When German shells hit Hartlepool in 1914, the lives of everyone in the small coastal town are changed forever.
With letters from the Front being the only contact she has with husband, George, and both parents now dead, Martha, a naive, young mother, is forced to stand on her own two feet and rebuild her world.
In her struggle to become independent, she is devastated to learn that not everyone can be trusted to have her best interests at heart, especially those closest to her.
George returns home In 1916, apparently suffering from shell shock, and she finds her loyalty to him tested to the limit against everyone's accusations of cowardice. But will she still defend her husband when she discovers the secrets he is keeping?
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About the Author
I live in a small village in North Yorkshire with my husband. This is the second time around for both of us and we have six grown-up children and fifteen grandchildren between us.
I started writing when I retired about eight years ago. Firstly joining a beginner's class and then forming a writing group with some fellow students. We meet regularly to share our work and also to critique and help each other.
I have studied A215 and A363 with the Open University and gained a distinction for my year three A363 course in Creative Writing. I am currently studying with Open College of Arts and hope to gain a BA(Hons) in creative writing over the next couple of years.
The idea for North Sea Shells came from my final piece for the Open University where I had to write the opening four thousand words of a novel. This was in 2014 and the whole country was getting prepared to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the start of World War 1.
I was fascinated to hear that German warships actually attacked the north east coast of England in December 1914 and began to research the events of that terrible day. Once I had completed those first four thousand words, I knew I had to finish the story. Although fiction, it is loosely based around the events of that December morning and the consequences that followed for my fictional family.
This is my first novel and I hoped you enjoyed it. If you wish to find out more about my work and my plans for the future, please visit my Website or Facebook page below. I expect it to be a long journey and would love your company whilst climbing the writing hill...