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    • A Time to Remember

    • Rivenshaw Saga, Book 1
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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    1945 - the war in Europe is over. It should be a time of utter joy and celebration. Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her. He wasn't a good father, either. Luckily Judith has found an unlikely ally, a friend to turn to - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Changing Lara

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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    Lara Perryman has spent her whole life travelling for her busy corporate job, so it's a relief when she takes early retirement and settles in a leisure village in Wiltshire. She quickly makes friends with the other residents and finds herself entangled in the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies of her new community. 

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    • Gifts for Our Time

    • Rivenshaw Saga, Book 4
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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    Germany 1939, and Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she'll ever see her beloved mother and father again. Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had. But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies. While her will cannot be found, her money-grabbing niece appears out of the blue to claim her inheritance and turfs Christa out, with only a suitcase to her name. The prejudice against Germans still runs high in England, and Christa is unable to secure a job or a place to stay.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Bright Day Dawning

    • Music Hall Series, Book 3
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
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    Gwynna had fallen from grace once, bearing a stillborn child out of wedlock. Determined to have a respectable future, she finds a position for herself as a nursemaid at Hungerton House. But just as she begins to find her feet, the secrets of her past are revealed. She is swiftly dismissed but not before she becomes the target of a lascivious groom. And even afterwards she is pursued by Hungerton, an evil old man who wishes to send her back to the gutters.  

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Down Weavers Lane

    • The Staley Family, Book 1
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
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    Emmy Carter's mother is a prostitute - and her life has made Emmy determined to avoid the same fate. But Emmy is beautiful, so attracts unwanted attention; her mother's protector has his eye on her, as does evil Marcus Armistead, her employer's nephew. Marcus is excited by Emmy's virginity and has her kidnapped, but Emmy hits him over the head and escapes. Marcus, further enraged, kills her mother and becomes even more determined to rape Emmy, but the combined efforts of the local parson and Emmy's young suitor manage to keep her safe from harm. 

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    • A Time to Rejoice

    • Rivenshaw Saga, Book 3
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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    After a stray bomb scored a direct hit on his childhood home in Hertfordshire, the only thing that has kept Francis Brady going while he works day and night salvaging what he can from the rubble is the thought that soon he'll be joining wartime friends Mayne, Daniel and Victor as electrician in their new dream building firm in Lancashire. But things are not going to plan: Mayne isn't answering any of his letters; Francis' wife is having a change of heart about moving up north - and her parents seem set on destroying his reputation....

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • A Time for Renewal

    • Rivenshaw Saga, Book 2
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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    In the wake of World War Two, the whole country is desperate for houses, with very little money available to rebuild. In the town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Mayne Esher has no choice but to turn Esherwood, the war-damaged stately home which has been in his family for generations, into flats. Rebuilding Esherwood won't be easy but with Judith Crossley by his side, Mayne hopes to restore it to its former glory. First, he must open it up to some of his long-suffering army friends...and it soon becomes clear that the house isn't the only thing which needs rebuilding.

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    • Heir to Greyladies

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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    Hampshire, 1900: With the sudden death of her father, the life of 15-year-old Harriet Benson changes forever. Forced from her home, Harriet is sent into service to provide for the family. Arriving at the grand Dalton House, she meets the owners' crippled son Joseph, with whom friendship soon blossoms. When circumstances force Joseph to leave the family home, Harriet is happy to accompany him. But Harriet is unprepared for her inheritance of Greyladies, a supposedly haunted house in the country.

    Non-member price: $21.86

    • Freedom's Land

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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    Norah's husband was killed in the Great War, and she's struggling to provide a home for her daughter. Andrew's wife is dead, and he wants to make a new life for his two sons. The Australian government is giving ex-servicemen a farm. But to join the group settlement scheme, Andrew must find a wife. Will a marriage of convenience give Andrew and Norah the chance they seek? Can two strangers be happy together? In Australia they have to clear the forest to make their own farms. But they're both strong and willing to give it everything they've got. 

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • One Quiet Woman

    • Ellindale Saga, Book 1
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Lancashire, 1930: Leah Turner's father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and since her mother died years ago it falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister. But women's wages are half those of men, and pawning the few belongings she has left will keep their vicious rent collector at bay for only a few weeks, so even if she finds a job, they'll lose their home. Out of the blue, Charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal.

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • Star of the North

    • Music Hall Series, Book 2
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
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    Marjorie is the pretty one of the Preston sisters. So pretty that when a performer at her sister's music room breaks her leg, Marjorie is asked to fill in as the assistant to the singer Denby Sinclair. He offers to take her with him, away from Lancashire and into London theatres. It seems as if her dreams will come true, but Denby is not what he seems. He has a dangerous secret which, if it were to be revealed, would ruin her. Marjorie, however, is reckless and will take any risk for a chance to work on the stage. 

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • One Special Village

    • Ellindale Saga, Book 3
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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    The third book in beloved and best-selling Anna Jacobs' Lancashire-based Ellindale saga. Lancashire, 1932. Widower Harry Makepeace lives in Manchester with his sickly daughter, Cathie, scrimping and saving to get by. But after she suffers a violent asthma attack, the doctors say she must move to the clean, fresh air of the countryside to have any hope of survival. When Harry chances upon a patch of land for sale in Ellindale and an advert for a disused railway carriage that can be made into a home, he snaps both up quickly.

    Non-member price: $33.43

    • Calico Road

    • The Staley Family, Book 2
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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    Calico Road runs through a tiny Lancashire hamlet up on the edge of the moors, miles from anywhere. Its folk are an independent breed - and in 1827 they are a thorn in the side of the vicious mill owner in the valley below. Toby Fletcher's father ignored his bastard son while alive. Now Toby is the new owner of the rambling old inn, an unwitting keeper of its secrets. Then Meg Staley comes to Calico - a woman who was strong enough to survive one tragedy but found it harder to withstand a second blow. 

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • A Pennyworth of Sunshine

    • The Irish Sisters, Book 1
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Length: 10 hrs
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    Keara Michaels doesn't want to leave her family in Ireland, but fate sends her first to Lancashire, then across the sea to Australia, pregnant and penniless. And Theo Mullane, the man who loves her, is married, with an ailing baby son, so cannot follow her as he longs to. Mark Gibson leaves Lancashire to avoid marriage. But gold prospecting is a dangerous pursuit, and when his gentle young wife dies in childbirth, his father-in-law kidnaps the baby. So Mark runs away again, this time to Western Australia, where he employs Keara in his country inn.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Bay Tree Cottage

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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    The houses in Saffron Lane are being filled with artists thanks to the efforts of Nell and Angus. Ginger doesn’t win a place there but gets a job running the small café/art gallery, taking refuge there from her abusive bully of a son. When she meets Iain, sparks fly between them, the first time she’s felt attracted to anyone for years. But will her son spoil it? 

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • One Perfect Family

    • Ellindale Saga, Book 4
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The fourth book in Anna Jacobs' beloved Ellindale series. Lancashire, 1934. When Tam Crawford is unexpectedly bequeathed some money, he can finally realise his dream of settling down in the beautiful village of Ellindale. Tam knows he can be impulsive - his nickname isn't Crazy Tam for nothing! - but this time he is determined not to be ruled by his big heart and hot head. Yet somehow, within just one day, he has taken on a fiancée and two children to keep them out of the poorhouse - or worse. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great writer and stories

    • By Anonymous User on 08-04-2019

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Peppercorn Street

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Janey is 18 and living in a small flat with her baby daughter. Just as her new life starts to show promise, her past catches up with her. Nicole is renting one of the new luxury flats. She’s just walked away from her husband and teenage sons, tired of being treated as a servant, suspecting her husband of having an affair. Winifred has lived in her large family home for over 80 years but it’s all getting too much, though she doesn’t want to leave. Things are not what they seem, and danger can strike both rich and poor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By Mrs on 05-05-2015

    Non-member price: $23.56

    • One Kind Man

    • Ellindale Saga, Book 2
    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Ann Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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    Lancashire, 1931. When Finn Carlisle loses his wife and unborn child, he spends a few years travelling to keep the sad memories at bay. Just as he's ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves everything to him. This includes Heythorpe House in Ellindale, just down the road from Leah Willcox and her little fizzy drink factory.

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • Saffron Lane

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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    Nell has come to feel very at home in her beautiful corner of Wiltshire with her partner, Angus. What she could do with, however, is a challenge, and the prospect of bringing life back to an abandoned row of houses, Saffron Lane, is just what she’s looking for. Stacy, lost and alone after a divorce she didn’t see coming, is trying her best to start over. And Elise, battling her nieces who would force her into residential care, longs for a home where she can get back to her painting. When their paths cross, the future starts to look brighter - although not all goes according to plan.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Persons of Rank

    • By: Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Anne Cater
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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    Eleanor and Beatrice dream of lovematches but the Dowager insists romantic love is for housemaids, not for the Graceover women. Beatrice, despatched to London to look over the current crop of bachelors, is unimpressed by the frivolities of the Season. Disturbed by the languid charm of Lord Serle and appalled by the mercenary attitudes to marriage displayed by Society, Beatrice’s country innocence and unconventional behaviour lead her into some alarming situations.

    Non-member price: $19.92

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