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‘Meticulously-researched…warming the hearts of millions of readers.’Historical Novels Review
‘Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end’Daily Mail
A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph
Finders & Keepers – Book Four in the Brothers and Lovers series
Harry Evans's first years of life were blighted by a brutal stepfather.
At the age of five his mother, Sali, married a miner, Lloyd Evans, a passionate believer in workers' rights. When he returns to Pontypridd after school, he finds that his beloved "grandfather," ex-miner Billy Evans, has lung disease, and when Billy is sent to a sanatorium in the Welsh Hills, the only one free to accompany him is Harry. There Harry meets two very different women: Diana, a feminist medical student, and Mary, an illiterate, orphaned farmer's daughter. For the first time in his life Harry falls in love, only to suffer rejection. Harry turns to Billy for consolation, and as his relationship with the old man deepens, he learns about life, love, and the responsibility that comes with inherited wealth.
But he also discovers the responsibility each man owes to himself to live his life as he, and no one else, sees fit.
About 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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Harry put his arm around Billy's shoulders when he began to cough, helping him back to the nursery window seat and lowering him on to it. To his alarm, Billy's cough grew sharper and more pronounced, his breathing more laboured. Seeing him fumble in his pocket, Harry produced his own handkerchief.
'Edyth, run downstairs and get a glass of water.'
His sister stared at them, mesmerized.
'Edyth!' Harry looked down at his grandfather as his sister backed towards the door. To his horror, bright red blood was pouring from Billy's mouth. He held his handkerchief to Billy's lips. 'Edyth,' he struggled to keep calm, 'please, go downstairs. Tell Dad to call a doctor.'She turned and fled.
Seconds later he heard a scream and a series of thuds. Still coughing blood, Billy tried to rise to his feet. He pushed Harry away from him, then fell back and pointed to the door.
'I'm going to get help, Granddad.' Billy nodded weakly and leaned against the windowpane.
Harry ran on to the landing. The band had stopped playing. A crowd had gathered around Edyth, who was lying face down at the foot of the stairs. His mother and Lloyd were crouching over her.
'Dad?' Harry had to call three times before his stepfather looked up. 'We need an ambulance.'