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Evelyn Hood



Author of 28 published novels, Evelyn Hood has had a variety of jobs, including being a journalist and a poultry farmer. She is now a full time writer, best known for her family sagas, set mainly in her home town of Paisley (Renfrewshire) and on the Clyde coast, where she now lives. Evelyn has also written several one-act stage plays, which are regularly performed all over the world, as well as short stories, pantomimes and children's musicals.
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The Dancing Stone

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A Procession Of One

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Ellen and Mirren are mill girls who earn extra money by working in a fish and chip shop several evenings a week. Mirren is engaged to Donald who has gone to America and will send for her when he is settled. However, when he does so, she is unable to leave as her mother is sick and dying. By the time her responsibilities have ended, Donald has found another...Robbie, Mirren's brother, is getting involved with politics and often brings home a friend, Joe, usually following a fight when they need patching up. Mirren is dead against the political meetings but, after several failed dates with other men, she realises she is rather attracted to Joe.

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The Shimmer Of The Herring

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Pebbles On The Beach

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Elspeth's mother died when she was a baby and she never knew her father. Raised by her mother's cousin Flora, Elspeth is resented by her foster mother, but loved by her foster brother. She falls in love, but is rejected and then her father appears, forcing her to decide on her life's path.

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Knowing Me

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Birds In The Spring

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In a decade of peace and change, uncomfortable new conflicts are looming. Paisley, 1920. Fiona MacDowall has made it clear she intends to inherit her father's furniture emporium. Her half-brother Alex has other ideas, but it's Alex's wife Rose who objects most. Rose is a businesswoman in her own right, running Harlequin, the town's grandest and most successful dressmaker's. She is sure Fiona will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and Rose suspects that includes her own business. But there are bigger troubles on the horizon for the inhabitants of Paisley. When Irish cabinetmaker Joe McCart arrives with his family and a dark secret in tow, the community is left reeling.

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A Matter Of Mischief

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It was in the middle of a street fight during the dismal winter of 1775 that Margaret Knox first spotted Islay McInnes, a Highland girl struggling to make a living for herself and her dependants among the Paisley slums. At sixteen, Islay is already the head of her household and Margaret - a charity worker and teacher at the local school - sees it as her Christian duty to ease the unfortunate girl's plight. Margaret finds new accommodation for Islay above the shop of her friend Jamie Todd, but soon, as well as dramatically changing Islay's and Jamie's life, Margaret's benevolent spirit brings confrontation into her marriage. Her husband Gavin is a well-respected surgeon, and though they share a deep concern for the health of the community, Margaret does all she can to prevent her beloved husband intervening in God's work. For Gavin desperately seeks a cure for the pox that threatens not just the poor children of Paisley but also his own...

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Staying On

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When, after serving in World War II, her grandson Joe Scott refuses to return to Barrneuk, the small farm his family has managed for three generations on the Clyde island of Bute, Celia Scott is furious.Celia kept the farm going after the premature death of her husband and has had to keep running it into her old age, as well as raising her three grandchildren after their mother died and their father, heartbroken, left the island. She and her granddaughter Jenny have had a hard time maintaining it during the war, with a little help from Iain, her oldest grandson. Iain was to have inherited the farm, but after he was crippled in a rail accident in 1939 Joe became the natural successor. Now, his refusal to take on Barrneuk has thrown the family into turmoil, ruining each family member's plans for the future. Celia's first instinct is to let the farm go but Jenny has other ideas and so she must convince Iain that he can take on the inheritance that is rightly his.

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Looking After Your Own

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The lives and personalities of all the tenants living the Paisley tenement building in 1941 couldn't be more different, but they are all interconnected. Ellen and Donnie Borland renounced their respective Protestant and Catholic religions to marry for love. Older now, Ellen misses her faith while working hard to support her lazy husband. Julia and Frank McCosh are musicians who entertain the other tenants with their rehearsals. Celia Goudie is a young bride whose husband is in the air force. Her bus conductress job gives strength and power to a quiet, shy girl. Denis Megson forgoes university to look after his family upon his father's death. Lena Fulton is terrified of her husband being killed in the war and sinks into a deep depression upon the loss of her baby. All of the tenants are concerned with the threat of the war going on around them, but little do they realise that the most immediate danger comes from within, in the shape of the depressed Lena.

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A Sparkle Of Salt

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A Certain Freedom

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Another Day

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ANOTHER DAY - Eighteen years after being disowned by her father for falling pregnant, Kirsty Lennox returns to Paisley determined to lay to rest the ghosts of the past. However, Kirsty's new life brings her a steady stream of troubles as she has to endure the jelousy her inheritance attracts from the townsfolk, her husband Matt's crippling illness, the constant squabbling of her sons and the tragedy that accompanies one snowy February day.

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McAdam's Women

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Time And Again

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This Time Next Year

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When the modest young widow Lessie Hamilton realises she is sharing her tenement landing with a prostitute, she is both shocked and upset. So when the buxom Anna McCauley begs Lessie to help disguise the fact that one of her clients has passed away in her bed, Lessie is more than reluctant to get involved. But, soft-hearted as ever, she does and, because she's desperate to buy medicine for her sick toddler, accepts the twenty shillings Anna forces on her, promising herself one day she'll pay her back.But keeping that promise is not easy and from the day she accepts the money the fates of Lessie and her beloved younger brother Davie are inextricably intertwined with Anna's. And also with the family of her deceased client who, it turns out, is none other than Frank Warren, the prosperous sugar refinery owner whose nephew Andrew is one of the most attractive and powerful men on Clydeside.

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A Handful Of Happiness

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Jenny Gillespie has suffered her share of troubles during the Great War, not least the loss of her fiance, Robert Archer. For although Robert was not killed in action he is as dead to her as any sweetheart slaughtered in France when he eventually meets another woman. Jenny, meanwhile, is trapped in Clydeside's dockland, unable to leave her mother, who is worn out and heartbroken. Jenny has little choice but to abandon her dream of making a new start in Glasgow and return to her job in the tracing office of Dalkieth's shipyard and the domination of her relentlessly demanding family. Unexpectedly, Robert Archer returns to Clydeside and becomes Jenny's boss. Single again, penitent and seemingly eager to rekindle his relationship with Jenny, Robert would offer her a way out of the dead end she finds herself in. But Jenny, to her surprise, receives a proposal of marriage from a decent man, one that offers the obvious way to fulfil her duties to her family, escape from their cramped tenement home - and to forget Robert Archer forever. Perhaps only then, Jenny thinks, will she finally be able to reach out and grasp the handful of happiness she longs for...

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The Damask Days

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Voices From The Sea

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It is 1865 and Eppie, a young widow with a child to bring up, can't believe her luck when she gets the position of housekeeper to wealthy widower Alexander Geddes. He and his teenage son, Duncan, are a dream to work for, but daughter Lydia is moody, spoiled and temperamental - and convinced that Eppie has designs on Alexander. But Eppie is no gold-digger and Alexander Geddes has intentions that are purely honourable. Intentions that begin to lean in the direction of Lydia's governess - Eppie's sister Marion. Yet although the attraction is mutual, its development is slow. For there are other tensions not only in the household but also in the community. Refusing to train as a physician, Duncan is set on following his heart's desire, to side with his stepmother's kin and pursue his dreams of quarrying the precious local marble. Eppie, now almost a member of the family, feels partly responsible for the rift between father and son. She feels even more responsible when Duncan returns home with a stranger who has a mysterious past . . .

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A Stranger To The Town

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The Silken Thread

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Margaret Montgomery wants more from life than a comfortable marriage and home, but this isn't easy for a woman in mid-18th century Scotland. Her family is inextricably linked to the Todds and has been since the day her father brought his young bride to work for weaver Peter Todd.