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    • When Midnight Comes

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Christine Banner is alone after her father's death. Determined to make her own way in the world, she stumbles onto an estate in the New Forest where she finds work that she loves. However, when the future looks uncertain, Christine's skill at handling some of the large and difficult warhorses shines through and captures the attention of the son of the estate owner. In the face of grief, sadness and disappointment, Christine's intelligence and strength will be tested until she finds the place she can truly call home.

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Wings of the Morning

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    When the Second World War breaks out, Annie Webster and her family find themselves, along with everyone else, thrust into a world of uncertainty, danger, and despair. Her brothers join up, her sweetheart, Paul, becomes a fighter pilot, and Annie, desperate to help, finds herself in the WAAF, where her intelligence and warmth single her out for a role more daring than she has ever known. The country has never needed its young people more, but will Annie and her loved ones survive its darkest hour?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • lovely

    • By Amazon Customer on 25-05-18

    Regular price: £23.89

    • The Day Will Come

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    London, 1940. The war is raging across Europe, and 23-year-old Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband, Brian, at Dunkirk after only a year of marriage. Her secretary job at a law firm keeps her mind from dwelling on her sorrow, but when her boss, James, enlists in the air force Grace is left without work. Alongside her best friend, Helen, the Grace joins the War Office in a move that will change their lives forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful story of military life during WW2

    • By MaisiMai on 13-04-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Time of Peace

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In 1960, Kate Freeman, daughter of the inimitable Rose Webster, goes to London to follow her dream of becoming a photographer. But Kate has a long journey to take before she can realise her ambition. The era that was dubbed "a time of peace" proves to be anything but, as Kate's family and friends cope with tragedy, upheaval, and the tears and laughter of family life. The comfort of loved ones and the support of friends goes a long way.

    Regular price: £9.99

    • The Open Door

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    All her short life, 11-year-old Rose Webster has encountered closed doors. Growing up in the slums of London with her siblings, trying to avoid their violent, drunken father, she develops an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and becomes convinced that she and her loved ones deserve better. All Rose has is a quick mind and the will to survive. Can she open that door and seize the chance to make something of herself?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • hard to put down read

    • By Lorna on 21-02-16

    Regular price: £23.89

    • Diamonds in the Dust

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    The three Bentley children are used to fending for themselves. Their widowed mother has been forced to take a night job at Grant's clothing factory and sees them only at breakfast and on Sundays. But at nearly 18, with a job of her own, Dora is well able to look after her younger siblings. Then one morning their mother fails to appear for breakfast.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable

    • By bubbles_123 on 21-03-16

    Regular price: £26.79

    • The Forgotten Family

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. Frightened and confused, she yearns for her nine brothers and sisters, especially her favourite brother, Harry. Albert and Mary Warrender rename her Eleanor, bringing her up as their own, and as time passes, Ellie forgets about her other family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Forgotten Family

    • By Mouse2560 on 03-12-16

    Regular price: £24.69

    • The Uncertain Years

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    As World War II breaks out, four friends from London’s East End consider the changes that war will mean for all of them. Tomboyish Becky Adams plans to join the ATS, her neighbours Bob and Jim the navy and army respectively. Only Becky’s brother, Will, is left out of the excitement; because of a slight physical disability, he is forced to stay behind, working as a cub reporter on a newspaper.

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Two Strangers

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Willow Nash
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    London, 1920. When 14-year-old Victoria Keats is thrown out of her home by her violent father, it seems likely she will starve until two strangers provide her with no-strings-attached help. As Vicki's life improves, she can't help but fixate on the mystery of these good Samaritans, but tracking them down may be more life changing than she thinks.

    Regular price: £14.39

    • Fighting with Shadows

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In the aftermath of war, Angie Westwood thinks the hard times are behind her. But when her cousin Jane dies at the tender age of 20, leaving behind a three-year-old son and an unresolved mystery over his father's identity, her life changes beyond all expectations. Angie immediately adopts Danny and decides to bring him up as her own, but is torn between a desire to trace his father and her fear of losing him to this unknown man.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • lovely

    • By Amazon Customer on 28-05-18

    Regular price: £25.09

    • A Change of Fortune

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Eugenie Winford is devastated when her beloved father commits suicide, having lost his fortune in the Wall Street Crash. Now Eugenie and her proud, spoilt mother are ruined. Eugenie changes her name and goes into hiding as a housemaid for the Stannard family - anything is better than what her mother has planned for her. But her real identity is soon revealed, and Jen has to flee again. She ends up in Lambeth, with a poor but good family, and together they face the hardships of the Depression.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Title

    • By Ian on 07-02-10

    Regular price: £23.89

    • A Flight of Golden Wings

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Britain is at war and Ruth, a gifted pilot, is determined to join the Air Transport Auxiliary. Over in America, Jack and Lucy Nelson, are also keen to join. After a perilous journey by sea, Jack is posted to White Waltham, where he quite literally bumps into Ruth.

    Regular price: £26.39

    • One Step at a Time

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Amy Carter is just 14 when she leaves school to look after her sick mother. But she is left all alone when her father is hanged for murder and her mother dies shortly after. Shunned even by her former friends, she is rescued by artist Benjamin Scott, who met Amy just once, read about the family's difficulties, and tracked her down. He takes the girl to his lodgings, where Amy, with Ben, his fellow housemates, and his kindly landlady, finds a real home for the first time.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • disappointed

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

    Regular price: £25.09

    • A New Day

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    After a traumatic past, life finally seems to be looking up for Hanna Foster. But war is on its way... London, 1938. Hanna and Jack Foster had been sent to an orphanage when their parents were killed in a train crash, but were separated when a couple adopted Jack. Bullied and treated like a slave, it soon became clear it was a dreadful mistake. In desperation, Jack takes his future into his own hands and runs away to join the merchant navy, while Hanna takes a job looking after two children. For a time, life seems good, but war is looming and threatens to take away everything Hanna holds dear...

    Regular price: £14.39

    • When the Music Stopped

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    London, 1912. Identical twins Lester and Lillia Holdsworth are destined for the stage. Lester is a brilliant pianist, Lillia a magnificent opera singer. But their father has other ideas. Lester is sent to a military academy while Lillia must marry Lord Dalton - a self-righteous, pompous friend of her father's looking for a young wife to give him an heir. Yet their plans to defy their father's wishes are put on hold when war breaks out in 1914.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Hold on to Your Dreams

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    London, 1899. As she prepares for a glittering ball, 20-year-old Gertrude Melrose considers her good fortune. Attractive, intelligent, with a loving family, her only concern is her brother, Edward, who seems intent on squandering his inheritance. A few days later the Melrose family's happiness is shattered when Edward's mounting debts threaten to destroy their prosperity, with the loss of both house and business.

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Battles Lost and Won

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    1919, London's East End. Robert Hunter is eagerly awaiting the return of his father from the war. Next door, Ruth Cooper's family are also preparing to welcome her dad, whose ship was lost at Jutland. After five years of separation and anxiety – and, for Bob, the worry of caring for his frail mother – emotions are running high for both young people.

    Regular price: £15.09

    • A Debt from the Past

    • By: Beryl Matthews
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Hampshire, 1850. Under the watchful eyes of her guardian, Lord Edward Sharland, and an excellent estate manager, Beth Langton has been running her large family estate. After a week away, terrible news is waiting for her. The father of her best friend, Lady Helen Denton, has shot himself, leaving Helen destitute. Beth persuades Helen to live with her, although too proud to take charity, Helen insists she work as a paid companion. The girls soon settle happily together, but further tragedy awaits.

    Regular price: £14.39