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Beryl Matthews

Agent:  Hattie Grunewald

Biography: An accomplished novelist, writing in the genre that Catherine Cookson made her own, but with novels set in London. 

As a young girl her ambition was to become a professional singer but lack of funds drove her into an office, where she worked her way up from tea-girl to credit controller. After she retired, she began to pursue her dream of becoming a published author and has since had 15 novels published. 

'Heartwarming, brimming-with-happiness story, this rags to riches story is perfect. Charming, captivating, fulfilling and lively.' - Booklist (USA)

 
 WHEN MIDNIGHT COMES  Saga, 350 pages Allison & Busby, March 2018  1856. Christine Banner is alone after her father's death, penniless but armed with an iron will. Determined to put London behind her and find a place to call home, her search takes her to the New Forest where she stumbles upon Lord Frenshaw's estate. Her skill at handling some of the large and difficult war horses bred there, shines through and captures his attention. However, when his son Harry returns from the Crimea, battle-scarred and short-tempered, Christine's future looks uncertain, and Harry may find that home is not the safe haven to which he hoped to return. In the face of grief, sadness and disappointment, Christine's intelligence and strength will be tested until she finds the place she can truly belong.

WHEN MIDNIGHT COMES

Saga, 350 pages
Allison & Busby, March 2018

1856. Christine Banner is alone after her father's death, penniless but armed with an iron will. Determined to put London behind her and find a place to call home, her search takes her to the New Forest where she stumbles upon Lord Frenshaw's estate. Her skill at handling some of the large and difficult war horses bred there, shines through and captures his attention. However, when his son Harry returns from the Crimea, battle-scarred and short-tempered, Christine's future looks uncertain, and Harry may find that home is not the safe haven to which he hoped to return. In the face of grief, sadness and disappointment, Christine's intelligence and strength will be tested until she finds the place she can truly belong.

 THE DAY WILL COME  Saga, 320 pages Allison & Busby, Nov 2015   London, 1940. Grace is devastated when her husband of one year is killed in Dunkirk. When her employer goes off to fight in the war, she takes the opportunity to throw herself into the war effort, along with her best friend Helen, in a move that will change their lives forever. 

THE DAY WILL COME

Saga, 320 pages
Allison & Busby, Nov 2015


London, 1940. Grace is devastated when her husband of one year is killed in Dunkirk. When her employer goes off to fight in the war, she takes the opportunity to throw herself into the war effort, along with her best friend Helen, in a move that will change their lives forever. 

 THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY  Saga, 284 pages Allison & Busby, May 2015  It is Whitechapel, London 1890. Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. She is frightened and confused, begging to be taken back, but she is told that this is now her home. As time passes Eleanor forgets about her other family. But fifteen years later, she sets about tracing her forgotten family. The search holds pleasure, distress and even danger.

THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY

Saga, 284 pages
Allison & Busby, May 2015

It is Whitechapel, London 1890. Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. She is frightened and confused, begging to be taken back, but she is told that this is now her home. As time passes Eleanor forgets about her other family. But fifteen years later, she sets about tracing her forgotten family. The search holds pleasure, distress and even danger.

 HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS  Saga, 232 pages Allison & Busby, May 2015  Gertrude Melrose is concerned for her brother, Edward, who seems intent on squandering his inheritance at the gaming tables. Her fears are justified when Edward's debts threaten to destroy the Melrose family's prosperity. 

HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS

Saga, 232 pages
Allison & Busby, May 2015

Gertrude Melrose is concerned for her brother, Edward, who seems intent on squandering his inheritance at the gaming tables. Her fears are justified when Edward's debts threaten to destroy the Melrose family's prosperity.