As a young widow left badly off, and with three children to bring up, Fiona had come to know all the problems of trying to make ends meet. So despite the inevitably disapproving comments of her own mother, reckoned locally to be an interfering woman, she advertised for a lodger to help pay for some of the bills. Bill often described himself as a middle-of-the-road man, valuing his freedom where personal matters were concerned, but it was not long before Fiona found she was wondering just what her world had been before he came into it.
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He might be outwardly an ordinary enough bloke, but he appeared to possess some pretty extraordinary qualities, which proved to have a great and lasting effect on the future lives of Fiona and her young family. So despite the inevitably disapproving comments of her own mother, reckoned locally to be an interfering woman, she advertised for a lodger to help pay for some of the bills Bill Bailey, the rugged Liverpudlian, was now a fully fledged Tyneside building contractor, as staunchly loyal to his squad of workmen as they were to him.
He had also met and married Fiona, a young widow with her own lovable family, to which she and Bill shortly added with the adoption of the orphaned Mamie. Life was good, but the economic climate was growing distinctly cloudy, and it was vital that Bill land the contract of a major development scheme. Competition was fierce, and when his men came under attack, Bill was sure that someone was out to spoil their chances for the job.
In this, the third novel of a trilogy, the atmosphere in the Bailey household was alive with anticipation. It was not only because Christmas was approaching or even that Bill Bailey was tackling the biggest project of his career.
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Only after returning from his well-attended funeral did Fiona Bailey realise just how much she would miss Davey Love. She suffered some miscarriages and couldn't have children. She took up writing as a form of therapy to tackle her depression, and joined Hastings Writers' Group.
Her first novel was published in She wrote almost books, which sold more than million copies, her novels being translated into at least 20 languages. She also wrote books under her childhood name, Katie McMullen, and under the pseudonym Catherine Marchant. She passed away on 11 June in North East. She remained the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK for 17 years, losing the title only in , four years after her death.
Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers. Her books have sold millions of copies, and her characters and their stories have captured the imagination of readers around the globe. She passed away in , but luckily for her fans, Annie, the illegitimate daughter of Kate Hannigan, battles her way out of the slums of turn-of-the-century England and into the arms of a loving doctor and a poor Oxford-educated man who lives down the road Alison Read, orphaned at the age of two, had for some years lived and worked with Paul Aylmer, her appointed guardian.
Paul, an experienced antiques dealer whose business thrived in the south-coast town of Sealock, had come to rely on Alison, who had With a harsh childhood behind him, Riley left school with little but optimism, secure in the knowledge that one of his teachers, Fred Beardsley, had faith in his future. On honeymoon in Paris, Fred and his wife are amazed to find Riley appointed as a Ellen Jebeau married a man who did little but dream, and who then died with debt his only legacy.
Whatever else her marriage had lacked, however, she had her son Joseph. Ellen resolved he should have all in life she had missed and to achieve that end As a man who has clawed his way to the top in late nineteenth-century England, Samuel Fairbrother sees the purchase of a mansion on the outskirts of Fellburn as a fitting display of wealth, but his clashes with the disdainful butler Maitland almost d Bridget Gether's parents were killed in the wartime Blitz so she had lived with the Overmeers at Balderstone, their sprawling property in the Northumbrian countryside, since she was a child, Unaware that she had been manipulated into agreeing to marr As soon as she saw Shekinah Hall on the wild moorlands near Hexham, Constance Stapleton was attracted to it.
With her marriage to Jim on the brink of collapse, Connie sensed that the move would initiate the separation from Jim she knew was inevitable Fourteen-year-old Marie Anne Lawson, youngest daughter of a prosperous Northumbrian family, fleeing from something she couldn't bear to see, fell and broke her ankle. She was discovered by a local man who, because of a disfigurement, was known therea Pine Hurst has been home to the wealthy Steel family for generations. And since her mother's death, eldest daughter Beatrice has controlled the estate -- ruling her father, Simon, and her three younger sisters with an iron fist.
For Beatrice, control Money is tight in the farming communities around Fellburn in the s, so when Hector Stewart announces that he is to marry wealthy Moira Conelly, it is his son Daniel who guesses the real reason for the union. However, Moira has not been entirel Years ago Bill Bailey had met and married Fiona, a young widow with her own family.
The Baileys made their home in the Tyneside town of Fellburn, where Bill's business prospered. When one of Fiona's children, Willie, acquired a new friend, the waywar Set against the Northumbrian coast in the s, the events of this love story take place over one day: a day during which everyone involved discovers that the consequences of an innocent meeting are far more significant than the event itself Even in the heat of battle, Geoff Fulton would always carry with him the memory of the night he was on leave, when his timely intervention rescued fourteen-year-old Lizzie Gillespie from the oldest of perils for a young girl.
The year was and t Close to her fifteenth birthday, Jinnie Howlett, a reluctant inmate of a northern workhouse, was offered a position as a maid-of-all-work by the Shalemans at Toilet's Ridge Farm, a bleakly isolated farm near the Cumbrian border. Before long, howe The Golden Straw, as it would be named, was a large, broad-brimmed hat presented to Emily Pearson by her long-time friend and employer Mabel Arkwright, milliner and modiste.
And before long it was to her employer that Emily owed the gift of the busin It had never been the best of marriages and over recent years it had become effectively a marriage in name and outward appearance only. Yet, in the autumn of , Winifred and Daniel Coulson presented an acceptable facade to the outside world, for Emma funnell is the matriarch of Bramble House, built for her as a wedding gift. Now, in , she is in her seventies, with the avowed intent of living to be a hundred. And, as she has always done, she continues to rule the roost, for apart from h Ward Gibson knew what was expected of him by the village folk, and especially by the Mason family, whose daughter Daisy he had known all his life.
But then, in a single week, his whole world had been turned upside down by a dancer, Stephanie McQueen, Unable to obtain a divorce from his alcoholic wife, Nathaniel Martell and his mistress defy convention and live together openly. They manage not only to feed, clothe, and educate their six children but to create a warm family life.
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As Anna Martel Orphaned at a tender age, Millie Forester is adopted by "Raggie Aggie" Winkowski, and she suffers misfortune and misplaced love as she grows to adulthood side by side with Aggie's son, Ben, whose love for Millie increases over the years A century or so ago there lived at Heap Hollow Cottage, situated near Fellburn in County Durham, a man and a woman and their six children.
By all appearances they were a close and loving family. Yet across the happy facade lay a shadow that had lengt Even the approach of Christmas, , fails to excite the restless Agnes Conway, the twenty-two-year-old manager of her feckless father's adjoining sweet and tobacconist shops. There are dark secrets in Arthur Conway's past, and these come tragically This modern-day tale features an irresistible hero, Bill Bailey, who, from the moment he arrives to take up residence in Fiona Nelson's home, makes his presence felt in no uncertain terms.
As a young widow left badly off, and with three children t Bridget Dean Mordaunt was a woman of consequence in her own part of the world.
The Bailey Chronicles Series by Catherine Cookson
Inheriting her father's businesses at the age of 19, by the time she was 23 in , she was running them as confidently as any man. Yet the path destiny required her In this, the third novel of a trilogy, the atmosphere in the Bailey household was alive with anticipation. It was not only because Christmas was approaching, or even that Bill Bailey was tackling the biggest project of his career. No, all the excitem At twenty-one, Jinny Brownlow was, to all intents and purposes, alone in the world, a typist at a large engineering firm in the Tyneside town of Fellbum, with her only outside interest the local theatre group, where the only role she seemed to play w Young Frederick Musgrave was never more agile than when navigating his sculler across the waters of the Tyne between the busy seaports of North and South Shields in Already his services were in demand as a carrier of messages and certain small Nancy Ann Hazel--free-spirited child bride, she abandoned the shelter of the vicarage to embrace a life of vibrant challenge Bill Bailey, the rugged Liverpudlian, was now a fully-fledged Tyneside building contractor, as staunchly loyal to his squad of workmen as they were to him.
He had also met and married Fiona, a young widow with her own loveable family, to which she an Agnes Thorman- the proud, forlorn mistress of a once-grand estate, society forbade her the man who was her equal in all but name As World War I approaches, Foreshaw Park, the rundown estate of the once-wealthy Thorman family, becomes the setting for the burgeoning romance between the Thorman's elder daughter, Agnes, and Robert Bradley, a hired hand Bill Bailey came into the life of a young widow Fiona Nelson and her three children as a lodger.
He appeared to be ordinary enough but behind his rough charm lay some remarkable qualities, which were to have a great and lasting effect on the future l Roddy Greenback -- handsome, ambitious, a talented artist, he fled his heritage for the wider world, while a terrible secret haunted all his dreams Mary Ellen Lee -- she desired Roddy with a young girl's first recklass passion -- but sens A legacy of hatred can be a terrible force in life, over which not even an enduring love and all the fruits of material success may prevail.
Catherine Cookson explores this theme in a major novel that will absorb and enthrall her readers as irresisti The imaginary horse has vanished from Maisie's life, and in the days after the death of her second husband she takes comfort from the company of a cheerful, bright-eyed little Cockney boy named Harold. There would be times when Riah Millican came to regret that her miner husband had learned to read and write, and then shared that knowledge with her and their children. For this was Durham in the s, when employers tended to regard the spread of e It seemed the clouds that had darkened so much of Maisie's early life had really cleared away.
Freed at last from a disastrous marriage, she had also become a best-selling author with her very first book: all about Hamilton, the remarkable horse who Maisie could never be quite sure when she met up with Hamilton; most likely, it was when she started talking to herself as an often lonely seven-year-old.
Hamilton, an imaginary horse, had to remain a secret for many years, for what would people thin Emma had only one legacy from her father - the art of wielding the whips A gift that would bring her torment, honor and tragedy.
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