A Strong Hand To Hold by Anne BennettA Strong Hand To Hold by Anne Bennett

A Strong Hand To Hold

byAnne Bennett

Paperback | July 3, 2014

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A heartbreaking tale of love and loss in a time of war, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Annie Groves.Jenny O'Leary is devastated one morning in 1940 when she receives a telegram giving her the dreadful news that one of her brothers has been killed in action. Grief threatens to engulf her, but as an ARP warden, tending to Birmingham's injured after the nightly raids, she is well-used to the suffering that thousands are enduring every day.Linda Prosser is just twelve years old and desperately close to her mother and two tiny brothers. As the bombs drop around them one fateful night, Linda takes a risk which has disastrous consequences. Terrified, and buried beneath a mass of debris after her home takes a direct hit, it is Jenny who crawls through the wreckage of the house to rescue her.So begins a friendship which is last through the years. But when Linda falls in love with a man that Jenny despises, she is faced with sacrificing her future happiness for the friend who has given her everything.
Anne Bennett was born in the Horsefair district of Birmingham. The daughter of Roman Catholic Irish immigrants, she grew up in a tight-knit community. For many years she taught in schools to the north of Birmingham, before an accident put paid to that career. This gave her the chance to write full time. She has four children and five g...
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Title:A Strong Hand To HoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pagesPublished:July 3, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007547765

ISBN - 13:9780007547760

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heart warming story This story gently unfolds and makes for a good bedtime read. The main characters are beautifully presented and the story describes how many families dealt with life and death during the war. I would love a sequel to this book!
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A hand to hold A very pleasant book to read found it to be heart warming and touching tale excellent writing w:-! Will be reading more of her novels
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A strong hand to hold Brilliant read..full of heartbreak and love. Strong character's throughout with an insight through the war. The author had certainly done her research.
Date published: 2015-06-27

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Anne Bennett:'A powerful read that will have you gripped.' Yours'[Anne Bennett is] blessed with a vivid imagination and a natural aptitude for writing' Daily Post'An affecting story, populated with rich, beautifully drawn characters.' Choice'The beauty of Anne's books is that they are about normal people and are sewn through with human emotions which affect us all' Birmingham Post