‘A page-turner... a terrific read’Susan Sallis
"A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters" -Publishing News
Such Sweet Sorrow - Book Five of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier
In Pontypridd, in 1939, blackouts and conscription are beginning to strain the community. And three women are separated - perhaps for ever - from the men they love. Jenny Powell's husband, Eddie, abandoned her on her wedding night, and she must struggle to cope alone. Italian Tina Ronconi's sweetheart enlists, and she and her sister face internment as enemy aliens. And Bethan's doctor husband is called up, leaving her, along with all the women, with endless worry and fear. Forced to adjust to a world at war, all they can do is wait. Then comes news of the Allies' retreat at Dunkirk and, for many, life will never be the same again...
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.
Read an Excerpt
Looking around to check no one needed her, or was likely to for a few minutes, she opened her handbag and slid out a bundle of letters tied in blue ribbon. Everyone that Will had sent her since he had left. Twenty-eight days, and twenty-eight envelopes. She opened the one at the top of the pile, the one that had come second post yesterday.
Hopefully there would be another waiting for her when she got home after midday mass. She glanced up at the clock. Another two hours before she could reasonably expect Gina to take over from her. Opening the envelope she spread the letter on the counter and began to read.