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Hearts of Gold (Pontypridd) [Paperback]

Catrin Collier
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3 April 2003 Pontypridd
Bethan's life is a continual struggle to make ends meet. When she meets Andrew at the hospital, he introduces her to a different style of life away from the poverty and hardship she's been used to. But their love is a subject of much gossip.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009927129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099271291
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,833,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She worked in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a wonderful series of books 26 Feb 2003
Hearts of Gold is the first in a series of eight books following the fortunes of a small community in Pontypridd in Wales. They are set from before the second world war to just after it. Each book focuses on the same characters but from a a slightly different aspect although still entwining the story around all the characters. Through the books you follow the characters while they grow and suffer the hardships and the ups and downs of life in the mining town. Throughout the story the author makes the reader laugh and cry and feel a number of differing emotions. The series can be read individually but I think that they are well worth reading from start to finish. I read all eight books over a period of two months and found that each one was even more enthralling than the last. Now I've finished the series I feel totally lost as the books are so well written that the characters seemed so real I feel that I've lost my friends. The books were passed to me by my mother and she felt exactly the same about them. The series is Hearts of Gold, One Blue Moon, A Silver Lining, All That Glitters, Such Sweet Sorrow, Past Remembering, Broken Rainbows and finally Spoils of War.
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This book is centered in Pontypridd in the heart of the depression. Bethan Powell rises from poverty to become a trainee midwife and falls in love with a young, rich doctor, Andrew. The story is of her struggle to better herself. Love, romance, families, poverty - a good read, you won't want to turn out the light
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfull saga 21 Nov 2009
I first stumbled across these books in the doctors waiting room. I began reading Silver Lining first. Unaware that it was actually one of many books. I was captaviated by Catrin Colliers discription of the people and places of Pontypridd. Even going as far in my mind to link it to places I had been. I could easily picture the long steep walk home, and the cafe in main street.
Her way with words made it easy to feel compassion for the characters she had created. Remembering that although it is a work of fiction it is based very closely on the reality of day to day living people endured in the early 1900's.

I was very excited to realise afterwards that although the Hearts of Gold Saga had finished, there we're other books, that still carried on the lives of the men and women featured but this time as parents and sometimes grand parents.
A truely delightfull read. In the last 4 months I have read every single book I have been able to get my hands on, courtsey of my local library, and passed them on to my mum. If you want something you can get lost in and have time on your hands to read these books are a must!!!!!!!!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellant first read 19 Jan 2004
Even as someone who does not like reading I found it difficult to put this book down. The detail in the writing is excellant and within the first page you are intrigued and want to read more. You soon feel as though you know the characters and even though I have never been in their specific situations I felt as though I could relate to many of the issues raised in the book, and because of this I feel as though I know each character personnally. Although there are alot of characters, their lives intertwine so perfectly, and the detail is so precise, that it is not at all a labourous read, as many books with so much content can be. I finished the book within three days and can not wait to start 'One Blue Moon'. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a heart-warming read, with a few tear jerkers along the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 26 Nov 2013
By Jan
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Couldn't put it down, can't wait to read the next book, well written and it deserves more than five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of gold. 24 Nov 2013
By joanie
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Brilliant book.I could not put it down very easy to get into the story right from the start.
The end of the story for me was very disappointing not what I was hoping for but hopefully it will pick up in
The next. book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Family Life 7 Oct 2013
By gloria
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Very good description of welsh family life of the time. Really enjoyed this book as the area was fairly familiar to me so i could identify with it easily. Well written & good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hearts of gold 28 Sep 2013
By Jan
Format:Kindle Edition
if there were more than five stars i would have rated it a lot higher a really fab book just couldnt put it down cannot wait to read the second in the series jan
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't finish it
Published 2 days ago by jaffacake43
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by maggin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with item and service from seller.
Bought as a present much appreciated.
Published 22 days ago by derek church
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Welsh theme
I have just read this book, I enjoyed it but I will not be reading the rest of the series. Was disappointed in the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Merrily X
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing
The tale is set in a South Wales mining town during the depression era, and the storyline reflected the bleakness era. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent author. depicts the era that she is writing about very well. would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Willie K.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series.
Having read the first two book on this ,the first of the series I guarantee you will want to read the rest, I have now bought all nine. Read six.
Published 1 month ago by Lisbeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
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.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I know want to get the whole series. Very well written and lovely family story. I can imagine all the characters.
Published 2 months ago by mrs L. Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
i started reading this series because this book, the first in the series was a free read and since have read them all.
It's not my preferred genre but Catrin had me hooked. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ***Vicky***
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