Sylvia Broady – The Lost Daughter
This twentieth century saga captured me right from the start and had me turning the pages eagerly to discover the outcome of the story. In 1930s Hull, Alice is trying to escape from her bullying husband when she’s involved in a road accident. Waking in hospital with no memory of her identity, everyone believes she’s deserted her husband and young daughter, Daisy. When Alice regains her memory, she finds that her child has been privately adopted and her husband has gone to sea. Broken-hearted at the loss of her daughter, Alice begins a long path to self-discovery while searching for Daisy. Through the ravages of World War II, through friendship, love and loss, she has a hard path to follow, never forgetting her lost daughter. Emotive, sincere, with a story full of colour and excitement. Thoroughly recommended.
Liz Harris - The Dark Horizon
The first book in a historical series, this follows the fortunes of the Linford family. The story begins just after the end of World War I. Joseph Linford runs the house building enterprise, but he has distinct views on how his family should behave. He is furious that his son Robert has fallen for a 'land girl', Lily Brown, from a humble background. Despite trying to separate them, Lily became pregnant and they married before their son James was born. Joseph's machinations do not cease, and he begins to plot a new way to part his son from his unsuitable wife. His actions cause repercussions that will echo down the years, affecting not just Robert and Lily but many other people. A twisted plot, with unexpected turns, and a cast of characters that promise a host of interesting stories to come.