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All’s fair in love and war… but what happens when the war is over?
After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find.
Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.
As her grandmother's health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her granny dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honour her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.
Just as Cathy and her friends are about to open their doors to the first expectant mothers, Jack is spotted in Liverpool. It’s only a matter of time until her cruel stepfather catches up with her, determined to pay her back for getting him locked up in prison. Can Cathy keep herself and her grandmother’s legacy safe, and see Jack sent away for good at last?
The Midwives of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching saga about how the best friendships can help you through the worst of times. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes!
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Readers love the Lark Lane series!
‘Oh what a corker… Fantastic… I am flabbergasted… Moved me to tears, filled my arms with goosebumps… Truly spellbinding… Historical fiction at its finest.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars
‘An emotive and gripping read… I literally could not put it down… Highly recommended.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Heart-warming and heartbreaking… It’s safe to say Pam has worked a blinder with this book, have some tissues at the ready and get yourself stuck in… This book is written beautifully and is really difficult to put down once you start it… A first-class read.’ I Love Reading, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved it!... It grips you from the first page… Highly recommended, so clear your diaries and stock up on tissues, you are in for a real treat!’ Waggy Tales Dog Blog, 5 stars
‘I really love this… The author has a definite knack of writing stories which just get you absolutely 100% hooked and tug at your heartstrings… I found myself gripped… Took in the atmosphere and surroundings of war-ravaged Liverpool absolutely perfectly!… It does make you reach for the tissues, but it’s a wonderful heart-warming read of love, loss, family and friendships. Fabulous!!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Pam has a wonderful talent and makes these books engaging, emotional, enjoyable and unputdownable… The story is brilliant. Very well written. It flowed beautifully… Captures you from the word go… A first-class page-turner you really want to read.’ I Love Reading, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved it!… This book gave me so many different emotions throughout… All of the characters are so well written… I can't wait to read more from Pam Howes. If you are a fan of wartime sagas this is a must-read.’ Booking Good Read, 5 stars
‘Absolutely brilliant, five-star read… Wonderful… Perfect for reading curled up with by the fire… You will be hooked and won’t want to put this book down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars