Broken Rainbows

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It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion.

The South Carolina Regiment billeted on the town soon cuts a swathe through its women, living up to GI's reputation as "over-paid, over-sexed and over here". For Bethan, whose husband is a POW in Germany, and her friend Alma, whose husband is missing, the arrival of the American officers brings new and dangerous friendships. While ...

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Overview

It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion.

The South Carolina Regiment billeted on the town soon cuts a swathe through its women, living up to GI's reputation as "over-paid, over-sexed and over here". For Bethan, whose husband is a POW in Germany, and her friend Alma, whose husband is missing, the arrival of the American officers brings new and dangerous friendships. While for Jenny, a bitter young war widow, it is a chance to bury her grief in a series of one-night stands.

The women are caught between loyalty to their men folk and the very real attraction of the GIs, and when tragedy strikes the mines, the tension reaches breaking point...

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Editorial Reviews

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The year is 1942 and the close-knit community of Pontypridd is learning to adjust to the dramatic changes made to their lives, but the arrival of a regiment of South Carolina GI's.

Not only do they have to make room in their homes to accomodate men, but as a result existing lifestyles and relationships are put under tremendous strain. Other than the men working as reserves in the mines and the soldiers they enounter on home leave, the GI's are allowed to roam free.

Tensions rise as it becomes clear that it is not only the single girls who find themselves endeared by the GI's charms. Their presence prompts the women of Pontypridd to question their relationships, the men they love and are seperated from, with their new very different lives.

Powerful, moving, absorning and a true insight into the lives of women left behind when their partners went off to fight for their country.

Susan Sallis

‘A page-turner... a terrific read’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909840928
  • Publisher: Accent Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2013
  • Series: Hearts of Gold Series , #7
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions. The daughter of a Prussian refugee and Welsh father, she grew up in Pontypridd. She has written 19 novels for Orion. Her first historical novel Hearts of Gold, was filmed as a mini-series by the BBC in 2003. She lives with her family on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea. She also writes crime fiction under the pen name Katherine John.

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'We shouldn't see one another again, at least not like this.'

'Is that what you want?'

When she didn't answer he slipped his fingers beneath her chin and lifted her face, forcing her to look at him. 'I'm glad, because I couldn't bear that either.' He tried to imagine living and working in Pontypridd and not seeing her, and shuddered at the bleak thought.

'But you must never, never kiss me again. And when I visit the hospital you must take me straight home. If you want to talk to me, it must be in front of Bethan or Maisie.'

'Yes,' he agreed hollowly.

'Do you understand what I said?'

'Everything. But that's next time. Can't we stay together for now? I'll tell you about Cuba, and America and my family and we'll pretend -'

'That I'm not married and you're not engaged?'

'Yes - no - and that there isn't a war and we're just two compadres - comrades, friends, who meet once a week to talk.'

'Only if we go somewhere where there are other people.'

'The New Inn?'

'The cafe,' she said, thinking of their bank balances.

'I think we should go to the New Inn. A little luxury would help me to forget the hospital for a while, and you the factory.'

'And that we kissed.' But as she grasped the bag of crumbs and followed him back to his bike she knew that she would never forget that kiss. Not as long as she lived.

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