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Elizabeth Waite

Elizabeth Waite was born in Tooting and lived there until she was thirty four years old. During the war she worked as a bus conductress at Merton garage. In 1956, she and her husband moved to Devon and bought their first guesthouse.

Now retired, Elizabeth lives by the sea in Sussex.

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Three Brave Women

Linked through marriage to three brothers, the Underwood women prove time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Jodie has travelled a hard road to reach her own prosperity, despite her husband's constant unreliability. Yet she can't bring herself to fully sever ties with John. But now with a potential new love waiting nearby, Jodie must make a decision she has been avoiding for too long.

Widowed at a young age, Lariane believes her marriage to Rick was perfect. He also left behind twin daughters, but is Lariane sacrificing their future happiness by looking for perfection? Will another man ever be good enough to fill Rick's shoes?

Dee has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores and a beautiful little girl. But she knows that her family's happiness is founded on half-truths. How long before she must come clean with those she holds most dear?

Heartfelt and captivating, Three Brave Women is a story of loyalty, family and finding strength when all seems lost.

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Sphere
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Three Brides for Three Brothers

John, Rick and Derrick Underwood are the most handsome trio of brothers in town and it takes three exceptional women to convince them to settle down.

For Jodie, marrying John seemed exciting and romantic at the time but the reality of life is proving too much. Jodie loves her husband but she doesn't know how much more she can take of his dishonest ways.

Rick's marriage to Laraine is filled with love and adventure; their life is blissful - until one day it delivers a cruel blow. Everything begins to unravel and Laraine isn't sure she's strong enough to survive.

Dee is smitten with her husband, Derrick. He does all he can to provide for her so when he's sent away to sea, she knows she will be all right. But suddenly she stops hearing from Derrick - where is he?

From the 1950s all the way through to the 1980s, Three Brides For Three Brothers is a nostalgic story of love and loyalty during the most testing of times.
 

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World Darley Anderson Agency
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Total Commitment

This is a heartbreaking and poignant family saga.

Spirited Paula O'Brien wants to escape her family home and start a new life afresh. Her abusive father terrifies her and she is scared of defying him. He had her put away in an asylum as a child, after a dreadful incident at her thirteenth birthday party, and he threatens her with the same treatment if she disobeys him now.

Paula is determined to flee the childhood home that brought her misery, and when she sees a newspaper advert for a live-in nanny her best friend Laura persuades her to apply.

And when Jeffrey Lawson, grieving for his beloved wife who died during childbirth, invites Paula to an interview, she doesn't realize it will change her life for ever.

Jeffrey doesn't expect to meet a woman like Paula, who enters his life, and that of his family, on that snowy afternoon. But can Paula put her past behind her or will it continue to haunt her?

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Wheeling And Dealing

Ella has lived in the East End of London all her life and when her husband is determined to move to Epsom to be near the racecourse he frequents and loves, Ella's refusal to move with him breaks up their marriage. It's been a tempestuous marriage - sometimes they had money, often not and when he was doing well, he liked the ladies...

Once the marriage breaks up, Ella loses the will to keep smart, trim and fit. Until her mother steps in, determined to pick up the pieces. And it works - Ella gets a job as barmaid in the British Legion club which gives her an income and a social life.

She begins to take pride in her appearance again and, when Dennis turns up for a drink one night, he is taken by surprise - and remembers what attracted him to her in the first place. Can Dennis win back his wife? Ella has to decide if Dennis can or has changed his wheeler- dealer ways...

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Sphere
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Life's For Living

When good-for-nothing Bill dies in a fire of his own drunken making, it is a bit of relief for wife Joan. Behind on the rent, scraping a few pennies together for food, at least now she is free from his physical abuse. With the support of sister Martha, Joan finds a housekeeping job in Kent which puts her on her feet.

The household is a friendly one, albeit demanding in quality and amount of work. But soon Joan's talents as a seamstress come to light and she is frequently taken away from the drudgery of cleaning to the delights of sewing.

When her employer dies, leaving her 200 guineas, Joan has a chance to set out on her own and manages to rent a shop from which she starts a dressmaking business. And then she meets the charismatic and romantic Eric - but he seems to have a bit of a past and often disappears for weeks on end. Is he a good man - or is he to be avoided?

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little, Brown
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Cockney Diamond

London 1964. It is a long time since the death of Patsy Kent’s mother left her orphaned and facing eviction from her Tooting home. What followed was her first taste of the warmth and loyalty that Londoners do best, as they took this cockney waif in as one of their own. And later, as Patsy gained a husband and four children, she discovered this London spirit all over again, as Hitler tried – and failed – to break their resolve.

Now as a mother, grandmother and even great-grandmother, Patsy is discovering that it is her family who gives her the most pleasure, but also the most pain. Like her daughter Ellen, whose marriage to doctor Robert Dellor is proving Patsy’s instincts horribly right. Not only is it a relationship that has pushed Ellen close to breaking point, but just as she seems to be recovering, Robert returns, threatening to destroy her all over again….

If that isn’t enough to worry about, there is also Patsy’s younger son David, whose wife Valerie seems determined on recapturing her youth. It is the next generation, however, that is to give Patsy the most cause for concern: Frances her only granddaughter may be enjoying the nightlife of the swinging sixties, but it is also about to land her in a whole heap of tragedy and trouble… If Patsy’s family are going to pull through, they’re going to need all the sparkle their cockney diamond can offer……

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World Darley Anderson Agency
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A London Lass

A London childhood should be a time of play, of fun and of happiness. But for Jane Jeffrey, growing up in Tooting in the early 1920s, life is anything but. For though Mickey Jeffrey is her mother’s husband, he is not Jane’s father, and for that he cannot forgive her. Losing money at the bookmakers, the Labour Exchange forcing him to go off job-hunting – it doesn’t take much to spark off his black moods, moods which he takes out on Jane.

It is with a heavy heart then that Jane’s mother decides it would be in her daughter’s best interests if she lived somewhere else. Sent to Winchelsea Lodge, a children’s home in Sussex, Jane has the opportunity to start her childhood all over again. It is a world away from London, and for the time being Jane feels as if she is among friends.

Jane’s sixteenth birthday comes round all too soon, and she faces the daunting double task of returning to London and finding a living. She settles in Balham, but thanks to her past finds work difficult to come by, ending up as a maid in a large house off Wandsworth Common. However, the mistress’s fearsome reputation is all too well deserved, and she works Jane into the ground before sacking her.

Jane though has friends. Her mother may have left Tooting a long time ago, but her indomitable neighbour Nancy still remains – the sort of Londoner who is worth her weight in gold. When Jane gets a job as a companion to a wealthy blind woman, she finally feels she has struck lucky. And that is before she discovers the delights of love…

“Full of warmth, this romantic novel captures the Cockney spirit of its age” Keighly News

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Time Will Tell

Flame-haired Wimbledon girl Joan Harvey could not have chosen a worse time to fall in love with East End looker Matt Pearson. With no end in sight to the Second World War, it is only a matter of time before he returns to the fight, and all the horror that entails. So when Matt proposes, and Joan discovers she is pregnant, a rushed marriage is her only option, despite her family’s reservations.

Missing out on the wedding she always wanted, making do without a honeymoon, Joan then has to cope with the pregnancy on her own. And the cruel fates of war are far from finished with Joan: on a visit to Matt’s family in the East End, a street accident results in Joan going into labour prematurely. As her baby is born, a bomb plunges the hospital into darkness, before Joan has ever seen her son…

None is happier, then, than Joan to see the end of the war, moving from Wimbledon to Bull Yard in the East End is a wrench, but finally she and Matt can begin to behave like a normal family, and bring up their son James and their two daughters Meg and Rose. When their home is condemned for demolition, relocation to a high rise flat looks inevitable, until a house back in Merton Park becomes available…

Finally, life is good. Joan has a husband she loves, and who loves her, a spacious comfortable house, a safe secure life and three wonderful children. But then a call from a solicitor threatens to shatter all her hard fought happiness. His astonishing news, dating back to the day her son was born, is set to change Joan’s life forever…

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Cockney Courage

When the Second World War ends, life isn’t on Easy Street for London’s East Enders. Times remain hard and ‘Lucky’ Jim Bateman can’t resist a little ‘ducking and diving’. But when he tempts fate once too often and dies in an accident, he leaves his daughter Annie orphaned, in charge of two children abandoned by their mother, not knowing how she will manage.

Nineteen and beautiful, Annie sacrifices her freedom and youth when she bravely refuses to put the children into care and, together with her grandmother and the redoubtable Rhoda, offers them the only stability they have ever known. But for how long? When Annie undertakes to trace her real parents, she discovers much more than she bargained for and realises she will have a battle on her hands if she wants to keep them. She has even more surprises to contend with when she delves into her father’s business and learns there was a lot more to him than met the eye.

With all her responsibilities and a ready-made family, Annie dream of love and marriage seems just that – an impossible dream – especially where it concerns Jack Higgins whose reserve had defied him since the war took its toll. In the face of personal and emotional upheaval, Annie, Jack and the children struggle to find a way forward. Their happiness depends on learning to lean on one another and on their community in London’s East End – where lost souls are found…

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Kingston Kate

To catch a glimpse of her red hair, sparkling eyes and shapely figure was to think Kate Kearsely, the eighteen year old daughter of a successful boatyard owner, a very lucky young woman indeed. But she was anything but lucky. Her brother had tragically drowned sixteen years previously and her father had turned to drink and violence, leading to the death of both her parents.

What is to become of her? How does she recover from such a terrible loss? With the love and sympathy of friends and relatives like Mary Kennedy, Charles Collier and her Aunt Dolly, and a motherless child called Joshua, she somehow finds a way…

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Trouble And Strife

“Another winner for Elizabeth Waite” Historical Novel Review

Ida Wilcox, a war widow, struggles to bring up her two sons and one daughter. Her sons are no problem, but her daughter, Ruby continually gets herself into trouble.
Ruby is an intelligent child, but she thinks she knows it all. Boys and sex fill her head and before she is eighteen she is saddled with two babies.

Then tragedy strikes Ruby and her mother feels useless, not knowing which way to turn. Ruby leaves London, hoping to rebuild her life on her own.
Years later, the Wilcox family has expanded. Ida's sons have done well for themselves. Ruby has carved a niche for herself and found unexpected happiness.

Ida is lonely. No one needs her. She finds a part-time job and suddenly her own life has meaning. She joins a dance class and meets Mike Moffat. The result of that meeting has far reaching consequences.....

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Third Time Lucky

Set in the fifties and sixties this saga tells the story of Evie who has three daughters with a married man, Edward. But when he has to move abroad with his invalid wife, Evie is left with the girls. Evie rebuilds her life but tragedy strikes again when her fiancé George is killed in a fire. And when he is implicated in the theft of valuable diamonds Evie has to fight to proclaim her innocence. But helped by a caring police sergeant and with the support of her beloved daughters and mum Flossie, Evie eventually finds happiness.

 

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Nippy

SET IN FAST AND FURIOUS LONDON IN THE 1920s - A WORLD OF SCANDALOUS FASHIONS AND THE 'IMMORAL' CHARLESTON

Rebecca Russell and Eleanor James have been friends from birth. Known as "The Daring Double" they are happy, spirited and intelligent. At the age of fourteen they leave school and start work at the Belle View Laundry. Eleanor, a strong-willed Tomboy takes the hard work and harsh conditions in her stride, not so Rebecca.
For years Rebecca has envied and admired the Nippys that work in Lyons Corner Houses. With their neat black dresses, crisp white aprons and starched white caps, she longs to be one of them.

Despite their different jobs, the two friends remain loyal to each other and enjoy the freer society of post-war London. Eleanor marries and settles down but Rebecca has greater ambitions, not for her the subservience of her mother's generation, she is going to own her own business and on the way to find love - real love.

"A warm-hearted family saga" Oxford Mail

"A compelling tale" Woman's Realm

"Captivating characters" Yorkshire Evening Post

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Second Chance

Barbara's first chance comes in 1945. A barrister's daughter, she runs away to marry her sailor sweetheart in secret, ignoring her parent's disapproval.

When the marriage falls violently apart, she returns home and tries to rebuild her life. Then a second chance of happiness comes her way.



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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Cockney Family

This engaging sequel to Cockney Waif continues the story of Patsy Owen. By 1936 Patsy is married to Eddie with two sons and two daughters, working hard to help in the family's business running charabanc trips. When the war comes they knuckle down to cope with rationing, queuing - and bombing. It takes a lot to daunt the Owens; but after the war Patsy and Eddie must cope with a family crisis.


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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner
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Cockney Waif

London, 1918. Patsy Kent is only thirteen when her mother dies leaving her an orphan. Patsy soon discovers the pain of first love when her marriage to Johnny Jackson fails and only the support of her friends and fellow market traders raises her cockney spirit. Fortune smiles on Patsy when a deep love grows between her and Eddie Owen. But the shame of living in adultery may prove too high a price for Patsy to pay and it seems her only hope for happiness is to leave London and the very community she has come to call her family.

 

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World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Little Brown / Warner

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