Release day: The Penny Bangle
Today is the official release of The Penny Bangle by Margaret James (paperback, Choc Lit). Here’s the blurb:
It’s 1942 when Cassie Taylor reluctantly leaves Birmingham to become a land girl on a farm in Dorset.
There she meets Robert and Stephen Denham, twins recovering from injuries sustained at Dunkirk. Cassie is instantly drawn to Stephen, but is wary of the more complex Robert – who doesn’t seem to like Cassie one little bit.
At first, Robert wants to sack the inexperienced city girl. But Cassie soon learns, and Robert comes to admire her courage, finding himself deeply attracted to Cassie. Just as their romance blossoms, he’s called back into active service.
Anxious to have adventures herself, Cassie joins the ATS. In Egypt, she meets up with Robert, and they become engaged. But war separates them again as Robert is sent to Italy and Cassie back to the UK.
Robert is reported missing, presumed dead. Stephen wants to take Robert’s place in Cassie’s heart. So will Cassie stay true to the memory of her first love, and will Robert come home again?
Margaret dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
This is the third volume in a trilogy that began with The Silver Locket and continued with The Golden Chain. A romantic saga about the Denham and Courtenay families, who live in rural Dorset, this third book introduces a new character, Cassie Taylor. Cassie knows nothing about farming or life in the countryside. But, when she arrives on the Denham family’s farm, she learns fast! Cassie’s wartime adventures are partly inspired by my own mother’s experiences of WW2. Cassie joins the army, and so did my mother. I was able to ask Mum about all kinds of things I would never have found on Google. All three books in the trilogy feature have an intensely romantic love affair that has repercussions – some very good, some very bad – for the next generation. When we fall in love, it’s not usually just about us. It’s about our families, our friends and our places in society, too. My novels often show characters falling for the wrong people – that’s as far as society is concerned – but in the deepest, most elemental ways, my lovers always get it right. I write historical fiction because I love delving into the past and finding out what life was like back then. I think it’s important for us all to be reminded that although technology moves at an alarming rate these days, human nature doesn’t change. When we read and write historical fiction, we connect with our collective past.
You can find out more about The Penny Bangle at Collins Booksellers.
All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article will go in the draw to win a copy of The Penny Bangle. The giveaway closes on 5 August 2012. (Congratulations, the winner was Barbara)