The Katie Flynn Collection is packed with ten heart-warming and moving reads about young people, their lives, love and jealousies. All the compelling stories are played out against the hardship and humour of a Liverpool background.
Katie Flynn Collection 10 Books Set
1. The Mersey Girls
In 1913 Evie Murphy leaves Ireland to make her fortune on the stage in Liverpool, taking her baby daughter Linnet - but not Linnet's frail twin sister, Lucy. Years later, Lucy discovers the truth about Linnet, and embarks on a quest to find her.
2. Strawberry Fields
When twelve-year-old Sara Cordwainer, the unloved child of rich and fashionable parents, sees a ragged girl with a baby in her arms outside her church, she stops to talk to her, pressing her collection money into the girl's icy hand. But from this generous act comes a tragedy which will haunt her for years. When, years later, Sara meets Brogan, a young Irishman working in England, she feels she has found a friend at last. But Brogan has a secret which he dare tell no one, not even Sara. And in a Dublin slum, Brogan's little sister Polly is growing up. The only girl in a family of boys, she knows herself to be much loved, but it is not until Sara begins to work at the Salvation Army children's home, Strawberry Fields, that the two girls meet - and Brogan's secret is told at last...
3. The Girl from Penny Lane
Young Kitty Drinkwater lives in Paradise Court, just off Burlington Street. Life is tough in Liverpool in the years after the First World War and Kitty is always hungry and dressed in rags. As the eldest child, she is the scapegoat for her feckless, drunken mother. She dreams of a better life...Lilac Larkin's prospects, by contrast, are very different; she is beautiful, self-possessed young woman, and even when her pleasant job as a lady's maid comes to an end and she starts work in a bag factory, she is sure that her life will be full of promise and excitement...So when the two girls meet by chance in a millinery shop, neither can have any idea what changes in their lives the encounter will bring nor how strangely fate will work to bring them together once more.
4. Liverpool Taffy
Life is hard in 1930s Liverpool, and Biddy O'Shaughnessy is left destitute when her widowed mother dies. Forced to work all hours for Ma Kettle, owner of the local sweet shop, she can soon take no more and runs away. At first luck appears to be on her side. Sharing a flat with Ellen, an old school pal who has a special 'friend' paying the rent, keeps the wolf from the door. But fate conspires against them and Biddy finds herself homeless once more, living rough on the mean streets of Liverpool. When she applies for the post of maid with the Gallagher family, Biddy starts to feel she might at last be able to lead a normal life. Especially when she meets Dai, a young Welshman working the trawlers. But Nellie Gallagher has a secret that will change all their lives...
5. The Rose of Tralee
Rose Ryder worships her father, a tram-driver. She dreams of driving trams too, even though it's not considered a job for women. When her father is killed, Rose and her mother turn their home into a boarding house, and Colm O'Neill arrives from Dublin.
6. Polly's Angel
It is 1936 and Polly's guardian angel has to work overtime when her large family is forced to move from the countryside they love into central Liverpool. Money is desperately short and with her mother working and her father sick, Polly is easily led astray by a new pal, the handsome, idly Sunny Anderson. But soon war looms, and Sunny joins the navy to train as a signaller. After the horrors of the May vlitz, Polly too decides she wants to help her country and goes into the WRNS. She hears that an old pal, Tad Donoghue from the Dublin slums, is now in the Royal Air Force. Tad hopes to be reunited with his Polly, but she is in love with Sunny...isn't she?
7. Heading Home
Claudia and her younger sister, Jenny, live with their parents, Louisa and Cormack Muldoon, in their grandmother's house in Blodwen Street. Louisa has a good job in a dress shop on Scotland Road and Cormack is a supervisor at the nearby tobacco manufactory. They assume they are settled for life, but then Grandpa Muldoon has a seizure and begs his son to return to Kilnevin and the family croft
8. A Mother Hope
Along a blacked-out wartime street a girl is scurrying, a basket on one arm. As the sirens begin and the bombs crash down, she is filled with panic and, with a heavy heart, abandons her burden in a sheltered doorway, meaning to return later. Even as she disappears in the resulting chaos, the bundle in the basket begins to wail. Years later, two young unfortunates meet on a miserable November day. Martin has been desperately trying to hitch a lift along the lonely windswept road and when he sees a weeping girl in front of him, he hurries to catch her up. Rose and Martin become unlikely companions until they go their separate ways, not expecting to meet again. However, fate decrees otherwise ...
9. The Girl from Sea forth Sands
Liverpool 1902. Bill and Isobel Logan scratch a living by selling their shrimps around the streets, but Amy, their youngest daughter, hates the smell, about which their neighbour, Paddy Keagan, constantly taunts her. When Isobel dies, Bill marries Suzie Keagan, a good-looking widow but lazy and selfish. The Keagans move in and tension begins to mount...Amy is desperate to get away. She takes a room share in the city centre but Liverpool is in turmoil with strikes and riots, and life is hard for young girls. Furthermore, Amy's visits home and spoiled by the presence of the hated Paddy...A warm and moving story of young people and their loves and jealousies, played out against the hardship and humour of their Liverpool background.
10. Rainbow's End
The stories of two very different girls: Ellen, in Liverpool, bringing up her sister and brothers single-handedly; and Maggie in the Dublin tenements, working for the Nolan family and falling in love with Liam. World War I will change everything - and uncover a link between the families.
Katie Flynn Collection 10 Books Set
Katie Flynn is the author of numerous historical and romantic fiction novels. She has lived for many years in the north west of the United Kingdom, where she started her career writing short stories and articles. She has over 90 novels published under various pseudonyms, one of which is Judith Saxton. For the past few years she has had to cope with myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome) but continues to write.
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