1945 - the war in Europe is over. It should be a time of utter joy and celebration. Most women can't wait for their men to return; but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire; Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard; and on the occasions he'd come home from leave; he'd hit her. He wasn't a good father; either. Luckily Judith has found an unlikely ally; a friend to turn to - Maynard Esher; from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town. But Judith knows that when her husband returns; she and her children will be back in the firing line again. She decides that for the children's sake; she must leave her husband. But with the house rented in his name and other accommodation scarce; where on earth can they go...?
A Time for Renewal
In the wake of World War Two; the whole country is desperate for houses; with very little money available to rebuild. In the town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire; Mayne Esher has no choice but to turn Esherwood; the war-damaged stately home which has been in his family for generations; into flats. Rebuilding Esherwood won't be easy but with Judith Crossley by his side; Mayne hopes to restore it to its former glory. First; he must open it up to some of his long-suffering army friends... and it soon becomes clear that the house isn't the only thing which needs rebuilding. Victor is fighting his late wife's rich and arrogant mother for custody of his daughter Betty. Ros has been cheated out of her money and has nowhere to go now she's been demobbed from the army. Daniel is still unsettled after his wartime experiences. He's waiting for his divorce to go through and has family problems that take him away from Rivenshaw. Francis hasn't even been in touch. On top of these troubles; saving Esherwood proves to be a difficult undertaking for Mayne and Judith. And certain people will stop at nothing to prevent it happening. In this time of renewal; will the group find a way to rebuild their lives; and the old house; as planned?
A Time to Rejoice
The heartwarming third instalment of the Rivenshaw series from bestselling saga writer Anna Jacobs. After a stray bomb scored a direct hit on his childhood home in Hertfordshire; the only thing that has kept Francis Brady going while he works day and night salvaging what he can from the rubble is the thought that soon he'll be joining war-time friends Mayne; Daniel and Victor as electrician in their new dream building firm in Lancashire. But things are not going to plan: Mayne isn't answering any of his letters; Francis' wife is having a change of heart about moving up north - and her parents seem set on destroying his reputation... A lot of marriages are breaking up in these times of change; and Francis is loathe for his to be one of them... But how can he turn down the opportunity of a new life and career in Rivenshaw? Meanwhile in Rivenshaw itself; newly married Mayne and Judith's plans to convert Esherwood house into flats have come to an abrupt halt. While clearing out the house in readiness for the rebuild; they've discovered that someone has been stealing valuables and hiding them in the old Nissen hut. But who hid them there - and are they planning on returning for them? And are they also responsible for something else found in the shelter: a body; buried in a shallow grave... With so much going against them; can these four friends ever turn their dreams into reality
Gifts For Time
Germany 1939; and Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport; unsure that she'll ever see her beloved mother and father again. Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling; who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had. But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies. While her will cannot be found; her money-grabbing niece appears out of the blue to claim her inheritance and turfs Christa out; with only a suitcase to her name. The prejudice against Germans still runs high in England; and Christa is unable to secure a job or a place to stay... Luck comes her way when a lady she saves from being mugged turns out to be Mayne Esher's friend Daniel's mother. Taking pity on Christa; they take her to Rivenshaw where they plan to start a new life as part of the Esher building firm. There Christa is welcomed with open arms and she soon develops a love for the place; the people and; Daniel... But Esherwood is not the trouble-free sanctuary she first thinks. Determined to do their bit for soldiers returning from the war they have agreed to allow the council to build prefabs on some of Esherwood's garden. But an empire-building town planner seems set on taking all of Mayne's land for the war effort... Mayne has also discovered a secret door at the back of the old Nissen hut; with a complicated locking mechanism that has local locksmiths dumbfounded. Just what is hidden behind the door to warrant such high security
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