Grace Thompson

Standalone novels

An Army of Smiles

An Army of Smiles

Three girls go to war and find true friendship

A spellbinding standalone saga from Grace Thompson set in World War II

Ethel runs away from a violent father, a man so fierce he beat her fiancé senseless. Gorgeous Kate leaves her doting parents and their grocery store. Shy and sheltered Rosie, who has grown up with her grandmother, decides to escape her sleepy home town.

All three join the NAAFI, determined to do their bit against Hitler. Through the travails of war they become each other's new family. Through desperate love affairs, charming pilots, unplanned pregnancies and postings around war-torn Europe, they resolve to stick together. But will the war tear them apart?

And when the fighting draws to an end they realise the world – and their lives – can never be the same again...

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Family Pride

Family Pride

All’s fair in love, war, and baking

A delightful standalone Grace Thompson saga set during World War II

Gilly Jenkins is the third generation to bake for her family firm. Also on Bread Street, in the same Welsh seaside town, is the rival bakery: Green’s.

As Gilly’s grandfather falls ill, and facing the outbreak of the Second World War, things look tough for the Jenkins. Amidst the hardship of war they face an unexpected tragedy.

Their feud with the Greens intensifies, and a new arrival in the town causes consternation.

Yet, despite it all romance blossoms across the divide as Gilly falls for Paul, a dashing pilot and heir to the Green business. Secrets old and new come to light. Can the families come to terms with the past? And will love conquer all?

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Search for a Shadow

Search for a Shadow

A captivating mystery from the bestselling and much-loved saga writer Grace Thompson

On the last day of her holiday, Rosemary Roberts meets an intriguing American in the foyer of her London hotel. By some extraordinary slice of fortune, Larry Madison-Jones is due to visit the tiny Welsh village where Rosemary lives. But how much of a coincidence is it really?

When Rosemary returns home, her life takes a sinister turn. As she gets closer to the enigmatic Larry, she is also drawn into a web of mysterious and suspicious happenings. Just what is Larry hiding? And does he really love her – or is he trying to drive her mad?

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Summer of Secrets

Summer of Secrets

In a small seaside village in Wales everyone has secrets, but how long can they be kept?

After tragedy strikes and Bettrys Hopkyns loses her sister, she is determined to raise Eirlys’s daughter Cheryl. She is also duty-bound to uncover the identity of her late sister’s lover, so the baby can know her father.

The search takes Bettrys and her young niece to a close-knit village in west Wales; where they find a community seething with love affairs, disloyalty and deceit. With trust in short supply, and her own heartbreak to contend with, it soon becomes clear some find their presence most unwelcome. But what lengths will they go to, and why?

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Missing the Moment

Missing the Moment

Can she choose between family and love?

Seven years ago, Charlotte Russell’s father walked out on her family. Ever since, the task of caring for her bitter mother and sick uncle have fallen heavily on Charlotte’s shoulders.

If only she had agreed to marry Joe Llewellyn the first time he asked. Unable to leave her family to fend for themselves, Charlotte is constantly delaying her own happiness, and fears that Joe may soon move on. Then, as 1950 begins, Charlotte’s father reappears, bringing with him his brood of children from his mistress.

Torn between loyalty to her family, desire to rebuild the family business, and her need for independence and love, Charlotte fears she will never have a life of her own. Have she and Joe missed their moment?

From Grace Thompson, author of the Holidays at Home, Badgers Brook, and Valley sagas, this is a heartbreaking tale of love and sacrifice. Missing the Moment is sure to enthral readers of Rosie Clark, Anna Jacobs, and Sheila Newberry.

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The Homecoming

The Homecoming

What secrets are hidden in post-war Swansea?

The war is over, and life seems simple for Lydia: working at the Swansea market and waiting for her sweetheart, Glyn, to come home and marry her. But when Glyn returns, he leaves Lydia for another woman. Soon after, the mysterious Matthew reappears after sixteen years away. Is he a dangerous stranger, or the perfect cure for a broken heart?

Meanwhile, a body is found buried in the grounds of the castle, and the community is thrown into disarray. Who amongst them would stoop to murder? And why? Can the people of Swansea trust each other? Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Lydia is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. But she has no idea how far the killer will go to keep their secret, and next time the victim could be even closer to home…

From Grace Thompson, author of the Holidays at Home, Badgers Brook, and Valley sagas, The Homecoming is a thrilling cosy crime mystery set in Wales.

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