Overview

Hearts of Gold is set in Pontypridd and focuses on the life of a young nurse - Bethan Powell. A moving saga, it describes her struggles being brought up in a time of poverty and depression.


Her father, a miner, is on short-time, her brothers hard-pressed to find work. So her contribution to the family coffers are vital. Her life, however, is further complicated when she falls in love with a young doctor, Andrew John. Andrew is the son of a ...

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Hearts of Gold

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Overview

Hearts of Gold is set in Pontypridd and focuses on the life of a young nurse - Bethan Powell. A moving saga, it describes her struggles being brought up in a time of poverty and depression.


Her father, a miner, is on short-time, her brothers hard-pressed to find work. So her contribution to the family coffers are vital. Her life, however, is further complicated when she falls in love with a young doctor, Andrew John. Andrew is the son of a wealthy family who introduces Bethan to some of the finer things of life. Coming from such different backgrounds, can their love survive the problems and prejduices they have to face?


A warm tale with wonderful desciptions of life when workhouses were commonplace and communities clung together for survival.


Julie Sayed in the Lincolnshire Echo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909840560
  • Publisher: Accent Press
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Series: Hearts of Gold Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 492
  • Sales rank: 618,826
  • File size: 507 KB

Meet the Author

Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions. The daughter of a Prussian refugee mother 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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She tried to quell her misgivings. Eddie was entitled to his dreams. She'd found out long ago that they were the only thing that made the harsh reality of life on the Graig bearable. Since. she'd qualified, her fantasies of Florence Nightingale nursing had been replaced by hazy, formless desires that somehow encompassed Andrew John.


Haydn had hopes of a theatrical career that would sweep him from dogsbody in the Town Hall to success on the London stage. Her father dreamt of a workers' uprising that would revolutionise the face of the Valley. Maud had mapped out a future rags-to-riches plan for herself roughly based on the plot of Jane Eyre. The only problem with Eddie's dream was that it was easier to put into practice and far more dangerous than any of the others. But fear for Eddie's health and life gave her no right to stop him from trying. For all she knew he might be the lucky one: the next Jimmy Wilde to come out of the Valleys with enough talent to earn himself a slice of the good-life he craved for. .


And even if he was on a hiding to nothing, who was she to stop him? Better for him to hold on to his dream, no matter how hopeless than lose all hope for something beyond the grim reality of the present like their mother.

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