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Winter 1919. Two months after the Armistice that ended the Great War, and life in London's East End is slowly returning to normal. But for 25-year-old Birdie Connor the battle is only just beginning.

Frank, Birdie's older brother, has been sent to prison for deserting his army post whilst fighting in Belgium, and the shame heaped on the Connor family by their neighbours is unrelenting. Wilfred, Birdie's widowed father, has disowned Frank and vows that he will never set eyes on his son again, but Birdie cannot believe that her brother is guilty

So when Frank escapes from prison and comes to find Birdie in secret, she promises to help him and is determined to prove his innocence. But little does she realise that she is exposing herself to danger as Frank gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble with the so-called friends he met in prison.

Helped by the Connors' lodger, the handsome Harry Chambers, will Birdie be able to find the proof that Frank needs in time to reconcile him to their frail father before it is too late? And can she build a future to keep herself and her younger brother, Patrick, safe?


In the Bleak Midwinter
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In the bleak mid winter
February 22nd, 2015
Excellent read, full of life's ups and down's. Good comes out of unexpected avenues. A fight for a girl to protect her family.
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In The Bleak Midwintet
December 23rd, 2014
It was a wonderful story, which I had to keep reading. I could not put it down. Birdie Connor had a hard life, but fought for her family, and in the end won her man. A truly good read.
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In the bleak midwinter
November 16th, 2014
Brilliant, what a great read.
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