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A Silver Lining (Hearts of Gold) [Paperback]

Catrin Collier
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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5 April 2006 Hearts of Gold
In strictly chapel Pontypridd in 1938, tongues are quick to wag when Alma Moore, abandoned by her lover, is rushed to hospital with stomach pains. The doctor may call it appendicitis, but the scandal-mongers think they know better. And then Bethan John, who's too good for the rest of them since she married a doctor, comes back to her mining family's house with her new baby - but without her husband, or any word of explanation. Ostracised by most - even their own mothers - Alma and Bethan face a lonely struggle to survive. Then taciturn Russian Charlie, an outsider haunted by his own past, reaches out the hand of friendship to them both, and in so doing begins to thaw his own heart...


Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877464
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

CATRIN COLLIER/KATHERINE JOHN/CARO FRENCH/KATHERINE HARDY/K A JOHN -
At present (January 2014) working on Winds of Eden the sequel to Long Road to Baghdad. Look out for my raunchy Caro French Farcreek novels, Lady Luck, Lady Lay, Lady Chance named after the Cullen boys yachts. - Coming very soon.
My most bemused moment. When someone commented, "It will be wonderful for Pontypridd when you die." (Many of my novels are set in the town)
My best "putting in place moment". When someone joined a queue at a signing session in Waterstones and waited ten minutes to say, "I don't want a book, love, but as you're here for two hours, look after my shopping for me." - I did.
My proudest moment, when I discovered my Catrin Collier novel, One Last Summer, based on my Prussian born mother's wartime diaries was named recommended reading for adults by the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust.

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‘A page-turner... a terrific read’ -- Susan Sallis

‘Moving, heartwarming... impossible to put down’ -- Evening Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Part of the HEARTS OF GOLD series, reissued to coincide with a major BBC TV adaptation of HEARTS OF GOLD. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By S
Format:Kindle Edition
A Silver Lining is the third in a series of eight books set in Pontypridd between 1930 and 1950. All the books can be enjoyed on their own - but it is nice to read them chronologically to follow the fortunes of the Powell family and their friends over the years.
There is a good mixture of characters featured in A Silver Lining, who are experiencing a range of troubles and heartaches as tensions are building in pre-war Pontypridd.
Alma Moore is struggling - her lover Ronnie married another girl and moved to Italy in the last book, and she is lonely and vulnerable. She has become the target of destructive gossip, and she is having serious financial troubles that could drive her and her mother to the workhouse.
Bethan Powell returns to Pontypridd with her baby - but without her husband - and has to cope with some of the worst nightmares a mother can have.
'Charlie the Russian' is embarking on a new business venture and trying to help some of his friends and neighbours who he sees are in need - but he is struggling to keep his past buried and his need for love and companionship suppressed.
Evan Powell unwittingly manages to get into trouble with the police in an incident that will change his, and his family's lives, forever.
As the book progresses, silver linings to all the troubles and woes slowly emerge - some are brighter than others, but there are definite silver linings to all the clouds.
A Silver Lining is beautifully and cleverly written; it magically transports you to Pontypridd in 1938, sensitively describes a range of personal and social difficulties; and is utterly engrossing - a very moving fantastically good read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Catrub Collier books 17 Feb 2013
By dee
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all Catrin Colliers books up to and including Magda's Daughter for me they are books that I have difficulty putting down. I live near the area where most of her writting and worked in the Pontypridd area for many years so was able to imagine the area at the periods in which they were written would recomend to others. Nicely written easy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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The usual high standard of Catrin Collier
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Lining Brilliant 1 July 2014
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Fantastic Books, spoken to people who remeber the war years and the workhouse and the terrible deprivation in Pontypridd. Great reads
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series. 27 Jun 2014
By Lisbeth
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Once again Ms Collier has brought her characters to life in this well written series. Can't wait to start reading some of her other series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 27 Jun 2014
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What a read couldn't put it down. Get all the Hearts of gold series I enjoyed it that much thank you. And all catrin colliers books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 30 May 2014
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i started reading this series because the first in the series was a free read and since have read then all.
It's not my preferred genre but Catrin had me hooked. Ive read the lot and loved them all. Very easy to buy into the characters. Looking forward to reading more from Catrin in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars A silver lining. 15 May 2014
By MS
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Reading complete series of these books. Ideal to be able to download from my kindle. I am a lover of Catrin Collier.
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