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Anne Baker

Anne Baker trained as a nurse at Birkenhead General hospital. After her marriage she went to live first in Libya and then in Nigeria. She eventually returned to her native Birkenhead where she worked as a health visitor for over ten years before taking up writing.

Her Merseyside sagas are irresistible and unputdownable which explains why The Guardian’s list of top 100 library authors ranks Anne higher than Charlotte Bingham and Meg Hutchinson.
 

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Wartime Girls

Set in Liverpool during the Depression and the Blitz of the Second World War, Anne Baker's dramatic saga brings a close-knit community vividly to life.

It is the day of the Grand National, 1933, when Susie Ingram's fiance, Danny, is killed in a tragic accident. In a cruel twist of Fate, Susie discovers she is carrying Danny's child and, shunned by his parents, she turns to her mother for support.

Louise Ingram, widowed during the First World War, knows how hard it is to bring up a family alone, but with the help of her eldest daughter, Martha, who lives next door, they manage to survive. When little Rosie is born there is no doubt that she is Danny's daughter, but it is destined to take many more years of heartache before the two families are united again...

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A Liverpool Legacy

Set in Liverpool at the end of the Second World War, Anne Baker's saga will move you to tears of sadness and joy.

On a spring day in 1947, Millie and Pete Maynard take their daughter Sylvie on a boat trip that is to end in tragedy. Poor Sylvie blames herself for the accident and Millie needs all her strength to comfort her children and overcome her grief. Then Pete's will is read and further heartache lies in store...

Meanwhile, Pete's younger brother and his good-for-nothing sons try to take control of the family business, but they've underestimated Millie's indomitable spirit. She's worked in Maynard's perfume laboratory for eighteen years and is determined to protect her husband's legacy no matter what obstacles are thrown in her way...

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Love Is Blind

A family struggles to survive bereavement, bombing and bitter rivalry... Patsy Rushton's brother Barney doesn't know the meaning of hard work, so when their father tragically dies, Patsy has no choice but to save the family's business. Meanwhile, Barney has got his girlfriend pregnant and, feeling trapped, he abandons her and leaves Merseyside altogether. But trouble follows Barney wherever he goes and when he learns of his sister's growing success, he can't help feeling resentful.

Why is their mother, Beatrice, so quick to forgive him? Surely, she can't be blind to his faults? As Patsy is to discover, there's something else about Barney that is frightening her mother so much she has never dared to speak of it before...

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Nancy's War

When Nancy Seymour's RAF pilot husband, Charles, is killed, her life falls apart. Not only has she lost the man she loved so dearly, but she also loses her home and must find a way to support herself and their little girl, Caro, on her own. With the outbreak of World War Two, Nancy is grateful for the sanctuary offered by Charless father in the form of a little cottage in the countryside. But his mother Henrietta resents the kind gesture. She has always disapproved of her sons wife and seems hell-bent on making her life a misery. Nancy has little idea, though, of the depths to which Henrietta is prepared to sink. For there are dark and sinister secrets lurking on her late husbands side of the family. With the danger of war ever-present, Nancy must find the strength to protect those she holds dear through years of hardship and peril. And, if she survives all this, perhaps she can still hope for a second chance at happiness...

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Through Rose-coloured Glasses

Dinah Radcliffe doesn’t have much money to spend on the finer things in life, but she shares a contented existence with her mother, Sarah. They have seen their share of troubles since Dinah’s father was killed in the Great War but the Radcliffes have always made the best of things. When Dinah meets widowed businessman Richard Haldane at the races, her life changes beyond recognition. Richard sweeps Dinah off her feet, dazzling her with a glimpse of wealth and privilege beyond her wildest dreams, and they are married in a matter of weeks. But Richard is not the man Dinah thought he was. Soon, she's learning that money can't buy you happiness. And that she's married to a man who takes far more dangerous risks than just betting on his horses...

A compelling saga of family secrets, heartache and happy endings.

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All That Glistens

When jeweller Edwin Jardine gives a job to Hilda Thorpe, his daughter Jane suspects that he's been blinded to the attractive widow's flaws by her looks and her hard luck story (she's alone with a teenage daughter, Kitty).

Jane's dismayed when Edwin and Hilda become romantically involved; she knows that her father deserves happiness again after the death of her mother, but must it be with Hilda?

With the help of her new fianc Nick, Jane begins to unravel the shocking truth about Hilda's past and soon she fears that Edwin may be about to take a step he will live to regret bitterly.

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The Best Of Fathers

Childhood sweethearts Mary and Jonty have battled against the odds to be together.

Forced to run away from home because Marys father disapproved of their relationship, theyve built a happy new life for themselves. Now they long to be blessed with a child, but it seems that's not to be. Until one stormy night when a yacht is dashed upon the rocks near their home. Mary and Jonty rush to the crews rescue. Amid terrible carnage, they manage to save a baby, who they name Charlotte and keep her as their own.

Charlotte grows up to be devoted to her parents, but fate intervenes when she decides to train as a nurse in Liverpool. For Liverpool is where her real family lives: and it seems that past secrets are to be uncovered with shocking consequences.

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The Wild Child

Hilary is a nurse, she's serious and bespectacled and what she wants from life is a happy marriage and motherhood.  Her sister Isobel is the family beauty, she's seeking fun and exctement.  Boyfrieds flock round her wanting to give her a good time but this lands her in trouble.  She worries then that her secrets will find her out.

But Hilary faces a nightmare, her much loved twin boys are struggling at school where their difficulties wth reading and writing are turning happy children into wild and troubled lads. With no understanding of dyslexia, Hilary doesn't know which way to turn.

Her sister Isobel is closest.  Can she provide the help they need?

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A Labour Of Love

Its 1980s Merseyside and teenage cousins Sophie and Charlie are at a turning point in each of their lives.

Sophie, seventeen years old and stunning, falls in love with Darrell, the school caretaker, who has plans to make it big with his rock band. But when Sophie discovers that shes pregnant, her relationship with Darrell comes to an end.

Though happiness is on the horizon for Sophie, it will take her time to realise who she is destined to be with. Charlie, eighteen and having struggled at school, is unhappy in his job as a chef. With Sophies help, Charlie joins the family business with surprising results

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Let The Bells Ring

Hannah and her mother Esme are lucky to escape when their home is destroyed during a bombing raid.

Forced to move in with Esme's difficult sister-in-law, they make the best of things, and soon Hannah falls for the boy next door, Eric Goodwin.

But Esme's worried; she's always been afraid of Eric's father Arnold, and she suspects that Eric is a chip off the old block, full of charm but up to no good. Is innocent Hannah being drawn into an unpredictable and dangerous world of crime?

'A stirring tale of romance and passion, poverty and ambition' Liverpool Echo

A compelling book that you just don't want to put down' Southport Visiter

'A lively and entertaining affair' Historical Novels Review

Another nostalgic story oozing with atmosphere and charm' Liverpool Echo

'A heartwarming saga' Woman's Weekly

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Keep The Home Fires Burning

A heartwarming romance set in Merseyside during and after World War I.

Lovely young Cathy is left pregnant with her first child when her husband is killed in the war. For a while she lives with her in-laws, but she leaps at the chance to return as a maid to the household where she worked before her marriage.

With the birth of her daughter she is compelled to return to her parents-in-law, a less than ideal situation, particularly when in due course Cathy is being courted by dear old friend.

When Cathy marries again and sets up in the antiques business with her husband, it looks like at last she will find the happiness she deserves, but she has made an enemy who can't bear to see Cathy enjoying her life...

'This novel is a joy to read' Coventry Evening Telegraph

'A surefire winner for all fans of the romantic saga' Lancashire Evening Post

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A Pocketful Of Silver

It’s 1920, and Ellie Valentino is just like any other happy five-year-old growing up in Birkenhead. Although her father is dead, and her mother works hard, Ellie’s grandmother Bridie is always there to provide a welcoming hug when the little girl returns from school.

But, one tragic day, Ellie’s secure world is suddenly torn apart with the mysterious death of her mother, and Ellie is forced to live with her uncle Mick, a man with a violent temper.

As the years pass, Ellie’s yearning to know the truth about her mother's death never fades - it even casts a shadow over her blossoming romance with childhood friend, Franco Baldini.

For Franco knows more about that fateful day than he dares admit, especially to Ellie. Can their love survive when Ellie longs to uncover events that Franco is desperate to forget? And will Ellie ever find out what really happened to her mother...

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A Mansion By The Mersey

Lorna Mathews couldn't be happier, it's July 1930 and the new owner of the business, Mr Wyndham, wants to keep her on. But the revelation that Lorna is the illegitimate daughter of Oliver Wyndham leads her to hard truths and difficult choices.deserves?

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So Many Children

Beth Hubble has grown up in extreme poverty in Dock Cottages – a filthy slum teeming with scruffy, malnourished children. And, although she loves training to become a nurse, problems at home are never far from her mind.

Beth is shocked when doctors tell her mother that, after fourteen pregnancies, she is too frail to survive another. She’s also angry because her mother was refused help to avoid becoming pregnant again. Resolving to find out how the middle classes keep their families small, Beth tries to get her hands on books written by the notorious Marie Stopes. But in 1920 birth control is a taboo subject, and Beth’s quest for knowledge is thwarted at every turn.

Beth’s older sister also has a burgeoning family which she can’t afford to feed, and Beth is determined that she won’t follow the same path. She falls in love with Andrew Langford, a hospital lab technician, who he hopes will take her away from the tenements for good. But will he want to marry a girl from Dock Cottages? And will Beth ever find the love and happiness that she deserves?

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Goodbye Liverpool

When Josie Lunt is tragically and suddenly made a widow the day before her daughter’s eleventh birthday, she turns to her husband’s colleague, Luke Palmer, for comfort. Luke is handsome and caring but, unbeknownst to Josie, he has few friends and many secrets.

Luke is keen to marry Josie - and with a growing daughter to feed and a single income to survive on, Josie eventually decides that it’s the right thing to do. But Luke is not what he seems, and it’s not long before Josie regrets her decision.

In order to escape a man they now fear, Josie and Suzy must flee from Liverpool, leaving everything they love behind. Crossing the Mersey, they arrive at ‘The Lawns’, a huge house in a wide, tree-lined road on the outskirts of Birkenhead, which is to become a sanctuary. Josie is taken on as the new cook for the difficult Mrs Smallwood and her family, and she and Suzy soon relax into a new way of life. Indeed, despite the many tensions within the Smallwood family, happiness at last seems within their reach. But the past eventually catches up with Josie, bringing with it fresh terror and heartache...

“Much vitality and local colour” Liverpool Echo

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A Glimpse Of The Mersey

Daisy Corkhill has spent all sixteen years f her life living above Sampsons – the local fishmongers and greengrocers in Liverpool’s Market Street. But in all that time she has never discovered who her parents were – or why they left her to be brought up by the couple she now calls Uncle Ern and Aunt Gladys. Whilst Daisy yearns for the love and security that a family of her own would give her, she finds great comfort in her relationship with Brenda, her sophisticated and very beautiful older ‘sister’.

It’s an ordinary day in March 1919 when Brenda arrives home from work at the local dress shop flushed with excitement. She has just set the date for her wedding to businessman, Gil Fox. Daisy hears the news with a sinking heart for there’s something about the handsome Gil she just doesn’t trust.

Not long after their wedding Brenda begins to realise that Gil is quite the man she thought he was. While happiness seems to be eluding her, Daisy’s dreams are about to come true. Ellis, Gil’s upright, kind and dependable brother, a survivor of World War I, falls in love with Daisy.

Marriage and a family of her own are finally within her reach. But will they be enough to get her through some stormy times ahead?

“A delightful tale of love and family” Women’s Realm

“A stirring tale of romance and passion, poverty and ambition...an engrossing read. ” Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool Lies

It is 1941 and Connie and Lottie Brinsley are nurses at Liverpool’s Walton Hospital. When heavy bombing is followed by the news that their home has taken a direct hit and their parents and little brother are dead, the two sisters are utterly devastated.

Shortly afterwards, they are shocked to discover that their uncle Steve is not who they thought he was. As Steve reveals one family secret after another, it becomes clear that the Brisleys have been living a lie for years. And Steve’s not the only on who’s hiding the truth, for when Lottie meets and marries Waldo Padley, no one – least of all Connie – tells her that he’s a liar and a cheat. While Lottie is away from home working as an army nurse, Waldo pursues an occupation that will end in disaster. But, no matter what life throws at them, the sisters find the strength to face the troubles ahead.

“A classic romantic tale” - Ipswich Evening Star

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Echoes Across The Mersey

It’s August 1941, and the threat of war is weighing heavily on the people of Liverpool, but beautiful Sarah Hoxton has other things on her mind, for Toby Percival, the dashing son of the owner of the factory where she and her mother work, has told her he loves her. Her mother is afraid they’ll lose both their jobs and Sarah is worried she’ll hurt John Ferry, who’s been courting her for years, but she’s prepared to risk everything for Toby’s love.

Toby has been at loggerheads with his autocratic father for come time. That he’s involved with one of the factory girls proves to be the last straw and his father does his best to separate them. Father and son become locked in a fierce battle. Toby is determined to defy him and turn his back on his family, but is caught up in the patriotism and fever of war spreading across Europe.

As the First World War rages on in Europe, Sarah finds that love alone is not enough to overcome the obstacles that face her, but with the help of her friends, her family and a resilience she never knew she possessed, she discovers that there is light at the end of the darkness, though it shines from a different direction to the one she expected.

“A compelling book that you just don’t want to put down” Southport Visitor

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The Price Of Love

Kate McGlory longs to be loved. Her seven younger brothers are cherished by their doting mother Lena, but for some reason Kate tends to be forgotten. Then Kate catches the eye of Jack Courtney when she is serving behind the counter of Halliday’s newsagents and at last she too is adored.

But their courtship is not straightforward. Jack comes from a family of wealthy ship owners in Merseyside, who may not approve of their match; Lena is terrified that history will repeat itself if her daughter falls in love with a man above her station; and worst of all, Jack has not been entirely honest with Kate from the start….Only time will tell what the price of love is for all of them.

'A classic romantic tale' - Ipswich Evening Star

'A tender tale...' - Newcastle Evening Chronicle

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A Liverpool Lullaby

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Young and pretty Evie Hobson spends her days serving behind the counter at her father's chemist shop. Joseph Hobson is a bullying man and Evie isn't the only one who lives in fear of her father's violent temper.

Then one day a bedraggled woman arrives at the shop and dies on the premises. Evie is shocked to discover that the mysterious woman was in fact her mother, whom she had been told had died many years ago. Why had her father lied to her? What secret was he trying to keep?

One thing's for sure, Evie can't take much more from him and when she catches the eye of local lad Ned Collins they plan to run away to begin a new life together. But even when she has escaped and has started a family with Ned, Evie has a long way to go before her happiness is secured...

“A heartwarming saga – fans of Anne Baker definitely won’t be disappointed” Woman’s Weekly

“It is a truly compelling and sentimental story and rich in language and descriptive prose” Evening Chronicle

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With A Little Luck

Alice Luckitt is only nineteen when her father, Len, commits suicide. Her mother disappeared several months before, so Alice goes to live with her grandparents, Edith and Monty. They love her dearly but are often too preoccupied to have time for poor Alice. Her only real pleasure comes form the hours she spends next door with Nell Ainslie and her handsome son, Eric.

Slowly but surely, Alice comes to terms with her loss. But when Uncle Frank gets involved in the bakery business where she works, a chilling memory from the night of Len's death comes back to haunt her.

And a shocking revelation changes the whole family...

"A gentle tale with all the right ingredients for a heartwarming novel" - Huddersfield Daily Examiner

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Moonlight On The Mersey

Returning to Merseyside to join her stepmother's medical practice, Jill decides to uncover the truth behind her painful childhood memories.

When Jill's stoical stepgrandmother tells her the harrowing tale of her tragic past, Jill must learn the price of forgiveness and the power of love.

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A Mersey Duet

When Elsa Gripper dies in childbirth on Christmas Eve, 1912, her grief-stricken husband is unable to cope with his two newborn daughters, Lucy and Patsy, so the twins are separated.

Elsa's parents, who run a highly successful business, Mersey Antiques, take Lucy home and she grows up spoiled and pampered with no interest in the family firm. Patsy has a more down-to-earth upbringing, living with their father and other grandmother above the Railway Hotel. And through further tragedy she learns to be responsible from an early age. Then Patsy is invited to work at Mersey Antiques, which she hopes will bring her closer to Lucy. But it is to take a series of dramatic events before the twins are drawn together...

"Oozing with atmosphere and charm" - Liverpool Echo

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Merseyside Girls

The Siddons sisters were brought up to respect their elders and uphold family honour. When Katie falls pregnant her father will not forgive her...

... But she's not the only one with troubles, Amy loves Paul but the mention of his name is forbidden, and Nancy is eager to wed Stan before the war.

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Nobody's Child

Abandoned by her mother at birth and brought up in Wales, illegitimate child Lizzie Mortimer is unaware of her heritage and of the riches to which she is rightful heir. But when her brother Joey takes her to Merseyside, Lizzie is increasingly drawn to the wealthy Mortimers - the family she has never known.

'A stirring tale of romance and passion, poverty and ambition...everything from seduction to murder, from forbidden love to revenge.' Liverpool Echo

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Legacy Of Sins

"Your mother was a naughty girl. She sinned." Aunt Maud's cruel words shock Rosie Quest. But they also explain the atmosphere of hostility that surrounds her on the run-down Wirral farm: no wonder her aunt resents having had to take in an illegitimate child, born in the workhouse. It's quite a relief to escape every day to her job as a machinist in Shearing's garment factory, even though Beatrice Shearing is a demanding employer.

But when Rosie catches the eye of Ben Shearing, Beatrice is having none of it: her son is much too good for a mere factory girl. When she fails to halt the romance by conventional methods, Beatrice resolves to try more drastic tactics, even if that means uncovering family secrets best left buried.

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Paradise Parade

Living above her stepfather's fish and chip shop on Merseyside's Paradise Parade, Emily Barr is glad to escape to her job in a jewellery factory.

When she is promoted to work for young Mr Giles, the owner's son, she is the envy of her friends, and to her surprise he seems to want to woo her....

The compelling saga of love and betrayal from the Sunday Times bestselling author Anne Baker.

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Like Father Like Daughter

A poignant saga of love and family from Sunday Times bestselling author Anne Baker

When Elin is seduced and left pregnant by her wealthy employer, she agrees to marry the butler. Despite poverty and abuse, her daughter Laura forges a successful career, but it takes a twist of fate to reunite Laura with her wealthy relatives and to enable her and her mother to at last find love.

'Highly observant writing style..a compelling book that you just don't want to put down.' - The Southport Visitor

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Liverpool Love Song

When Helen Redwood is tragically widowed, she and her daughter, Chloe, move to Liverpool to be closer to her family. But it is being in her beautiful garden with her handsome young gardener, Rex Kenwright, that saves Helen from grief. Rex is no stranger to bereavement himself but, while he finds comfort in Helen's company, it is seventeen-year-old Chloe who steals his heart.


It is the swinging sixties, however, and Chloe has dreams of her own. When she announces that she is moving in with her boyfriend, Adam Livingstone, and there's a baby on the way she has no idea of the devastating effect this will have on those she loves. Nor does she realise the rocky road to happiness that lies ahead...

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Mersey Maids

When widower Henry Knell loses his glove-making business to the Dransfields his life is well and truly ruined. With his six young daughters, he moves into rented rooms in a Merseyside back street.

Meanwhile, Hattie and Maggie, the eldest girls, are trying to hold the family together. Sophie Dransfield's husband, Daniel, takes pity on the poverty-stricken Knells and offers Maggie a job as a maid in the Dransfields' nursery.

Maggie's beautiful blonde hair soon catches the eye of Sophie's brother Tom, whose dashing brother, Luke, is equally enchanted by Hattie when she joins the household as a lady's maid. But the fortunes of the two sisters do not run according to plan... 

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