believes in but also, ultimately, her own life....

©1996 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Rival

Summary

The heart-racing new gangland thriller from best-selling author Jacqui Rose. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers’ Queenie and Martina Cole.   As the old saying goes.... Franny Doyle has one thing in common with Wan Huang, head of the notorious Triads gang: they both want Vaughn Sadler six feet under.  Keep your friends close. When Harry Jacobs brings Vaughn into his business and his fold, his life is protected - for now. And your enemies closer. But when Franny finds out the truth about Wan and Harry’s dark dealings, all hell breaks loose in Soho. And Vaughn is the key to helping Franny with the score she now has to settle; together with Alfie Jennings, they were once a formidable trio. But can bitter enemies once again become allies? Because in a life of crime - no one lets bygones be bygones.... Three gangsters. Two funerals. One last opportunity for revenge.

©2020 Jacqui Rose (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Jacqui Rose
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Eye of Night

1 rating

Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 audio drama. Tasked with a mission by Roboute Guilliman, Inquisitor Greyfax and a bodyguard of Grey Knights travel into the Eye of Terror in search of an ancient enemy of the Imperium.   Listen to it because: It's the Black Library debut of Inquisitor Greyfax in a tale that ties into the background from the Battlefleet Gothic game, making it a rare treat for old and new Warhammer 40,000 fans alike!   The story:  Inquisitor Greyfax and a retinue of incorruptible Grey Knights are sent on a mission by the reborn Primarch Guilliman to recover the Eye of Night, a fabled artefact of Ruin that could weaken the Great Rift. It will be no easy task as Greyfax - with the aid of a long dead inquisitor - must journey into the Eye of Terror itself and challenge a traitor of a truly ancient pedigree, the crone Moriana.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

Available on Audible
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Wicked Lies

Summary

Eddie Raven’s legacy continues....  A gripping thriller with a shocking twist of fate.   Behind the cold, damp walls of the cottage, 17-year-old Malakai River is left to fend for his younger sisters. In her selfish quest for freedom, his mother shacks up with a small-time gangster and recklessly leaves the children behind. When Jean River returns a year later, she makes two shocking discoveries - a decomposing body of a young woman in her cottage...and Kelly Raven.  Malakai, battling to keep his sisters safe, steps into a world he knows nothing about, but he soon realises he has what most men fear - the face of his father. Yet even that won’t stop the enemy in the wings trying to destroy his family.

©2018 Kerry Barnes (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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A Mother's Courage

Summary

When Eloise Cribb receives the news that her husband's ship has been lost at sea, she wonders how she is ever going to manage. With two young children, the rent overdue, and almost nothing to live on, she has no alternative but to turn to his estranged family for help. She sets off on the long and arduous journey to Yorkshire, but is met with hostility and soon realises she has little choice but to return to London. Virtually destitute and desperate, Eloise is faced with her worst nightmare: she must either go to the workhouse, or abandon her children at the Foundling Hospital. But she is determined to keep them safe and under her protective wing at all costs.

©2007 Dilly Court (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Ruby's Palace

Summary

The Vincents' nightclubs are popping up all over London. The O'Connells plan to get their hands on the Palaces...but gypsies have no place in the Vincents' business. Disregarding the warnings and the rumours of the disappearance of the entire McManners family, the O'Connells plot a scam so cruel even their own kind shuns them.  Ruby Vincent is now 15, and she may look like her aunt Francesca, but she still has Jesse Right's blood running through her veins. Turning her back on the family, she goes in search of the truth. What she finds will haunt her.... She should have left the boogie man to rot in hell. ‘When you've made your bed, you must lie in it.'

©2017 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Goodnight Lady

Summary

In the sixties, Briony Cavanagh ran a string of the most notorious brothels in London. Only Briony knew what went on behind those doors, and she never opened her mouth - unless she stood to benefit. Only Briony knew the painful road she'd travelled to get there. From an impoverished childhood that ended with shocking betrayal, she was determined to be mistress of her own fate. But along with success came risk and danger. And the Goodnight Lady had her own secret place that was always shadowed by loss.

©1994 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Photographer's Wife

1 rating

Summary

Barbara - a child of the Blitz - has more secrets than she cares to admit. She has protected her children from the harsh realities of life and told them little of the poverty of her childhood, nor of the darker side of her marriage to one of Britain's most famous photographers. With such an incomplete picture, her youngest, Sophie, has struggled to understand who her parents really are, and in turn, Barbara sometimes worries, to build her own identity. When Sophie decides to organise a vast retrospective exhibition of her adored father's work, old photos are pulled from dusty boxes. But with them tumble stories from the past, stories and secrets that will challenge every aspect of how Sophie sees her parents.

©2015 Nick Alexander (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Buried

1 rating

Summary

The first book in a brand-new thriller series by the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante. A burnt-out cottage, a fortune buried in the ashes - and a body that could solve a decades-old crime.... Jack Warr is a young DC with the Metropolitan Police. Charming but aimless, Jack can't seem to find his place in the world - until he's drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.  In the aftermath of a fire at a derelict cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remnants of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes - the hidden legacy of Dolly Rawlins and her gang of Widows.  Jack's assignment to the case coincides with an investigation into his own past. As he searches for the truth about his identity, Jack finds himself increasingly drawn into a murky underworld of corruption and crime. Those millions have not been forgotten - and Jack will stop at nothing to find the truth. An exciting and action packed new thriller, with roots in La Plante's best-selling novels, Widows, Widows' Revenge and She's Out. 

©2020 Lynda La Plante (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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King of Camberwell

Summary

Can she win the heart of the man she loves?  Sammy has always had an eye for business and a good deal and is determined to expand the family business. But as his mighty empire grows, his assistant Susie Brown has plans of her own....  Susie has always adored Sammy and has decided that he will be the man she marries. But marriage doesn't figure in Sammy's plans. Will he fall into line? Does he stand a chance against a determined woman and the rest of the Adams family? 

©1990 Mary Jane Staples (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Take Two

Summary

Carolyn Castle is one of the most famous faces in the UK - a soap opera star known to millions. But when she witnesses a gangland killing, she has to ask herself if her fame could be the death of her. The killer is charismatic gangster Warwick Richards. A man more than capable of killing again to protect his secret. But does he know that Carolyn saw him commit murder?

©2016 Stephen Leather (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Day of the Butterfly

1 rating

Summary

When Daisy Holt was dismissed from her post as a nursemaid she set off cheerfully into the jungle of mid-Victorian London. When Kitty Hammond, proprietress of the “select establishment” off Leicester Square discovered her she was quick to realise that Daisy has a rare talent and would make a successful entertainer. And there it was that she met the impoverished artist John Skelton. To him Daisy represented the perfect model – the one to inspire his work. But Daisy fell completely and hopelessly in love with him – a love which was to launch her on a stormy career in which luxury, admiration and suffering were all to play a part…

©1979 Norah Lofts (P)2014 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Norah Lofts
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Crying Game

Summary

The Crying Game opens in 1944 and tells the story of Trixie - a girl who has only ever known turmoil. As a teenager, she covers up the terrible truth of her father's death and she and her pregnant mother go on the run. Little does she know that fate has more cruel twists in store. Determined to build a life for her herself, Trixie becomes a singer in the pubs and clubs of Gosport - but her heart is still set on finding the little brother she had to leave behind years before. It will take Trixie many years and many tears before the truth can finally emerge - but will it finally give her the courage she needs to fall in love?

©2013 June Hampson (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: June Hampson
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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What's Yours is Mine

Summary

Like a princess in a fairytale, Grace Hamilton has been showered with blessings: professional success, a happy marriage, and she even lives in a beautiful castle. But the only thing she really wants – her heart’s desire – is the one thing she can never have. Her sister, the beautiful Susannah, has made a mess of her life. Like a reverse Midas, everything she touches turns sour. But fate puts Grace’s future in Susannah’s hands, changing the balance of power between the sisters forever.

©2010 Tess Stimson (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

Author: Tess Stimson
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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When the Music Stopped

Summary

London, 1912. Identical twins Lester and Lillia Holdsworth are destined for the stage. Lester is a brilliant pianist, Lillia a magnificent opera singer. But their father has other ideas. Lester is sent to a military academy while Lillia must marry Lord Dalton - a self-righteous, pompous friend of her father's looking for a young wife to give him an heir. Yet their plans to defy their father's wishes are put on hold when war breaks out in 1914. Suddenly Lester is flying planes for the RFC, and Lillia trains as a nurse. For both twins the fighting brings hardships and difficult choices. They wait in hope, like the rest of Europe, for the war to end and the music to start again.

©2017 Beryl Matthews (P)2017 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ladykiller

1 rating

Summary

George Markham has a nasty little hobby, one that erupts into an orgy of viscous sexual depravity. Patrick Kelly is a hard man. His one soft spot is his daughter, and when she falls victim to the Grantley Ripper, Kelly wants revenge. The DI in charge of the case is Kate Burrows. She feels for Kelly but her growing involvement with a known villain is putting her career at risk... As the forces of law and order and London's underworld converge in a huge manhunt, Kate fears she'll lose everything she's ever cared about... to the ladykiller.

©1993 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Martina Cole
Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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The Day Will Come

1 rating

Summary

London, 1940. The war is raging across Europe, and 23-year-old Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband, Brian, at Dunkirk after only a year of marriage. Her secretary job at a law firm keeps her mind from dwelling on her sorrow, but when her boss, James, enlists in the air force Grace is left without work. Alongside her best friend, Helen, Grace joins the War Office in a move that will change their lives forever. As Grace throws herself into the war effort, she must find the courage and strength to start her life over and find love again.

©2015 Beryl Matthews (P)2016 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 8 hrs
Available on Audible
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Girls in Tin Hats

Summary

1940 - Small Heath, in the heart of Birmingham, is facing the darkest days of the war. Two very different girls from this tight-knit community join up as ARP Wardens to do their bit for the home front.  Violet Simms lives with her controlling, widowed mother who runs the local pawn shop. At just 20-years-old, Violet longs for friendship, love and escape. It seems her dreams might come true until tragedy strikes on one of the very worst nights of the Birmingham Blitz.  Grace Templeton is the eldest in her family of 10 children. Spirited Grace is determined never to become burdened by child bearing and drudgery like her mother. Adored by childhood sweetheart Jimmy Oval, Grace believes she can do better. Volunteering as an ARP Warden feels like a chance for adventure - until she sees the horror and reality of war firsthand. In this blacked-out city, where not everyone is quite what they seem, she comes to realize she is less in control of events than she had thought. The war will have long-lasting effects on every family....  Long-buried secrets come to light, and their stories are woven together amid the intense bombing of Birmingham. The girls’ lives will be changed forever by friendship and love, by tragedy and joy.  Girls in Tin Hats is the heart-wrenching generational saga by Sunday Times top 10 best-selling Author Annie Murray.

©2020 Annie Murray (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2020

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Annie Murray
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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A Mother's Promise

Summary

When Hetty Huggins made a promise to her dying mother that she would look after her younger sister and brothers, little did she know how difficult this would be. But despite the threat of being turned out onto the streets by the unscrupulous tallyman and the never-ending struggle just to exist, Hetty is determined her family will never starve or want for a roof over their heads. Longing for something better out of life than the daily grind of making matchboxes for a pittance, she dreams of setting up her own business. With the help of friends she sells hot potatoes on the streets and things begin to look up for them all. But when the tallyman comes calling, they are faced once more with a future full of hardship and despair.

©2008 Dilly Court (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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A Cuckoo in Candle Lane

Summary

When Elsie and Bert Jones move with their children, Ann and Arthur, to Candle Lane, a modest street in Battersea, they miss their comfortable house in Wimbledon. But the move is the right thing to do, as it will enable Bert to finance his new removal business. They are a warmhearted family, and Elsie soon makes friends with her less fortunate neighbour, Ruth, and her daughter, Sally. But before long Elsie realises that all is not well in the house next door....

©2003 Kitty Neale (P)2019 Story Sound

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kitty Neale
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Beggar Maid

Summary

The wonderfully nostalgic, vivid and compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top-five best-selling author of A Loving Family. From the age of eight, 16-year-old Charity Crosse has been living rough with her grandfather and begging on the streets. When her grandfather passes away, Charity is helped by a kindly doctor who introduces her to bookseller Jethro Dawkins. Jethro takes Charity in to help in his bookshop and keep house in their one room behind the shop. Charity sleeps under the counter and is not well treated, but Jethro instills in her the love of books that began when her grandmother taught her to read. And she starts to hope for a better future for herself. But Jethro dies unexpectedly, and Charity is faced with eviction when the rent is raised by the unscrupulous landlord. Must Charity give up her dream of running the bookshop herself, and, worse, be forced to return to the streets...?

©2014 Dilly Court (P)2015 Magna Story Sound, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Ruthless

1 rating

Summary

1964 - London. Dolly Vincent is born to an East End gangster but is sent away for her own protection.  Mad Mick is hell-bent on his revenge and will stop at nothing to kill her. Estranged from her family, she becomes a successful barrister, but after defending a young Italian man she finds herself caught up in a secret held by a high court judge.  Tortured and left for dead, she flees London and heads to New York. Only the Vincents know where she is...but even they don't know the truth.  Now it’s 1990, and Francesca is back to face her demons...but this time she is not alone. One woman, three names.

©2016 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Christmas Rose

Summary

The third book in the stunning River Maid series from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court Standing on London’s Victoria docks with the wind biting through her shawl, Rose Munday realises she’s been abandoned by her sweetheart.  She had risked everything to get to London, but, stumbling through the pea-soup fog, she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Scared and alone, Rose steps straight into danger, only to be rescued by two women with even less to their names - a woman of the night and her young sidekick, Sparrow. With only a cluster of love letters to her name and all hope of her sweetheart’s return fading, Rose finds herself forging a new life with her unlikely companions. But when a good deed turns sour, a dangerous enemy threatens to ruin them all. Will Rose be able to save her new friends and her future? If she can, a Christmas gift awaits that will change her life forever.... 

©2018 Dilly Court (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Dilly Court
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Broken Bodies

Summary

In a man's world, it's every woman for herself.... Daisy Lane returns to her hometown of Gosport after a spell abroad. She's been getting over the bad times, having lost both her husband, Kenny, and her lover, Eddie, to violent deaths. In her months away from home, Daisy has been busy. She's given birth to a baby boy, Eddie's son, and has been plotting her revenge on Roy Kemp: the London gangster who viciously murdered Eddie. Now she's ready to carry out those plans. But is it possible for a vulnerable woman to take on a man like Roy Kemp and not be badly hurt?

©2007 June Hampson (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: June Hampson
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Raw Justice

Summary

A Vincent is dead and the police have no idea who the killer is. The notorious Ruthers, a villainous family caught up in drugs and prostitution are the only link to the murder. Dolly returns to England to do what she does best and unravels a web of lies. With her family once more behind her she will stop at nothing to exact her revenge. But nothing prepares her for the most horrific discovery.  The sinister secrets held within the judiciary are more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. The true meaning of the 'Gentlemen's Club' will shock her to the core. Older and wiser, Dolly comes face to face with her last living demon, and this time she is taking no prisoners.

©2017 Kerry Barnes (P)2019 W. F. Hows Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Hunted

Summary

Kerry Barnes is back with an explosive new series! Having spent her life watching her father run his East London firm, Zara Ezra has learnt a thing or two about being a gangster, and she’s ready to take over when the time comes. Mike Regan, a blast from Zara’s past, is the head of his own firm, but when his son is kidnapped in the middle of a gangland feud, Mike has no choice but to accept help from the Ezras to get his little boy back alive. With a rival firm playing increasingly dirty, murder moves to the top of the agenda, and Zara has some big choices to make. It seems that the only way to come out on top is to play them at their own game.... But will she become The Hunter or The Hunted?

©2018 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kerry Barnes
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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A Mother's Journey

Summary

Gosport, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Vera has led a sheltered life with her overbearing mother. But her world is turned upside down with the arrival of the Lovell family. Vera quickly befriends the daughter, Angela, who opens Vera's eyes to what she has been missing. But Vera invites the unwanted attention of Angela's father, with devastating consequences. Outraged at the news that her teenage daughter is pregnant, Vera's mother sends her to a home for wayward girls. After giving birth, Vera manages to escape, only to end up homeless. Alone and struggling to make ends meet, Vera is determined to give her son a better life. But just as their fortunes seem to change for the better, everything Vera has worked for is threatened.

©2012 June Hampson (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: June Hampson
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Diamonds in the Dust

Summary

The three Bentley children are used to fending for themselves. Their widowed mother has been forced to take a night job at Grant's clothing factory and sees them only at breakfast and on Sundays. But at nearly 18, with a job of her own, Dora is well able to look after her younger siblings.

Then one morning their mother fails to appear for breakfast. When the gatekeeper at Grant's factory tells Dora that no one by the name of Harriet Bentley has ever worked there, the children grow worried. Knowing that their mother wouldn't deliberately deceive them, they enlist the help of a neighbour, a former policeman, to help them investigate.

©2007 Beryl Matthews (P)2008 Soundings

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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She's Out

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Summary

The final act in the best-selling Widows series. After serving a lengthy sentence for the murder of her husband, Dolly Rawlins is free from prison. And she's only got one thing on her mind: the diamonds she stashed before the police caught her. But there are people waiting for Dolly on the outside ­- tough ex-prisoners who know about the diamonds, and they all want a cut.  Also waiting for Dolly is DS Mike Withey. He holds her personally responsible for the death of his sister in the diamond raid 10 years earlier. And he wants her back inside. Dolly Rawlins has other plans. But can she realise the dream that kept her going all those years in prison and avoid those who are after her?

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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The Liberty Girls

Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Liberty Girls, written by Fiona Ford, read by Annie Aldington.

The second novel in the compelling Liberty Girls series. Perfect for fans of Nancy Revell, Elaine Everest, Nadine Dorries and Mr Selfridge.

March, 1942: new mother Alice Milward is itching to return to her job as a shop assistant at Liberty’s.

Despite her husband still being missing in action, Alice is determined to give baby Arthur the best possible start. She soon settles back into the rhythm of life on the shop floor, and the Liberty Girls rally to help keep everything on an even keel.

But when the American GIs start swarming into London, there are more complications to come. And each of the Liberty Girls has their own impossible storm to weather.

As they each fight their battles on the home front, only their close friendship will give them the strength they need to carry on.

©2019 Fiona Ford (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Fiona Ford
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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The Difference a Day Makes

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One day she had everything - the next it was gone. William and Amy love their busy city life, but when Will collapses on his way into work he decides enough is enough and moves his family to the country. Three months later, Amy is standing outside Helmshill Grange, a sullen monstrosity of a house, deep in the Yorkshire moors. Within days, Will has traded in the Audi for a Land Rover and brought home chickens, goats, sheep, a serial-killer cat and a mad dog. But when tragedy strikes, Amy finds herself living a dream that isn't hers....

©2009 Carole Matthews (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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A Lonely Heart

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Growing up in fear of their cruel, drunken father, Olivia Bone and her siblings haven't had an easy start in life. But when Livvie's fiancé, Joe, is killed at Ypres, and he bequeaths her his house in Islington, it seems like the Bone family might finally escape the worst street in North London. Though their new life is anything but settled, at least Livvie has a good friend in Matilda Keiver and a better one in Lieutenant Lucas Black, her old boss at the Barratt's sweet factory. Lucas and Livvie might be from very different worlds, but he treats her with kindness and respect. As they become closer, she grows determined to assist with the war effort and help the brave men like him. Livvie's life as a factory girl in no way prepares her for the sights she sees on the front line, where she enlists as a nurse - but amongst the violence and heartache, she finds new friends and new meaning in life.  As she falls deeper in love with Lucas, Livvie realises he has secrets that he won't share - and that there can be no future for them without mutual trust. But with the world at war, should Livvie follow her heart or her head - before it is too late? Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin, Maureen Lee and Nadine Dorries.

©2018 Kay Brellend (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kay Brellend
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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The Way Home

Summary

A heartwarming saga about war, love and duty by the best-selling author of The Street and East End Angel. North London, 1916. When Olivia Bone and Lieutenant Lucas Black shared a passionate kiss one summer's evening, it seemed as if their love might finally have a chance to bloom. But their brief happiness is cut short when Lucas is sent to fight on the front line, leaving Livvie uncertain if she'll ever see him again. And after a chance encounter with one of Lucas's old flames, Livvie is left doubting whether an ex-factory girl like her will ever fit into his world - and wondering if she would be better off protecting her heart. While her friends in London busy themselves with marriage plans and dreams of babies, Livvie returns to France, throwing herself into her work as a war nurse on the Western Front. But when two German prisoners are admitted at the hospital, the dangers of war suddenly feel much closer to home - and Livvie is forced to be braver than she has ever been before.... Can Livvie and Lucas find their way to a brighter future before the war tears them apart? Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin, Maureen Lee and Nadine Dorries.

©2019 Kay Brellend (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Annie Aldington
Author: Kay Brellend
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible