Can love find a way this Christmas?
Christmas 1941, Isle of Dogs. The little community on Slater Street has fought valiantly to keep their spirits up through the long nights of the Blitz. Though her husband, Alan, has been called up to serve his country, Kay Lewis is determined to give her young son Alfie and friend Vi as merry a Christmas as any other. But when a strange woman and her son arrive on her doorstep, Kay’s world is shaken to the core.
Could the terrible accusations that Dolly makes about Alan be true? Could he really have been leading a double life without her realising? Has he really stolen a large sum of money from Dolly and her son, Sean?
Then disaster strikes as Alan is reported missing in action. With no way of discovering the truth, Kay will have some difficult decisions to make if she is to protect her family and keep her faith in the man she thought she knew.
A moving tale of triumph in the face of adversity, A Wartime Christmas will transport you to a period when the Christmas season was a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. AMAZON
In April of this 2013, Simon&Schuster republished Connie of Kettle Street as Cockney Orphan. This is an exciting story set in the Blitz of London. Once again, not only has the book been re-titled by Simon&Schuster, but has also been treated to a brand new cover.
Amidst the death and destruction of war shines a ray of hope 7th September, 1940. The Isle of Dogs, heart of London’s docklands, suffers the first terrible night of a nine-month Blitz. But for Connie Marsh, the discovery of an orphaned baby boy amongst the rubble brings a glimmer of hope to a time of darkness and suffering. She also finds herself falling in love with handsome Vic Campion, the man who helped her rescue the child they’ve named Lucky. But Connie’s happiness is not to last. When his call-up papers arrive, Vic leaves for the navy – and Connie knows she might never see him again. And when a sinister figure emerges, claiming to be Lucky’s grandfather, she is terrified of losing the child, too. Will she turn for comfort to Clint Hershey, the dashing GI who makes no secret of his admiration for her? Will she stay true to Vic, the man she really loves? To discover more about the Rivers books and read extracts please visit my webpages at AMAZON
A SISTER’S SHAME (2012) is set in 1934. 18 year-old Marie Haskins has stars in her eyes. She has real talent, a beautiful singing voice and the determination to succeed. She and her twin, Vesta, look set to take on a celebrity career. But fame and fortune is a double-edged sword and Marie must decide if she is willing to pay the price of stardom. To read more please click on the “Books” link above or visit Amazon to read an extract AMAZON
Below is the gorgeous jacket cover of 2011′s novel, “In the Bleak Midwinter.”
A loyal sister must fight to prove her brother’s innocence . . .
It’s November 1918 and a few weeks have passed since the Armistice that ended the Great War. Life in London’s East End is slowly returning to normal. But for Birdie Connor the battle is only just beginning.
Frank, Birdie’s brother, has been sent to prison for deserting his army post, and the shame heaped on the Connor family is unrelenting. Birdie’s widowed father has disowned Frank and vows never to set eyes on him again and Donald Thorne, her beau, is determined that she should do the same if they are ever to be married. But Birdie cannot believe her brother is guilty.
So when Frank escapes from prison and comes to find Birdie in secret, she promises to help him. But little does she realize that she is exposing herself, and those closest to her, to great danger.
Will Birdie be able to rescue Frank and reconcile him to their frail father before it is too late? And can she build a future for herself and her younger brother, Patrick? To read an extract visit please visit AMAZON
ROSE OF RUBY STREET has been given the new title of EAST END JUBILEE and a lovely fresh jacket cover. This book opens on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation, June 1953. EAST END JUBILEE was published in May 2012 to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
June 2nd, 1953. The residents of Ruby Street in London’s East End are celebrating the new Queen’s coronation. It’s a day of joy and laughter, a new beginning for a nation still in the grip of rationing, still suffering the aftermath of the Blitz. But for Rose Weaver, the day ends in tragedy when her husband Eddie is arrested on suspicion of theft. It’s only the first of several shocks as Rose discovers some unpleasant facts about the man she married eight years before, the man she thought she knew so well. Struggling to provide for herself and her two daughters, Rose realises that she’ll need the help of family, friends and the good neighbours of Ruby Street if she’s to have any chance of pulling through. And when a handsome salesman knocks at her door, it’s hard to resist temptation. To read an extract please visit AMAZON
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