Grace Thompson

The Pendragon Island Sagas

Corner of a Small Town

Corner of a Small Town

In the first Pendragon Island saga, the much-loved Grace Thompson takes us on a nostalgic trip to a beautiful Welsh seaside town – then uncovers its darkest secrets.

Pendragon Island is the perfect place for holidays, with a stretch of clean golden sand and a glorious funfair nearby. Yet for one local family, the happy holiday atmosphere risks becoming a cruel joke, as the unusually-named Lewis Lewis’s affair with close friend Nia Martin threatens to tear his marriage apart. The irritation of Lewis’s wife Dora is channeled towards their daughter, Rhiannon, who works at Nia’s sweet shop, Temptations. With his family at war and the gossip beginning to spread, it can only be a matter of time before Lewis’s misadventures catch up with him…

From the bestselling author of the Holidays at Home and Badgers Brook sagas, Corner of a Small Town introduces new series characters: the troubled Lewis family, the haughty Weston dynasty and the mischievous Griffiths clan. It will charm and enthrall fans of Freda Lightfoot and Kitty Neale.

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The Weston Girls

The Weston Girls

Beautiful, rich, and popular: the Weston Girls seem to have it all… until they fall in love with the wrong men

The Weston family have always pinned their hopes for creating a dynasty on their glamorous granddaughters. But Joan and Megan – confident and eligible though they are – regularly set tongues wagging with their outrageous behaviour. Their grandmother Gladys decides she must organise a party to find them suitable husbands – and that’s when everything really goes wrong.

Meanwhile, fortunes are shifting in Pendragon Island, and when it becomes clear that their sons-in-law Ryan and Islwyn are unable to save their failing family business, the Westons must swallow their pride and learn to rely on the socially ill-favoured Vivian Lewis. However, little do their grandparents know, the Weston girls intend to take things a bit further…

The Weston Girls – the second in Grace Thompson’s acclaimed Pendragon Island series – is a charming saga which will transport you to the sunny shores of 1950s Wales.

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Unlocking the Past

Unlocking the Past

The third in the Pendragon Island saga series, Unlocking the Past is a nostalgic and enchanting look at 1950s Britain

Poachers and dealmakers, the Griffiths family have always managed to scrape by on the edge of the law – but times are changing in Pendragon Island.

As rationing finally draws to an end, the tight-knit community finds itself coming to terms with a new world in which social boundaries are being eroded and opportunities are growing for all.

Heartache remains a constant though, with Caroline Griffiths is trapped in a sham marriage to Barry Martin – and Rhiannon Lewis still mourning their broken engagement. Meanwhile, the close bond between Frank and Ernie Griffiths is tested first by Frank’s growing involvement in a dangerous criminal enterprise, and then by Ernie’s new ladyfriend…

From much-loved Welsh author Grace Thompson, Unlocking the Past will delight readers of Rosie Clarke, Diney Costeloe, and Merryn Allingham.

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Maisie’s Way

Maisie’s Way

From the bestselling author of Wait Till Summer and The House by the Brook, the captivating fourth novel in the Pendragon Island saga series

When Masie Vasey leaves her husband and brings her daughter to live on Pendragon Island, she causes unrest within more than one family. Underneath the happy surface of this Welsh seaside town, relationships can seem fragile and easily destroyed.

When Maisie comes to work for Edward Jenkins at Montague Court, he soon makes his intentions clear, but she has very different ideas about where their friendship is heading.

Lewis and his fiery wife Dora continue to row with each other, even though they both know that love still binds them together. But how will Maisie’s arrival affect the reconciliation they seek? Can their marriage survive?

Set amidst an idyllic but scandal-filled community, Maisie’s Way is vintage Grace Thompson, a brilliant novel of romance and drama served with lashings of tantalising period detail.

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A Shop in the High Street

A Shop in the High Street

Family rivalries and bitter disputes set a once-peaceful town alight in the fifth of Grace Thompson’s well-loved Pendragon Island sagas

Edward Jenkins has long dreamt of opening a sports shop in the small Welsh town of Pendragon Island. So, when Edward’s parents pass away, leaving the Montague Court Hotel to their two children, he glimpses the possibility of his ambitions being realised. His sister Margaret, however, has her own plans for their inheritance and the determination to see them through. Can Edward stand up to her for the very first time?

Rhiannon and Charlie Bevan are keen to start a family, but her father Lewis is living with them, and he still refuses to accept that their marriage will be a happy one. If only they could find a way to reunite him with her mother Dora, they could finally have the home they’ve dreamed of…

Meanwhile Megan – one of the scandalous Weston Girls – is pregnant, but has refused to marry the father, freeloading Terrence Jenkins. As she begins to help Terrence’s cousin Edward with the plans for his shop, all he can think of is their friendship growing into something more. But what could a girl like Megan ever see in him?

As another year passes in this tiny coastal community, the happiness and heartaches of its inhabitants continue to prove as intriguing and captivating as ever.

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Sophie Street

Sophie Street

The final instalment of Grace Thompson’s celebrated Pendragon Island sagas

Janet and Hywel Griffiths dream of seeing their son Frank happily married, but Mair, the daughter of the local police constable, does not seem to be the wisest choice. And anyway, she is far more interested in the secretive Carl Rees, who refuses to even be seen with her in public.

Elsewhere in Pendragon Island, Jennie Francis has to rethink her life as she is forced to say goodbye to her business and her marriage. All she ever wanted was to run a successful shop, but now she will have to start again. How can she manage if she is completely alone?

Lewis and Dora are finally reconciled, but when she finds a mysterious box of newspaper clippings in the attic, she can’t help but be suspicious. Her investigation will turn someone’s life upside down, but not quite who she expects…

As the Pendragon Island novels draws to a dramatic close, will there be one last big secret for the town to absorb? Will true love win out or must tragedy strike again?

Grace Thompson’s signature charm, humour and warmth once again adorn the pages of Sophie Street, delivering a fittingly poignant finale to this acclaimed and hugely popular series.

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