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    • The Mistletoe Seller

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    It's Christmas Eve. Flurries of snow fall on the cobbled streets of Whitechapel, and an abandoned baby, swaddled in a blanket, is found on a doorstep in Angel Lane.... Named after the street on which she was found, Angel Winter was blessed to be taken from the harsh streets into a loving home. But fate deals a cruel blow, and she's torn from the only family she has ever known, thrown onto the cobbles of Covent Garden to fend for herself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A warm cosy read

    • By Dawn on 09-11-17

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Summer Maiden

    • The River Maid, Book 2
    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    When Carrie Manning’s father dies, her mother, Esther, is heartbroken. Essie leaves London to convalesce with her good friend Lady Alice, and it is down to Carrie to look after her family and take charge of the shipping company that her father has left behind. But the company is in dire straits, forcing Carrie seek work as a companion to Maria Colville. When Carrie and Maria try to track down Maria’s mother, they have no idea of the secrets that they will discover. Secrets that link the Colvilles, the Mannings and figures from the past who return to England.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Summer Maiden

    • By Doglover on 26-07-18

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Nettie’s Secret

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    London, 1875. Taking one last look around her little room in Covent Garden, Nettie Carroll couldn’t believe she wouldn’t even be able to say goodbye to her friends. Her father had trusted the wrong man, and now they would have to go on the run. Once again.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Swan Maid

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    Lottie Lane is all alone in the world. As a chambermaid at one of London's busiest inns, condemned to a life of drudgery and at the mercy of a vicious landlady, Lottie is too worn out to even dream of a better life. Until one night an injured soldier is brought to The Swan. Lottie nurses him back from the dead, and suddenly everything changes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb.My best purchase ever

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-01-17

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Ragged Heiress

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    On a bitter winter's day, an unnamed girl lies dangerously ill in hospital. When two coarse, rough-speaking individuals come to claim her, she can remember nothing of the events that brought her to her present state, not even her name. According to the men, she is their young sister, Lucy. As her health improves and her memory gradually returns, she realises she's been kidnapped. But she has no means of escaping the hideous confines of the filthy basement room in which they have imprisoned her in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A perfect piece of escapism

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-03-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Cinderella Sister

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Lily Larkin is the youngest of six and the least important member of her family. With their father dead and their mother a stranger to them, she must stay at home and keep house whilst her elder siblings go out to work. As she goes about her daily chores, her head is full of dreams. And she longs for the day she can have a life of her own. When a fire threatens to destroy the nearby docks, Lily's act of kindness towards a handsome foreigner has disastrous consequences for the whole family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb as always.

    • By Jason Moore on 26-02-19

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The River Maid

    • The River Maid, Book 1
    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    London, 1854: 20-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty-stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father's beck and call. Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames, a man who ends up renting a room in Essie's house, identifying himself only as 'Raven'.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A typical fluffy romance

    • By Tracey on 22-01-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Button Box

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Clara held on to the precious button, glimmering like a jewel in the dark alleyways of London's notorious Seven Dials. She needed to save her family...but who was going to save her? There was a time when the Carter sisters' father was their hero. Now he's a drunk who's gambled away everything they had and put them all in peril. It's on Clara's shoulders to save the four sisters from destitution. Clutching her precious button box, the only thing of value they have left, Clara dreams of starting a shop that could put a roof over their heads and keep them safe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Button box

    • By Susan A Short on 16-01-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Constant Heart

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Despite living by the side of the Thames, with its noise, disease and dirt, 18-year-old Rosina May has wanted for little in life. Until her father's feud with a fellow bargeman threatens to destroy everything. To save them all, Rosina agrees to marry Harry, the son of a wealthy merchant. But a chance encounter with a handsome river pirate has turned her head and she longs to meet him again. When her father dies a broken man, Harry goes back on his promise and turns Rosina out onto the streets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Constant heart

    • By Edwina on 22-07-15

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Cockney Angel

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Eighteen-year-old Irene Angel lives with her parents in a tiny room above the shop where her crippled mother ekes out a living selling pickles and sauces, whilst her charming but feckless father Billy gambles away what little money they do manage to earn. And it is all Irene can do to keep the family together. Billy's addiction soon leads him into trouble. Despite having been brought up by her father to fear and distrust the police, Irene finds herself forced to collaborate with them to save her father from ruin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By simplyswing on 15-10-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • A Mother's Wish

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Since the untimely death of her husband, young mother Effie Grey has been forced to live on a narrowboat owned by her tyrannical father-in-law Jacob. In spite of her own despair, she is determined to protect her brother Tom and her baby son Georgie from Jacob's bullying ways - for she is all they have in the world. But when Jacob hires villainous Salter and his vile wife Sal to run the barge, Effie's life becomes even more unbearable, and Tom is sent packing without a penny to his name.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a lovely story

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-05-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • A Mother's Courage

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    When Eloise Cribb receives the news that her husband's ship has been lost at sea, she wonders how she is ever going to manage. With two young children, the rent overdue, and almost nothing to live on, she has no alternative but to turn to his estranged family for help. She sets off on the long and arduous journey to Yorkshire, but is met with hostility and soon realises she has little choice but to return to London. Virtually destitute and desperate, Eloise is faced with her worst nightmare....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Climb in and enjoy

    • By Cp Ks Bevan on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Workhouse Girl

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    Circumstances force eight-year-old Sarah and her widowed mother to enter the notorious St Giles and St George’s Workhouse. When her mother dies in childbirth, the independent-minded Sarah falls foul of the workhouse master, Trigg, and his cruel wife. Sarah’s ordeal seems to be over when a sugar mill owner takes her into his home. But her wealthy benefactor reports Trigg and his wife. And blaming Sarah for their misfortune, in a fit of revenge, the couple decide to take the law into their own hands.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating Listen

    • By Linmary on 17-02-15

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Christmas Rose

    • The River Maid, Book 3
    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Standing on London’s Victoria docks with the wind biting through her shawl, Rose Munday realises she’s been abandoned by her sweetheart. She had risked everything to get to London, but, stumbling through the pea-soup fog, she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Scared and alone, Rose steps straight into danger, only to be rescued by two women with even less to their names - a woman of the night and her young sidekick, Sparrow. With only a cluster of love letters to her name and all hope of her sweetheart’s return fading, Rose finds herself forging a new life with her unlikely companions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great read by Dilly Court

    • By Joan K. on 14-01-19

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Best of Daughters

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Despite her privileged upbringing, Daisy Lennox has always longed to make something of her life. She is drawn to the suffragette movement, but when her father faces ruin they are forced to move to the country and Daisy’s first duty is to her family. Here she becomes engaged to her childhood friend – a union both families have dreamed of. But, on the eve of their wedding, war is declared, and Daisy knows her life will never be the same again...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By barbara on 22-10-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • A Loving Family

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    She longed to be reunited with her family. The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Workhouse Girl. Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into service when her family find themselves living hand-to-mouth.Leaving her mother and younger brother and sister behind, Stella goes to a big country house outside London. When she returns home one Sunday, she discovers they have disappeared.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful listen!

    • By Linmary on 17-02-15

    Regular price: £22.09

    • A Mother's Promise

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    When Hetty Huggins made a promise to her dying mother that she would look after her younger sister and brothers, little did she know how difficult this would be. But despite the threat of being turned out onto the streets by the unscrupulous tallyman and the never-ending struggle just to exist, Hetty is determined her family will never starve or want for a roof over their heads. Longing for something better out of life than the daily grind of making matchboxes for a pittance, she dreams of setting up her own business.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Story,Well Told To The End.

    • By Mrs on 04-11-13

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Christmas Card

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    The new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court. She turned the picture of the Christmas card over with her frozen hands. The scene showed a family at Yuletide as they gathered around the magnificent tree. Standing stiff with cold on the icy cobbles, Alice could only dream.... With the snow falling steadily, Alice and her ailing mother have found themselves on the cold streets of London with only debts to their name - forced to rely on the begrudging charity of cruel Aunt Jane.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful, magnificent & brilliantly narrated.

    • By Dawn on 08-11-16

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Orphan's Dream

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    The heartwarming and nostalgic new novel from the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Beggar Maid. Motherless since she was five, Mirabel Cutler was raised by her father to be a lady. But when he dies suddenly, Mirabel finds herself cast out on the street by her ruthless stepmother. She is taken to a place of refuge by charismatic sea captain Jack Starke. But the safe haven turns out to be a house of ill repute.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really enjoyed this book

    • By Amazon Customer on 27-04-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Beggar Maid

    • By: Dilly Court
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    The wonderfully nostalgic, vivid and compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top-five best-selling author of A Loving Family. From the age of eight, 16-year-old Charity Crosse has been living rough with her grandfather and begging on the streets. When her grandfather passes away, Charity is helped by a kindly doctor who introduces her to bookseller Jethro Dawkins. Jethro takes Charity in to help in his bookshop and keep house in their one room behind the shop.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Begged maid

    • By Edwina on 01-07-15

    Regular price: £21.99

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