Grace Thompson

The Badgers Brook Sagas

The House by the Brook

The House by the Brook

The first of Grace Thompson’s charming and evocative post-War sagas, the Badgers Brook series

Marie Masters has been happily married for nine years, when her once-loving husband Ivor suddenly turns to drink and gambling. As he becomes increasingly secretive, his behaviour starts to put their young family at risk. Marie feels she has to investigate.

Soon finding that he is spending time at a rundown house named Badgers Brook, there’s a lot about Ivor Marie doesn’t know. Facing financial hardship and emotional turmoil, Marie must find a new strength just to survive. But what will her quest for the truth uncover? And does she really want to know?

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A Girl Called Hope

A Girl Called Hope

In an enthralling and heart-rending saga, Badgers Brook once again provides sanctuary for a family in need

Married life hasn't been easy for Hope Murton – her mother-in-law, Marjorie, is overbearing and critical, and Hope's husband, Ralph, refuses to stand up for himself. Eventually Hope persuades him to move out and to set up a new home at Badgers Brook with their small son, Davy.

Soon they are beset by tragedy when a road accident leaves Ralph confined to a wheelchair. He takes the only way out he can think of, leaving Hope destitute. Desperate not to return to her mother-in-law's house, she turns to friends for help, including local trader Peter Bevan. Can Hope overcome all that befalls her, and will she ever find true happiness?

The second in the Badgers Brook series, A Girl Called Hope is a gripping tale of post-War life, filled with family and loss, secrets and romance.

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

The captivating third instalment of Grace Thompson’s hugely popular Badgers Brook saga series

As the Second World War ends, Sophie Daniels quits the WAAF with nowhere to go. She wanders around the country searching for a place where she can settle, living in bedsits, barns, and small guesthouses in the meantime. Eventually she finds Badgers Brook, where she meets and befriends nine-year-old Bertie, neglected and running wild.

The neighbours warm to her, the place is welcoming, and Sophie knows she has found her home. Friendly local Ryan Treweather is a welcome distraction, and potentially more, if she can just trust him with one big guilty secret. But if Sophie grows closer to Ryan, what will it mean for poor young Bertie?

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The Heart of the Home

The Heart of the Home

An enthralling fourth trip to the house at Badgers Brook sees a young woman facing tension at home and in the office

Meriel Evans has worked for her father's estate agency ever since she left school. While happy there, she knows she must carve a career of her own, so lands a job with Cwm Derw’s Ace Estate Agency. Soon she discovers her new boss, George Dexter, dislikes her father intensely, though she cannot understand why. Just what is at the root of this bitterness? How will it affect Meriel’s prospects? And what are the consequences for her family?

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False Friends

False Friends

In an absorbing finale to Grace Thompson’s much-admired saga series, Lowri Vaughan is in need of refuge – where better to find it than Badgers Brook?

Rumours abound that her father is a fraudster, maybe even a murderer, but while he is indeed locked up, Lowri and her mother know he’s an innocent man. Some gossip-seeking townsfolk work on currying Lowri’s favour, hoping she will drop her guard. Sorting those who can’t be trusted from those that can is tough work for Lowri, but that’s perhaps the least of her worries – she must secure her father’s release, and fast…

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