Cast A Long Shadow
By Elizabeth Jeffrey
The year is 1916 and twenty-year-old Poppy Barlow is clearing the desk of her late father when she comes across a faded photograph of her father with his two sisters - aunts that Poppy never knew she had - along with their address. Poppy contacts her aunts, and is thrilled when they invite her to stay with them in Sheffield. But while Dale House might look grand from the outside, on closer inspection, the place is run-down and crumbling.Poppy determines to change all this and applies for a job at the local scythe works - to the horror of her aunts. As Poppy learns to survive, she is tormented by many unanswered questions. Why had her father rejected Dale House? Why had he never mentioned his sisters or the past? And what could have happened between her aunts and Frederick Kenton, her new boss, that could cause them so much anguish every time his name, or the scythe works, is mentioned?
Change For A Farthing
By Ken McCoy
Ten-year-old Amy Farthing miraculously survives the sinking of the Lusitania, but loses both her parents in the disaster. However, on her arrival in England, her rich paternal grandfather, Godfrey Farthing, disowns the little girl, for reasons he will not divulge. Although she is confused and hurt by his behaviour, Amy is thankfully welcomed by her maternal grandmother, Beth, and quickly exchanges her life of privilege in New York for the hard realities of a mill town in Yorkshire. Despite the differences, Amy starts to settle in, adjust to her new surroundings and make friends, especially with local lad, Billy Eccles.However, unbeknownst to Amy and Beth, Amy is the one true heir to the Farthing fortune, and Godfrey is prepared to take whatever measures necessary to ensure she never finds out . . .
By Ken McCoy
When Susan, Jimmy and Billy Bairstow are found alive in their bombed home, they are nicknamed 'the miracle children'. But losing their parents and having to live with their Aunt Dorothy doesn't feel very lucky. Especially when, unable to cope with all three children, Dorothy sends Billy to an orphanage.Susan and Jimmy are shocked and lonely, and when they then hear that Billy has died, they decide to run away. It is on this same adventure that they meet Freddie. Susan feels the first stirrings of love for the young serviceman but chances are they will never meet again - Freddie is off to war.Susan and Jimmy reluctantly return to Dorothy's house, but there are silver linings in the clouds ahead - including their aunt's revelation that Billy is alive. Only now it will take all of their strength and courage to find their little brother and bring him home.
Catch A Falling Star
By Ken McCoy
The only life Dove McKenna has ever known has been one of the open road. Living with her parents and her brother in a show wagon, travelling from town to town, performing for folk happy enough to pay them for their entertainment, whilst dismissing them as 'gippos' and 'thieves' behind their backs. But it is not until after their mother's death that they settle in one place long enough for Dove to really feel her difference. The McKennas set up camp on a patch of barren land just outside Leeds and Dove and Henry finally get the chance to go to school. And though at St Joseph's they encounter prejudice from pupils, teachers and parents, they find friendships too. Dove begins to dream of acceptance and perhaps even a better home life. For, when sober, their father is an amiable enough soul, but when drunk he can be a monster. And Malachy McKenna is drunk more often than not . . .
By Anne Douglas
Madge Ritchie moves into Catherine's Land with her three young daughters when the death of her husband leaves her in reduced circumstances. By 1920 she cannot imagine life without the hurly-burly of the tenement. Two of her girls, however, dream of something very different.