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Belfast, 1939, and Martha's daughters are beginning to make their way in the world. Irene, the eldest, is on the lookout for a new job and romance. She is torn between Sean O'Hara - wanted by the police for something he didn't do - and RAF radio engineer Sandy, serving in India. Pat is sensitive and thoughtful, and dreams of life beyond the Ulster Linen Works. When she is introduced to a dashing tenor, the possibility of a new life seems ever more real . . . Peggy, hot-headed and glamorous, loves her job in Mr Goldstein's music shop on Royal Avenue, where she catches the eye of a Humphrey Bogart lookalike, but he isn't all he appears . . . Sheila, the youngest, wants to stay on at school, but her family desperately need another wage. Above all, she longs to be treated like a grown up. Although they lead very different lives, the sisters share a passion for singing and when they are asked to join a new troupe of entertainers, Martha fears this will put them in temptation's way. Can she hold her family together and keep her girls safe, even when the bombs begin to fall? The Golden Sisters, the fabulous sequel to Martha's Girls, is out now!
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Alrene Hughes was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and now lives in Manchester. She was an English teacher for twenty years and now writes full time. Her first novel 'Martha's Girls' was inspired by a family scrapbook of concert programmes and newspaper cuttings about The Golden Sisters - her mother and aunts. Her second book 'The Golden Sisters' was published in March 2015 and launched at the Northern Ireland War Memorial museum in Belfast. The final book in the WW2 trilogy 'A Song in my Heart' was published in June 2016. Alrene on Twitter: @alrenehughes Visit her website:


a heart-warming novel of family bonds * Lisburn Echo/Ulster Star * a nostalgic and heartwarming story of family bonds * Belfast Newsletter *

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