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Chocolate Girls

Author: Annie Murray

Publisher: Pan Books (2008)

Three very different women work together at Cadbury's Bournville factory, and their lives become entwined by war and work - and a child called David. Edie, the main character, marries young to escape her unhappy family home. Widowed at 19 and, after losing her child from the marriage, she faces the war grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Blitz, an infant mysteriously abandoned during the bombing is handed into her care... Ruby, meanwhile, doesn't want to be left behind in the wedding stakes and settles for marriage with Frank. Finally there's Janet, kind-hearted and susceptible to male charm, who is hurt desperately by an affair with a married man.David, the child who steals Edie's heart as she brings him up through a time none of them will ever forget, is the love of all their lives. And when David is old enough to wonder who he really is, he leads Edie through struggle and heartache to a life and love she would never have dreamed of...

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Christmas At Tiffany's

Author: Karen Swan

Publisher: Pan Publishing (2011)

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Cinderella Sister

Author: Dilly Court

Publisher: Arrow (2011)

Lily Larkin is the youngest of six and the least important member of her family. With their father dead and their mother a stranger to them, she must stay at home and keep house whilst her elder siblings go out to work. As she goes about her daily chores, her head is full of dreams. And she longs for the day she can have a life of her own. When a fire threatens to destroy the nearby docks, Lily's act of kindness towards a handsome foreigner has disastrous consequences for the whole family. For shortly afterwards they are thrown out of their home and have no choice but to move into two mean rooms above the fire station where Lily's brothers work. Here the family struggles to make ends meet. But just when things might be looking up for them all, Lily makes a terrible error of judgement. In anger her eldest brother turns her from the door. Forced onto the streets, Lily wonders if she'll ever see her family again...

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Conditional Love

Author: Cathy Bramley

Publisher: Corgi Books (2015)

A takeaway, TV and tea with two sugars is about as exciting as it gets for thirty-something Sophie Stone. But when a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance, Sophie has to accept that change is afoot. There is one big catch: in order to inherit, Sophie must agree to meet the father she has never known. Saying 'yes' means the chance to build her own dream home, but she'll also have to face the past and hear some uncomfortable truths... Will Sophie be able to build a future on her own terms - and maybe even find love along the way?

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Confusion

Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard

Part of a series: The Cazalet Chronicle

Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2013)

London and Sussex, 1942. The English family in turmoil . . . The long, dark days of struggle provide the poignant background to the third book of the Cazalet Chronicles. As the war enters its fourth year, chaos has become a way of life. Both in the still peaceful Sussex countryside, and in air-raid-threatened London, the divided Cazalets begin to find the battle for survival echoing the confusion in their own lives . . .

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Constantines Defiant Mistress

Author: Sharon Kendrick

Publisher: Mills & Boon (2009)

Housekeeper: at the Greek's beck and call. Constantine Karantinos is Greek through and through! When he learns he has an heir he will do anything to claim him. Even if he finds it hard to remember bedding the child's mother - Laura was nothing more than a dowdy little waitress. Though maybe if he were to have her again, that would refresh his memory... Now Constantine's summoned Laura to Greece, but she's more wilful than he remembers: determined to pay her way as housekeeper, by day she insists on cooking and cleaning. However, by night Constantine still insists she fulfils her bedroom duties...

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Cotillion

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Arrow (2005)

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune – the wily old gentleman has hatched a typically freakish plan for his stepdaughter's future and his own amusement: his fortune will be Kitty's dowry. But while the beaux are scrambling for her hand, Kitty counters with her own inventive, if daring, scheme: a sham engagement which should keep wedlock at bay ...

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Count Maxime's Virgin

Author: Susan Stephens

Publisher: Mills And Boon (2009)

Her lips ... her full, trembling lips ... tempted him. He leaned his weight against her and felt her body respond. Was that only to him? He pulled back again and stared down at her. She met his gaze levelly, and this time there were no tears. `I want you,' she murmured, and her eyes had grown dark and slumberous. Brushing her hair back from her brow, as if he would find some thing to steal his trust away beneath its silky weight, he dipped his head and kissed her. It felt like coming home. He had to remind himself he had many homes and didn't stay long in any of them. Susan Stephens was a professional singer before meeting her husband on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. In true Modern"" Romance style they met on Monday, became engaged on Friday and were married three months after that. Almost thirty years and three children later, they are still in love. (Susan does not advise her children to return home one day with a similar story, as she may not take the news with the same fortitude as her own mother!

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Cousin Kate

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Pan (1968)

This is one of Georgette Heyer’s later works and is much more serious and darker than her other books. The setting is classic gothic and mention of strange sounds in the night, locked doors and family secrets pepper the plot. The characters include a mad man, who is kept in an isolated wing of the mansion; Aunt Minerva, a callous, scheming individual and the orphaned and penniless heroine. On top of all this, there is the classic romance between the vulnerable heroine and the solid, sensible Philip. Who could ask for more?

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Craving The Forbidden

Author: India Grey

Part of a series: The Fitzroy Legacy

Publisher: Mills & Boon (2011)

The wrong Fitzroy brother? Ticket-dodging in a First Class train carriage is not how bubbly Sophie Greenham envisaged meeting Kit Fitzroy, fearless army hero and brother of her friend Jasper. The smouldering heat between her and Kit is an unwelcome shock – especially as Sophie’s masquerading as Jasper’s girlfriend all holiday! Although Kit’s bravery is legendary, he’s dreading the return to his bleak ancestral home. But Sophie’s vibrancy dispels the shadows in his tortured soul, consuming Kit with a potent desire for the one woman he’s forbidden to touch…

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