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MAY 1945 In post-war Leith, the church bells have barely stopped ringing but the Anderson family must quickly come to terms with the harsh realities of peacetime Britain. As Johnny's hopes of a life in politics finally come true, his vows to remain a dutiful husband and father and to keep himself aloof from the murkiness of the Westminster establishment are proving problematic. Peacetime is not easy for Johnny's Polish brother-in-law Hans, either. Meanwhile, probationer nurse Kitty -- Johnny's daughter from his first marriage -- gets caught up in a sensational trial when her friend Laura's brother is accused of murder. Supporting Laura and her mother throughout the trial, Kitty becomes fascinated by the seemingly cold, eloquent and masterly prosecuting counsel -- and he is equally bewitched by her. When they meet again four years later, will the memory of how he ruthlessly pursued Laura's brother prove to be a barrier to a future relationship? Moving On is a saga of love, family and friendship in hard times, with the Anderson family finding that, even after the war is over, they still have their problems of their own to resolve.
Leith, 1953. Kirsten Mowat, eighteen years old and with a joyful spring in her step, couldn't be more in love with her sea-faring sweetheart Duncan Armstrong. But, seven years later after a hasty wedding, a twist of lies and wrenching loss Duncan and Kirsten's relationship has faded to tatters. When those closest to her turn their backs, Kirsten alone, with a young family to care for must gather all her spirit and strength if they are to survive. From much-loved Millie Gray, The House on Rosebank Lane is an Edinburgh story of families entwined, of sorrow and hopefulness . . . and of a young mother's love for her children and a transforming quest for happiness
It's 1962 and Freda Scott and her five schoolmates are eager to embark on their life journeys. Madly in love with the dashing but unattainable Ewan, Freda instead throws herself into a hairdressing career, and soon she and her best friend Robin have established their own flourishing business. The future looks rosy, until Freda's life is turned upside down by a brutal attack. As Freda struggles to come to terms with what has happened to her, she relies on her old friends more than ever. Dear Robin and Freda's ever-faithful friend Hannah come to her rescue, and Freda accepts the new path her life has taken. However, a chance meeting with her old love Ewan brings a potentially life-changing dilemma. Does Freda dare to finally put herself and her own desires first? Or should she simply accept her lot in life? The consequences of her decision could change all of their lives forever. Millie Gray once again brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of the era with all the hardships and struggles as well as the fun, warmth and humour of everyday life. A Cut Above is a charming, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel of enduring friendship and love, and the lengths that true friends will go to for each other.
Based in the shipyards of Leith, Silver Linings follows the ups and downs of the Anderson family through the darkest days of the Second World War as they struggle to survive. When war breaks out in 1939 the Anderson family ready themselves for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for the death of matriarch Sandra while giving birth to surprise baby Rosebud. Promising her mother that she will take care of her newborn sister, pampered fifteen-year-old Kitty must abandon her dreams of a career to become the family drudge. And Sandra's heartbroken husband, Johnny, swears never to remarry and instead finds solace in his work, becoming a respected trade union activist in the shipyards. Yet with the help of Johnny's domineering mother Jenny and spinster sister Kate, the family find the strength to carry on. And when life throws new opportunities at them, Kitty and Johnny are sorely tempted to pursue happiness where they can find it. But can they live with the guilt of breaking the solemn promises they made to Sandra on her deathbed?
In When Sorry Is Not Enough, the thrilling sequel to The Tangling of the Web, Sally Stuart's adventures in post-war Leith continue. Four years on from discovering their true heritage, Sally and Luke have overcome their animosity to forge a trusting relationship. And now Luke has returned home from his post as a detective in the Hong Kong police force to prove the innocence of his friend Irish, who is in prison for the murder of his wife. Luke believes Irish was set up and asks for Sally's help to prove it. But, as always, Sally has her hands full: as well as tending her flourishing business empire, she must also pick up the pieces when her family runs into trouble, from her feckless sister Josie to her self-centred daughter Margo. Moreover, she must put her own dreams on hold because the man she loves is not free to be with her. So when Luke suggests that Sally return to Hong Kong with him to start a new life, she is sorely tempted. Will she really leave her beloved Leith behind?
This is the prequel to the Campbell family saga. Anna Campbell, a Leith 'worthy' in the full sense of the word, never turns anyone away from her door. The condemned tenement is the home to many families in dire poverty and Anna, known as a 'wise-woman', hatches and dispatches and treats all minor ailments for her friends. She dedicates her life to raising six children, four boys and two girls who are not her own. The girls, Rachel and Bella, remain with her into adulthood and despite her care she is horrified when fifteen-year-old Bella becomes pregnant by Gus, someone she had given shelter to in his hour of need. Gus skips the country and is hotly pursued across the world and made to return to marry Bella. The bane of Anna's life is the ne'er-do-weel Gabby, Rachel's father. Little does she realise that her continuing desire for revenge against him will have such a devastating effect on Rachel and also the rest of the family. The story covers an eighteen-year period from 1908. The families struggle to cope with daily life but there are bigger tragedies in store. The sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, the Gretna Rail Disaster, the Spanish flu - all have serious repercussions on the lives of the families involved, and Anna, as ever, is there to help them come to terms with them. The story highlights the amazing Leith community spirit of all concerned who lived through this period.
Millie Gray returns to wartime Leith to weave another tale full of warmth and humour, hardship and survival. Living in the same neighbourhood as the Campbells of Millie Gray's previous bestsellers, the Glass family is struggling to make ends meet. With father Tam taken captive by the Germans, his wife Dinah and his children are left to fear the worst. While Dinah seeks comfort in the arms of various soldiers, the children, including the headstrong Crystal, fear for their father's and their own safety as they are forced to evacuate their beloved home. When, miraculously, Tam returns alive, the family must face the consequences of the past in order to build an ever-tenuous future in post-war Scotland.
Sally, who married young to escape her appalling childhood, is often left to bitterly reflect on the hand she has been dealt. She is, on the whole, happy caring for her handsome husband, his mother, her own three children, one of whom has a disability, and her Walter Mitty sister. Then suddenly her world comes crashing down when her husband leaves her with no warning. She is helped unexpectedly by a friend whose advice stands her in good stead and by hard work and sheer determination she soon turns around a Leith pub which has a shocking reputation as a house of ill-repute. During all her trials she still finds time to care for her ever increasing family and, having been a victim of abuse, she is always on hand to assist her many, some dubious, friends to realise their potential. But as Sally is to discover, there is no escape from the past and when it comes back to haunt her she is astounded when a family friend supplies some answers to awkward questions which have troubled her all her life. Bestselling author Millie Gray returns to post-war Leith to weave in her own inimitable way a tale of struggle, hardship and intrigue.
This brilliant sequel to Millie Gray's first novel, "In a Class of Their Own", continues the story of Rachel Campbell and her family. It's October 1954 and Sam is home from his eventful National Service experiences in the Korean War. Meanwhile, Rachel's eldest daughter Hannah is due to have her second child on a remote Hebridean island and the birth is far from straightforward. Sam joins the police and he finds it particularly challenging to be competing with his more academic brother Paul. Then, just as life seems to be settling down for the Campbells, Rachel gets news that her estranged husband Johnny has died - some fifteen years after he'd deserted his family. And, typically, Johnny has left a mess behind him which Rachel has to clean up. Millie Gray once again brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of the postwar era with all the hardships and struggles as well as the fun, warmth and humour of everyday life.
"In a Class of Their Own" tells the story of one family's life in Leith through the dark and difficult years of the Second World War. Like so many others, Rachel Campbell wants a better life for herself and her four children but her feckless husband Johnny isn't helping. And when he finally deserts her, Rachel is left to fend for herself and her children through the poverty and dangers of wartime. Based on the real-life wartime experiences of author Millie Gray, "In a Class of Their Own" brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of the time with all the hardships and struggles as well as the fun and humour of everyday life.
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