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Hearts of Gold (The Hearts of Gold Series #1)

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Trainee midwife Bethan Powell lives in the shadow of the workhouse during the Depression. It's difficult to say which is harder for her and fellow nurse Laura Ronconi--their grueling work in the hospital, or the frictions and financial hardships at home. Bethan's Communist miner father, rigidly Chapel mother, unruly brothers, and delightful but dubiously honest aunt, and ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published July 11th 2013 by Accent Press Ltd (first published September 23rd 2011)
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Jun 07, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - it introduced me to Collier's books and I went on read the entire series. It is easy to fall in love with and genuinely care about what happens to the characters - definitely - A Keeper, to be read over and over.
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Aug 25, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
This book sets the scene for the Powell family and their friends and relatives in the Graig, on the poor side of the Common in Pontypridd. The story is well written with fiction woven around the social history of the time. Valley communities were tight and would stick together but despite the community mindedness there was also the small minded, nosey neighbour attitudes and the shame from any scandal that threatened to shake a family's values to the core. This book is set in the 1930's right in ...more
Emma T Clement
Jun 09, 2016 Emma T Clement rated it it was ok
Received this book for free in exchange for a honest review on goodreads.
I usually don't like mushy, sappy books, so I am not sure why I signed up for this giveaway. Maybe I thought it was more of a historical fiction novel than a romancey one. Anyways, if you like sappy love novels, this is a wonderful book. Not a bad book for me to read, I loved the characters and setting. I just didn't enjoy the romance-centered plot and found that aspect of the book to be somewhat annoying.
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Feb 03, 2014 Liz Balaam rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The story of a Welsh Coal Mining Village and its inhabitants. Bethan, the daughter of a coal miner, and a nurse, meets a Doctor from the upper classes. The book explores how the two overcome the divide of their classes. It is also an eye opener to the hardships suffered by the coal miners and families during those times - around the 1920's. Very good. I am definitely going to read the next one in the series.
Dec 02, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
First of a series in 8, set in Pontypridd in Wales and following the lives of a small mining community. This, the first book starts during the Depression and the main character is Bethan Powell a trainee nurse / midwife. Similar style to Maeve Binchy
I do love a good old love story! Bethan, young poor welsh trainee nurse meets and falls in love with Andrew, rich dashing doctor. Both families disapprove but will their love conquer all?? What more could you want for in a book! Loved it!!
Sue Lyle
Aug 28, 2013 Sue Lyle rated it really liked it
I liked it because I live in Wales and recognised so much I am familiar with. A light read that nevertheless provoked discussion in our book club about the characters and about Wales and the issues raised.
Aug 26, 2013 Faye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Loved this book. a cracking story of love & families from both sides of the tracks in depression hit 30's Wales
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Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions. The daughter of a Prussian refugee and Welsh father, she grew up in Pontypridd. She has written 19 novels for Orion. Her first historical novel Hearts of Gold, was filmed as a mini-series by the BBC in 2003. She lives with her family on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea. She also writes crime fiction ...more
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The Hearts of Gold Series (9 books)
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