Mary Jane Staples



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 45 titles

  • General Fiction

    Dec-2012

    Should she stay loyal to her country, or the man she loves? France, 1918. Sophia, the rebellious daughter of a distinguished German general, is on her way to the town of Douai to elope with the man of her dreams -- a young army officer -- against h...

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  • General Fiction

    Feb-2012

    When Jamie Blair, twenty-four, unemployed, and back from the trenches, took lodgings at Larcom Street in Walworth, he had no idea he was walking into a trap. The house was owned by Henry Mullins, big, burly, and a hard drinker. Henry made life hell f...

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  • Historical

    Feb-2012

    Adams Family - 18

    It is 1946, and with the war at last at an end, members of the Adams family who had been serving with the forces begin to come home. Boots is reunited with Polly and their twins, his son Tim returns to the welcoming arms of Felicity, and with so many...

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  • General Fiction

    Nov-2011

    When fiery Bridget Cummings advertised for a lodger, she did not expect a policeman to apply for the room. She wasn't fond of the coppers, believing them to be traitors to the poor of Whitechapel, but her younger brother and sister moved P.C.Fred Bil...

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  • General Fiction

    Nov-2011

    1925, a damp wintry night in Berlin. Englishman Philip Gibson, in Germany to seek the answers to a tantalising mystery surrounding the Grand Duchess Anastasia, witnesses an attack on Natasha, a young woman who has fled from Russia. When Philip take...

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  • General Fiction

    Nov-2011

    Brussels, 1915 It is a frosty April evening in occupied Belgium when a beautiful young woman finds herself on the run from the enemy. Also being pursued is Ned Scott, a British army major who has been badly injured. The pair find themselves at a ho...

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  • General Fiction

    Nov-2011

    Horace was ten, Ethel seven, when Jim Cooper, home from the trenches, minus an arm and just about managing on his own, found them huddled in a doorway on a wet night in Walworth. Slightly against his better judgement he took them in, fed them cocoa, ...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 14

    It is summer, 1941, and the country is still at war. In the Devon village of Ashleigh, however, evacuees from the London blitz are living in an atmosphere of rural peacefulness, although Daisy Ricketts of Bermondsey isn't sure if she'll ever get on w...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 9

    There was a double wedding planned in Walworth. Sally Brown was marrying Horace Cooper, and her brother, Freddy, was at last getting hitched to his childhood sweetheart, Cassie Ford. But the wedding wasn't the only thing being planned, for Ginger Car...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 15

    In 1941, the United Kingdom was in desperate straits, standing alone with its troops against the colossal war machine of Nazi Germany. There was always Prime Minister Winston Churchill, however, who growled his defiance to Hitler and induced in his p...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 5

    1926 was the year of the General Strike, but Adams Enterprises, under the wily management of Sammy Adams, youngest entrepreneur in Walworth and Lambeth, was doing very well. All the Adams brothers worked in the business, and so did two of the wives, ...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 11

    It was 1940, and many of the younger members of the Adams family were caught up in the war in France. Boots, now a Major and on the staff of General Sir Henry Simms, was one of the thousands of British troops trying to escape in the armada of little ...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 24

    The 1950s are in full swing, and the Adams family is blessed with many new additions. Chinese Lady now has so many grandchildren that even she can sometimes scarcely remember them all. Boots and Sammy are kept up-to-date by the Adams youngsters , som...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 29

    South London in the 1930s ...and Mrs Hilda Jones is fed up with her dull husband. She thought marrying would liven him up, but after twenty-five years he's just as boring as the day she married him , and now she wants to lead her own life. Her newly-...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2011

    Adams Family - 23

    Sammy Adams is always on the look-out for a new business opportunity. When he hears from his son David about the new-fangled supermarkets that are becoming all the rage in America, he immediately starts looking for a suitable site in South London. M...

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  • General Fiction

    Oct-2011

    Maggie Wilson was only thirty-three, but life in the teeming streets of Walworth was not that easy in 1908 - not if you were a widow with four young daughters. It was pretty much a hand-to-mouth existence and without the lodger Maggie really wouldn't...

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  • General Fiction

    Oct-2011

    The Pearly Queen was really Aunt Edie. She was thirty-nine, had a good job in a factory, lived in a flat off Camberwell Green, and had never married. Her fianc had drowned in the Thames when she was a girl and since then she had been on her own, thou...

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  • General Fiction

    Oct-2011

    Tim Parkes was three when his parents were killed in a train crash and he went to live with his Aunt May, first in New Cross, and then to Walworth where the living was cheaper. They managed splendidly - and then came the war. Tim Parkes became Gunner...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 13

    The war is only into its second year, but already it has claimed one victim from the Adams family. Emily, Boots's cherished wife, has died in an air-raid,and the whole family mourns her. But for Polly Simms the prospect of a new life dawns, while the...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 3

    Sammy was the sharp one of the Adams family.Since he was nine-years-old - when he'd charged his mother interest on a loan to make up the rent money - he'd been busy setting up deals and expanding the family business - a china stall in East Street mar...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 4

    The big event of the Walworth year was to be the wedding of Sammy Adams to Susie Brown. Susie was overjoyed when her soldier brother turned up for the festivities, but he was hiding an illness, and would soon be fighting his feelings when he meets yo...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 8

    There was a new family in Browning Street, Walworth - the Harrisons. Respectable and well-behaved, the only thing unusual about them was that Mr Harrison was never there. He was a sailor, said Ma Harrison, away fighting pirates in the China Seas. Act...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 16

    From autumn 1941 to the first months of 1942, the war continued to affect the lives of the Adams and Somers families. It was not so much the war, however, as a succession of tragic domestic events that brought a sad and lonely little girl called Ph...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 17

    It is 1944, and the Adams family, along with the rest of the people of the United Kingdom, are beginning to weary of the seemingly never-ending war against Hitler's Germany. Bobby Somers and Helene, living dangerously in the French countryside with a...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2011

    Adams Family - 19

    The seemingly endless war was at last coming to a conclusion. But for the country and for the Adams family, there were still many tribulations to be overcome. Flying bombs - the deadly V1 buzzbombs - appeared over London, causing dreadful destruction...

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  • General Fiction

    Feb-2010

    When Baroness Sophie von Korvacs meets British painter, James Fraser, one hot summer’s day in Vienna, the attraction is instant. A whirlwind romance follows, with Vienna bathed in the brilliance of the last days of the emperor. And when James propo...

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  • Romance

    Sep-2009

    When young British agent John Kirby comes to Russia in 1911 he is there to work and to explore a new and exciting country. He does not expect to fall in love, but an invitation to a ball from the Tsar changes all that and, after an evening of dancing...

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  • General Fiction

    Feb-2009

    Charming, handsome Edward Somers has been recovering from his wartime injuries in a small hotel in the South of France where he is an extremely popular guest. One day, he happens upon a nearby villa, within which lives a mysterious and beautiful coun...

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  • Historical

    Feb-2008

    Adams Family - 30

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  • Historical

    Feb-2007

    Adams Family - 28

    Austria, 1938. Anne watches in horror as Hitler's tanks roll through the streets of Vienna, amid crowds of cheering supporters. Her embittered ex-husband, now a fervent member of the Nazi cause, is among the cavalcade -- he is burning with hatred for...

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  • General Fiction

    Nov-2006

    Adams Family - 0.5

    The wonderful story of Chinese Lady and how she met Daniel Adams.Pretty, young Maisie Gibbs is a conscientious young woman, though life is harder since both her parents passed away. She is relieved when she finds a position as a housemaid in Kensingt...

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  • General Fiction

    Feb-2006

    It's 1959, and Boots Adams and his wife Polly are at their favourite Camberwell pub when they witness with horror a sudden and vicious attack on the barman, Joe, by a knife-wielding thug.Is this a sign of the times? Is contempt for old traditions and...

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  • Historical

    Nov-2005

    Adams Family - 26

    Times move on for the Adams family, and as business prospers, there are new worries to deal with. A young woman arrives who is intent on ruining Sammy Adam’s winter fashion show. Boots has to find a solution when one of his female employees tells h...

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  • Historical

    Jan-2005

    Adams Family - 27

    As the 1950s progress, several unexpected happenings ruffle the usually calm atmosphere of Adams family life. Sammy and Boots are troubled by the first stirrings of industrial unrest, as the unions start to flex their muscles and old loyalties change...

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  • Historical

    Sep-2002

    Adams Family - 20

    Excitement is running high in the Adams family. Mr. Finch, after a long career in secret government work, is to be knighted. His grandson Paul, meanwhile, working for the Young Socialists, is worried at what his fiery colleague Lucy will say if she l...

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  • Historical

    Jan-2002

    Adams Family - 22

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  • Historical

    May-1996

    Adams Family - 2

    Emily had been a quite horrible child. Pushy, rough, and none too clean (for it must have been Emily who passed on her head-lice to the Adams family), she had been the bane of Mrs Adams and her children who lived next door, and especially she had bee...

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  • Historical

    Dec-1995

    Adams Family - 1

    The Adams family of Walworth were poor, cheerful, and above all respectable - even though they sometimes had to seek a little help from the pawnbroker. Mrs Adams - affectionately called Chinese Lady by her children - was a widow, her soldier husband ...

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  • Historical

    Sep-1994

    Adams Family - 6

    Mr. Finch had never told the rest of his family the secrets of his past, or what kind of work he did for the government, and he decided not to tell them about the slightly sinister telephone calls he started receiving either. It was when he took his...

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  • General Fiction

    Everyone liked Sergeant Joe, and quite a few people wondered why he wasn't yet married. When he bumped into Dolly Smith, he finally met a girl who made an impression on him. Dolly was quick and lively, but also a little frightened—running from a ...

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  • Historical

    Adams Family - 7

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  • Historical

    Adams Family - 25

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  • Historical

    Adams Family - 12

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  • Historical

    Adams Family - 21

    By the year 1949, life in Walworth has almost returned to normal. Sammy and Boots, now in a highly successful partnership, are rebuilding the old family firm. But an old enemy resurfaces—Mr. Ben Ford, who seems determined to ruin the various branch...

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  • Historical

    Adams Family - 10

    Once they had been called Orrice and Effel, two bedraggled, scruffy waifs who lived rough off the streets of Walworth. Now they were Horrace and Ethel Cooper, grown up - quite respectable really - and living with their adopted parents, Jim and Rebecc...

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