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on 30 March 2012
Such Sweet Sorrow is the fifth book in the Hearts of Gold series (and like the other books in the series it could easily be enjoyed on its own).
It is set in 1939, and vividly describes life in wartime Pontypridd. The characters are colourful and genuine (many will seem like old friends if you have been reading the series), and you quickly become engrossed in their stories.
Many of the young men in Pontypridd volunteer for the Welsh Guards, and leave for France - including William and Eddie Powell and the Ronconi boys.
Their loved ones are left to cope with their worries, and some of the young women have to take on additional responsibilities - such as the Ronconi girls, who have to take over running the family's cafés and restaurant.
A couple of new characters are introduced, as several `conchies' (conscientious objectors) arrive in Pontypridd, conscripted to work in the coal mines.
Tensions build in the community and as war fever sets in the persecution of `enemy aliens' begins, and soon many of the Italians living in Pontypridd face internment.
Such Sweet Sorrow is well researched and very moving. The stories of the characters are gripping - and there is a balance of highs and lows. As well as the tragedies, injustices and sorrows of war; there are stories of deep friendship, romance, and the ability of people and communities to find the strength needed to both cope with, and overcome, great adversities.

The previous books in the series are:
Hearts of Gold
ONE BLUE MOON (HEARTS OF GOLD (PONTYPRIDD SERIES))
A SILVER LINING (HEARTS OF GOLD)
ALL THAT GLITTERS (HEARTS OF GOLD)

The next book in the series is:
PAST REMEMBERING (HEARTS OF GOLD)
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on 15 October 2013
Once again, various families intertwined in a Welsh mining village, the saga is now progressing through the 1930's and towards World War II. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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on 8 November 2012
As usual Catrin Collier i couldn't put it down, very good story line and leaves you wondering what more is there when you have finished the book! Can't wait for the next one!!
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on 26 October 2013
I'M SO SAD THAT I'M NOW ON BOOK 7 OF 8. THIS IS, WITHOUT DOUBT, THE BEST SERIES OF HAVE EVER READ. SIMPLY BRILLIANT
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on 30 May 2014
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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on 6 March 2016
I really enjoyed this series of books. I ended up buying them all. If you like an ongoing family saga type story then these are the books for you. I loved the characters and enjoyed sharing their journeys in the stories. Nice easy read, not demanding.
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on 19 October 2014
Once again an excellent book in this series following the lives and loves of welsh families. You really get to care about the people and it gives a good insight into the political and social history of the era between the wars. Highly recommended .
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on 14 May 2014
love this series was very sorry when it ended, AMAZON !!!! it dosent need anymore words i cant understand why there has to be a set amount of words for a review it just puts people off from doing them
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on 27 June 2014
Always enjoy catrin colliers book, she takes you there into the years she is writing about. If anyone wants to know how people had to survive in sometimes terrible circumstances then read her books
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on 21 November 2014
A sympathetically written story about the strength of women to overcome whatever horrors and heartache they are faced with. Another of this author's brilliant books that is hard to put down.
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