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‘Real sagas with female characters right at the heart’ Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour

‘In the world of historical saga writers, there’s a brand new voice’ My Weekly


If you love Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin, you’ll LOVE Glenda Young’s ‘amazing novels!’ (ITV’s This Morning presenter Sharon Marshall)

‘A super saga with a sparky heroine’ People’s Friend

What readers are saying about Glenda’s heartwrenching sagas:

‘Definitely an author not to be missed when it comes to family sagas’ The Book Magnet

‘Writes superb historical fiction that bring the era alive. Her books are unbeatable and unputdownable’ Ginger Book Geek

‘The perfectly imperfect, human nature of Glenda Young’s characters are what keeps her readership hooked’ Clyde’s Corner

‘Gritty, compelling and full of heart … an exceptional saga’ Bookish Jottings


‘Better than a Catherine Cookson’ 5* reader review

‘Wonderful read, full of rich characters, evocative description and a touch of romance’ 5* reader review

‘Just wanted it to go on forever and read more about the characters and their lives’ 5* reader review


‘You’re a Dinsdale lass, Ruby. Nothing and no one keeps us lot down.’

A life of poverty in a cramped pit cottage is all that seventeen-year-old Ruby Dinsdale has known. Even with her father and younger brother working at the coal mine, money is tight. Her mother Mary is skilled at stretching what little they have, but the small contribution Ruby makes from her job at the local pub makes all the difference. So when Ruby is sacked, and Mary becomes pregnant again, the family’s challenges are greater than ever.

When charming miner Gordon begins to court Ruby it seems as though happiness is on the horizon, until she uncovers a deeper betrayal than she could ever have imagined.

But although the Dinsdales are materially poor, they are rich in love, friendship and determination – all qualities that they will draw on to get them through whatever lies ahead.

Look out for Glenda’s other compelling sagas, Belle of the Back Streets, The Tuppenny Child, Pearl of Pit Lane and The Paper Mill Girl!

Plus, Glenda launches a brand-new cosy-crime mystery series this August – don’t miss Murder at the Seaview Hotel!

Praise for Glenda Young:

‘I really enjoyed Glenda’s novel. It’s well researched and well written and I found myself caring about her characters’ Rosie Goodwin

‘Will resonate with saga readers everywhere…a wonderful, uplifting story’ Nancy Revell

‘All the ingredients for a perfect saga and I loved Meg; she’s such a strong and believable character. A fantastic debut’ Emma Hornby

‘Glenda has an exceptionally keen eye for domestic detail which brings this local community to vivid, colourful life and Meg is a likeable, loving heroine for whom the reader roots from start to finish’ Jenny Holmes

‘I found it difficult to believe that this was a debut novel, as “brilliant” was the word in my mind when I reached the end. I enjoyed it enormously, being totally absorbed from the first page. I found it extremely well written, and having always loved sagas, one of the best I’ve read’ Margaret Kaine

Reviews

In the world of historical saga writers, there's a brand new voice
My Weekly
I really enjoyed Glenda's novel. It's well researched and well written and I found myself caring about her characters
Rosie Goodwin
Will resonate with saga readers everywhere...a wonderful, uplifting story
Nancy Revell
All the ingredients for a perfect saga and I loved Meg; she's such a strong and believable character. A fantastic debut
Emma Hornby
Glenda has an exceptionally keen eye for domestic detail which brings this local community to vivid, colourful life and Meg is a likeable, loving heroine for whom the reader roots from start to finish
Jenny Holmes
I found it difficult to believe that this was a debut novel, as "brilliant" was the word in my mind when I reached the end. I enjoyed it enormously, being totally absorbed from the first page. I found it extremely well written, and having always loved sagas, one of the best I've read
Margaret Kaine