Sagas of the week

A Mersey mileHamilton, Ruth – A Mersey mile – 1955 Scotland Road residents fear for their futures when government plans threaten to demolish their road and tear apart their community. Polly’s Parlour cafe is the centre for action, where strategies are formed to fight back. But when local priest Father Brennan attacks little Billy Blunt, minds are instead turned to vengeance. Frank Charleson, business entrepreneur turned local hero after saving Billy’s life, finds himself increasingly fond of Polly Kennedy. But his past won’t leave him. After his mother’s harsh behaviour towards his previous wife, can he put Polly through the same?

Harrod-Eagles, C – Goodbye, Piccadilly – In 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants and neighbours, life will never be the same again. For David, the eldest, war means a chance to do something noble; but enlisting will break his mother’s heart. His sister Diana, 19 and beautiful, longs for marriage. She has her heart set on Charles Wroughton, son of Earl Wroughton, but Charles will never be allowed to marry a banker’s daughter. Below stairs, Cook and Ada, the head housemaid, grow more terrified of German invasion with every newspaper atrocity story. Ethel, under housemaid, can’t help herself when it comes to men and now soldiers add to the temptation; yet there’s more to this flighty girl than meets the eye

Lane, Lizzie – A wartime family -As the Second World War continues to rage over Bristol, Mary Anne Randall, now estranged from her abusive husband, Henry, is struggling to keep her family together. Her lover, Michael Maurice, is away fighting, and news is scarce. Young Stanley is torn between his warring parents and Lizzie is unhappily in love

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