Martha's Girls and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Trade in Yours
For a £0.25 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Martha's Girls on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Martha's Girls [Paperback]

Alrene Hughes
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £1.54  
Hardcover, Large Print £20.99  
Paperback £7.69  
Paperback, 1 Feb 2012 --  
Audio, CD, Audiobook, Unabridged --  
Trade In this Item for up to £0.25
Trade in Martha's Girls for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.25, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

1 Feb 2012
Five women and one city in a heartwarming story of life, love and war. Belfast 1939: Martha Goulding's world is shattered by a sudden death and the outbreak of war that leaves her family facing an uncertain future. Her daughters are talented singers who join a troupe of entertainers led by Goldstein, a Polish Jew, who is determined to raise morale and money for the war effort. But Martha is torn between allowing her girls to perform and keeping them safe from men, both in and out of uniform, and their own headstrong personalities. Irene is drawn to Sean, but the relationship leads her into danger. Peggy is charmed by the enigmatic Harry. Pat doesn't realise she's fallen in love at all until it's too late. Sheila longs to sing with her older sisters. The rise in the girls' success as the renamed Golden Sisters is played out against a backdrop of Belfast life - from elegant Royal Avenue, into the mills, aircraft factory, concert and dance halls to the heart of the Stormont government. Apathy and lack of resources have left the city unprepared and vulnerable, its people unaware of the horror about to befall them, and Martha's family will need all their strength and courage to survive.

Frequently Bought Together

Martha's Girls + Nightingales on Call: (Nightingales 4)
Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780881924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780881928
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alrene Hughes was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and now lives in Manchester. She is a member of the Manchester Irish Writers and her short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies and broadcast on radio. 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.The second book in the WW2 trilogy will be published in March 2015, just in time for Mother's Day.

Product Description

Review

A deeply moving book which succeeds in balancing the complex emotions of the characters with the social and political life of the time. --Rose Morris, Cultural Director, Irish World Heritage Centre

About the Author

ALRENE HUGHES was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and now lives in Manchester. She is a member of the Manchester Irish Writers and her short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies and broadcast on radio. Martha's Girls is her first book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book 4 July 2012
By JS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have thoroughly enjoyed Martha's Girls and would highly recommend it. The story is a mixture of romance, drama, happiness and sadness and the characters come to life as you read, you really feel as though you know these women personally. My teenage daughter has read this book and while she has not read a book of this style before, enjoyed it immensely. My mother-in-law is now reading it and loves it. Am waiting eagerly for the sequel.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 17 July 2012
Format:Paperback
After reading this memorable novel, I could not help but share it with other members of my family who have all found it appealing . Although it is generally uplifting, there are times of trouble and worry, with mixed emotions, just like any family in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about each of the characters and would love to read any sequels.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 12 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An absolutely brilliant read - so much so I was unable to put it down!
I would certainly recommend the book - my 3 daughters have read it and were equally as complimentary as me!
Martha's Girls is a perfect combination of drama, accurate historical events and romance, tinged with both sadness and happiness.
I can't wait to read the sequel in this unfolding family saga!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the sequel? 14 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
A fabulous read. Not my usual sort of book but I bought one for my sister and she enthused so much about it, I read it myself. Can't wait for the sequel to find out how the characters fared. I would recommend. It's warm, funny, sad, poignant and above all so tenderly human.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha\s Girls 26 Jan 2014
By AngelaQ
Format:Paperback
An absolutely brilliant novel, easy to read and once started I could'nt put it down or stop thinking about it. The story was about a Mother and her daughters, and everyday life in the build up to war torn Belfast. A lot of drama around the budding romances of the girls along with the Belfast humour of real life situations, living in Belfast myself I could easily identify where the family lived and therefore felt involved with there journey through life, there is definately an opening for a sequel and I would be first in the queue to buy it
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I‘ve just finished reading ‘Martha’s Girls’ and I was not disappointed. The gentle, fluid writing carries you along like one of the wartime songs featured in the story, emitting feelings of nostalgia, courage and hope for a peaceful and happier tomorrow. The historical background is well researched and brings the reader into the heart of the story with characters who are believable and who act and react in tune with the times. There are many amusing elements on stage and off and I will never think of the Christmas turkey in quite the same way again. With four young women in the mix, you are seldom far from romance and the sisters’ dreams and aspirations hold the reader in high expectation. Despite their individual circumstances, all the girls are upheld with the love and constancy of their strong and devoted mother. This is an uplifting tale with great characterisation and insight. I look forward very much to the next book in the series.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent first book I hope she has more to come. 16 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the book the style of writing suited my taste and I think the author has captured the spirit of the period.
Her description of the interaction of the girls and their different characters was excellent.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. Although this one is a lot more than that.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 13 Dec 2013
By Majella
Format:Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. It is a brilliant and heartwarming read. I would highly recommend this author. Great buy.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback