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Spoils of War (Hearts of Gold) [Paperback]

Catrin Collier
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29 Nov 2006 Hearts of Gold
It is 1946 and the soldiers who have been away for the war are beginning to return to Pontypridd. But not all the reunions are happy... Bethan's lingering feelings for an American officer make it hard for her to readjust to married life. Tony's fiancee, a German refugee, arrives in Pontypridd to find herself shunned by all. And when she discovers Tony has lied to her, she must face the possibility that he is only marrying her to spite his family. Meanwhile, Alma and Charlie receive devastating news, which throws their whole world into confusion - and leaves Charlie to make an impossible choice. As the people of Pontypridd struggle to rebuild their lives, they discover that the end of war only marks the beginning of another more personal struggle...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (29 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752878166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752878164
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 11.3 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,071 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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Praise for Catrin Collier:
"Sympathetic, warm-hearted and compassionate." - Beryl Kingston --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic series of books. 26 Feb 2003
Spoils of War is the last 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 so 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 22 July 2005
I have read all of the books in this series, and I've loved every single one! Is this really the LAST one! I don't want to stop reading about these characters! They are so well written!You end up feeling like you know them. There aren't too many authors out there who can keep you coming back for more of their characters, but Ms. Collier is one of them! I look forward to reading other works from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Dec 2012
By Janet
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As always another great book, that transports you in great exquisite detail to a time our grandmothers lived in. Her books are addictive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant series, can't wait to read more. 27 Jun 2014
By Lisbeth
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Brilliant, cried buckets at the end. A brilliant series, can't wait to read more, from this author .Catrin Collier. !
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5.0 out of 5 stars So true to life 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 what a writer 10 Jun 2014
By Pauline
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I have read all her books and there isn't one I couldn't wait to see what happens in the end,I couldn't put any of her books down and can't wait for more of her books to come out
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars spoils of war 5 May 2014
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This book looks at the result of the war on the local people. It was interesting to follow the story as it is getting to the end of the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really Good
This was the last of Catrin Colliers brilliant series. I have read all the previous Hearts of Gold stories and enjoyed every one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Stanmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This it the last book in the Hearts of Gold series and like the other 7 this is a great read. I have really enjoyed the whole series and characters, covering their lives from pre... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing stories
I have been reading through the series of theses book after reading the first one on offer and just got hooked , set in a small village in Wales just before the war and following... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoils of War
I have really enjoyed this series of books. I am feeling quite sad that I have only got one more to go. I will really miss them.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Ann Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an enjoyable saga
I read all the books in this series straight through and thoroughly enjoyed the journey. The author showed the enormous implications of minor and major choices on the characters'... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JPD
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoils of war
The whole series of hearts of gold has been a real eye opener into the past .The work and information that has been gathered by the author has been thoroughly investigated and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by brian bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I have read all the books in the Hearts of Gold and they have been really brilliant, can we have book 9?
Published 4 months ago by sue tremayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of Gold series
Lovely story again very sad near the end just one more book to go I will be so sorry when l have finished the series I have really enjoyed all the books.
Published 4 months ago by jenny
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