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A stirring saga of a nurse who only wants to do her duty in World War Two - and who ends up having to make an agonising choice. Set in Ireland and Birmingham, this is the latest from emerging star of the genre Anne Bennett. Carmel Duffy is the eldest child of a brutal and abusive marriage, and she can't wait to leave home. She's equally determined to have no husband or children of her own - what she wants more than anything is to be a nurse. As soon as she turns eighteen, she heads for Birmingham and begins her training.With her beautiful auburn curls, she draws plenty of attention and her resolve to concentrate on her career is tested when Dr Paul Connolly comes onto her ward and into her life. Gradually he wins her heart, and they agree to marry, both certain that they want no children. They have valuable jobs to do - all the more so when World War Two looms. But those years will change everything: their relationship, their priorities, their very characters. Carmel will find that the future is very different to the one she thought she wanted for so long...
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/ Lead title A stirring saga of a nurse who only wants to do her duty in World War Two -- and who ends up having to make an agonising choice. Set in Ireland and Birmingham, this is the latest from emerging star of the genre Anne Bennett. / Superb traditional saga from one of the top new voices in this genre. / Anne's paperback 'Daughter of Mine' was a top 20 bestseller and sold over 35k to date. / We are now publishing two titles a year from this author -- a pattern that has taken all the current saga topsellers to their current level of success and is growing Bennett's title on title sales / The biggest driver of sales in this genre is through visibility in store, therefore HarperCollins are looking to grow retail opportunities for Bennett. / The author attracts huge audiences at regional events and signings. / Competition: Lyn Andrews, Annie Murray, Katie Flynn

About the Author

Anne Bennett was born in a back-to-back house in the Horsefair district of Birmingham. The daughter of Roman Catholic, Irish immigrants, she grew up in a tight-knit community where she was taught to be proud of her heritage. She considers herself to be an Irish Brummie and feels therefore that she has a foot in both cultures. She has four children and four grandchildren. For many years she taught in schools to the north of Birmingham. An accident put paid to her teaching career and, after moving to North Wales, Anne turned to the other great love of her life and began to write seriously.

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'Anne Bennett draws on her own background to give emotional depth to an affecting story populated with rich, beautifully drawn characters.' Choice 'Anne Bennett is blessed with a vivid imagination and a natural aptitude for writing.' Daily Post

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