Book List in Order: 56 titles

  • Where there’s muck, there’s mettle…Dolly Tomkins has always known what it is to live hand to mouth. In the mean streets of a Salford struggling under the mantle of the Great Depression, the only one making a decent living is the talleyman.Thoug...


  • She wanted a new life. Now she’s risking it to save others. Cecily Hanson longs to live life on her own terms -- to leave the shadow of her overbearing mother and marry her childhood sweetheart once he returns from the Great War. But when her fi...



  • Sunday Times bestselling author Freda Lightfoot is back with a heartwarming story of life after the war.She must keep her family together… The war is over and Evie Talbert eagerly awaits the return of her three children from their evacuated homes. ...


  • Brenda Stuart returns to her late husband’s home devastated by his loss only to find herself accused of bestowing favours upon the Germans. Life has been difficult for her over the war, having been held in an internment camp in France simply becaus...


  • It is 1936 and Spain is on the brink of civil war. Across Europe, young men are enlisting in the International Brigade to free their Spanish brethren from the grip of fascism, leaving sisters and lovers at home. But not all women are content to be...


  • Lady Rowanna Blamire, the spirited and much cherished daughter of a Royalist has lived for much of her life in Yorkshire because of a family feud, about which she knows little. But now her grandfather has died, her Parliamentarian uncle, Carus Blamir...


  • 1945. Finally, peace has been declared. Cathie hardly dares believe that Alex, the fiancé she has not seen for nearly two years, is coming home. And, finally, life can begin again for Cathie and the orphaned baby in her care.But the Alex who returns...


  • After her mother’s suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child―and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. D...






  • Beautiful and talented actress, poet and fashion icon, Mary Robinson was one of the most famous women of her time -- yet she died virtually penniless, her reputation in ruins. For Mary was destined always to be betrayed by the men she loved, whether...


  • From Sunday Times bestselling author, Freda Lightfoot. From brief riches to rural rags and ruin…1920s, Manchester. Living in the deprived area of Ancoats area of Manchester Polly Pride feels more fortunate than most until her husband Matthew loses ...



  • Passion, jealousy, scandal and betrayal -- a true-life Regency Romance of the rise and fall of an extraordinary woman born into extraordinary times. Growing up in a poverty-stricken, fatherless household, Dorothy Jordan overcame her humble beginnings...


  • 1905. Rosie Belsfield feels as if her life has ended when she is rejected from Ellis Island and put on the next boat back to England, leaving her family behind. But fate gives her a second chance when she befriends Lady Rosalind, a pregnant widow on ...


  • Henriette d’Entragues isn’t satisfied with simply being the mistress of Henry IV of France; she wants a crown too. Despite his promises to marry her, the King is obliged by political necessity to ally himself with a rich Italian princess. But Hen...


  • ‘You can’t put a price on Freda Lightfoot's stories from Manchester's 1950s Champion Street Market. They bubble with enough life and colour to brighten up the dreariest day and they have characters you can easily take to your heart.’ The Northe...


  • San Francisco, 1904. Georgia Briscoe, a young woman from a good family, is unwillingly betrothed to businessman Drew Kemp when she falls for handsome British sailor Ellis Cowper. Drew has the charm to dazzle everyone around him, but once the couple ...



  • As the Great War looms, will the women of Kendal rise to meet the challenge?After giving birth to her daughter, Kate O’Connor finds herself back in Poor House Lane with some momentous decisions to make. Faced with the opportunity to move out of...






  • Sixteenth-century France. Gabrielle d’Esrées’ one wish is to marry for love, but her mother sells her as a mistress to three different men before she catches the eye--and the heart--of Henry of Navarre, King of France. Henry promises to marry he...


  • I was engaged with the story from page one. She piles horror on horror – rape, torture, sexual humiliation, incest, suicide - but she keeps you reading!Historical Novels Review Nov 2009 on House of Angelsa fascinating, richly detailed setting with ...


  • Two years have passed since Livia and her sisters were made to suffer the harsh brutality of their corrupt father and finally all seems well in the Lake District: Livia is set to marry the handsome and caring Jack Flint who longs to settle down and s...


  • The Brandon twins are unalike in every way except in their love of their home, Larkrigg Hall. Beth is the romantic one with dreams of an idyllic life in rural Lakeland. Sarah is ambitious, ready to take risks with the family business to achieve the l...


  • Life is hard for Meg Turner. She lives on a lonely farm in the bleak but beautiful mountains of the English Lake District with a bully of a father and a brother who resents her. They want to keep her stuck at home, but Meg wants more than the kitchen...


  • Meg Turner is at last doing the job she loves. But life as a sheep farmer -unusual for a woman even in war time - proves tougher at times than she expected. With her loyalties divided she fears losing the one man she truly loves should he decide to g...


  • Marguerite de Valois, the most beautiful woman in the French Court, is the subject of great intrigue. She loves Henri of Guise, but is married off to Henry of Navarre, which -- her mother hopes -- will bring peace to the realm. But, within days, the ...


  • Just returned from the Napoleonic wars Raul Beringer discovers that as well as contending with the enmity of his younger brother, Maynard, the legacy of his late father's wine business in Madeira must be shared with a penniless orphan, Coriander May....


  • When the Honourable Felicity Travers discovers that her late father has arranged a marriage for her, she considers this stretches duty a little too far. For one thing, she is expected to marry Jarle Blakely, the man she believes to be responsible for...


  • Abigail Carter feels stifled as companion to Emilia Goodenough, and the responsibility of her wayward sister Polly. Then Emilia's nephew, Carl Montegne, sweeps the ladies off to Italy to help him search for the long lost family fortune. But even a ro...






  • It's the day of her beloved father's funeral and Harriet can hardly take in her grandmother's words. Joyce, the woman she has always called Mam, isn't her real mother after all. At least that explains why Joyce has always favoured Harriet's broth...


  • It's the Lake District, 1908. To all appearances, Livia, Ella and Maggie Angel lead a privileged life in a large country estate, with seemingly little to disturb their happiness, but since the death of their mother, their family home has been a far f...



  • ‘Romance doesn’t come sweeter than this tale of love and chocolate set in the grimy streets of 1950s Manchester.’ Lancashire Evening Post‘The new series will be greeted with joy by the thousands of women who enjoy her books.’ Evening Mail, ...


  • Patsy Bowman is a newcomer to the Champion Street market. Riddled with insecurities, her impudence wins her enemies as well as many new friends. But her curiosity soon starts to unravel secrets that the Higginson sisters would much rather keep hidden...


  • In 1950s Manchester, folk are just emerging from the shadow of the war. Money is still tight, and the bustling market is a source of tempting bargains—as well as the local gossip. Dena loves her Saturday job at the market cafe, and her smile makes ...


  • The Great War is over and Kate is ready to welcome back Eliot with open arms. But Kate has become used to her independence, and to running the shoe factory; and Eliot's return creates tensions, particularly with Kate's son, Callum. It tears Kate apar...


  • It might be a friendly invasion, but when hundreds of US Marines arrive at the quiet Cornish town in the summer of 1943, they turn several lives upside down. Bette Tredinnick, footloose and fancy free, embarks on a whirlwind romance with a handsome G...


  • Dolly Tomkins knows what it's like to live hand to mouth. In the mean streets of 1920s Salford, the only one making a decent living is the talleyman—and Niffy Jack has a moneybag where his heart should be. When Jack offers to wipe the slate clean i...


  • The childless Tysons offer to adopt widowed Kate O'Connor's son Callum and employ her as his nanny, and she seizes the chance to give him a better life. It is a bittersweet arrangement, but it turns out that Callum faces a greater danger from Eliot ...






  • Alena wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life with her childhood friend, Rob. However, Rob's wealthy father tries to force them apart and they run away together. When they are discovered life becomes even harder—Rob is sent away to sc...


  • They called it the Christmas Blitz, but there are no festivities for Jess, locked in the cellar by her feckless, tarty mother. And when Lizzie is imprisoned for shoplifting, Jess is sent to live with her uncle, a bullying black marketeer, who treats ...


  • Three girls are seeking escape. Each of them is captivated by the travelling theater, each is pretending to be someone she is not, and all are in love with the same man. Katherine is escaping her marriage and throws herself into an acting career, ...


  • Daisy is devastated when her lover, Percy, abandons her and her mother throws her out, having first forced the girl to give up her baby son for adoption. She is evacuated to the Lake District, where she sets up a guest house with her black-sheep aunt...


  • When Molly McBride realizes that she is terminally ill, she arranges for Ruby, Billy, and Pearl to be taken in at Ignatius House, the local orphanage. Ruby is a rebel at heart and often in trouble with the strict nuns. When she is sixteen, she is for...


  • In 1942, three young women craving adventure join the Women's Timber Corps, all for different reasons. After the rigours of forestry training in Cornwall and a spell as acting air-raid wardens, the trio are posted to the Lake District. But their enem...


  • Isabella has always been her father's favourite, but when she becomes involved with the new birth control movement, her father is scandalized. He tells himself that it will be merely a phase, but as Bella's enthusiasm for "fallen women" shows no si...


  • When the Honourable Felicity Travers discovers that her late father had arranged a marriage for her, she considers this stretched duty a little too much to ask. For one thing, she is expected to marry Jarle Blakely, the man she believes to be respons...


  • World War II may be over, but Polly Pride feels as though the fighting has moved to her own home. Polly knows that she risks losing everything, but refuses to go back to Ancoats and a life of grinding poverty. And she won't stand by and watch her fa...


  • From the moment James informs Charlotte of her inheritance, his life is turned upside down. Despite their dislike, they are thrown together time after time as he is forced to protect her from unsavoury characters who have an eye on her wealth, and ha...






  • Penniless and alone in the world, Coriander knows that life must have more to offer than drudgery in a Cornish orphanage and fending off the unwelcome advances of unscrupulous Ezra Follett. As though in answer to her prayers, Ralph Beringer, newly re...


  • Five years into the American War of Independence, young Hester Mackay and her Aunt Kizzy are reduced to taking lodgers into their once grand Charleston mansion in order to make ends meet.But Hester had not bargained on getting an English black market...


  • Polly Pride lives with her protestant husband Matthew and their two children in the poor part of Manchester. Despite money worries they are happy, but when Matthew loses his job, Polly decides she must do her bit to keep the family from starvation. S...


  • Despite her passion for photography, twenty-five-year-old Abigail Carter feels life must have more to offer than being companion to Mrs Emilia Goodenough, and standing in loco parentis to her firvolous younger sister Polly....


  • Lily Thorpe has big dreams—she wants to make her fortune as a dressmaker, get away from the poor fishing community of Carreckwater, and she wants to marry Dick Rawlings, her secret sweethert. But when tragedy strikes and Dick is killed in a boating...


  • Lissa Turner seems to have everything. But Lissa's real mother left her as a baby, and her feelings of confusion have persisted through the years. Secretly Lissa wants nothing more than to be loved and cherished, but her lack of faith in herself laun...


  • Wilful and beautiful, Charlotte Forbes is to inherit a fortune on her eighteenth birthday. But Sir James Caraddon, the rising star of Pitt's government, informs her of a scandal lurking in her past. Charlotte escapes by joining a troupe of strolling ...