As the Houses of York and Lancaster clash, young Elizabeth Sheldyke is married off to the ageing master of the Heron estate. As the years progress, a seed of fear is planted in the young woman’s mind. Could she possibly be barren? When widowhood hits her earlier than most, Elizabeth is taken with the notion of restoring Heron to its former grandeur. But a passionate love threatens her newfound independence when John Kendal sweeps her away in a whirlwind of desire.
Fifteen seventy-four, Devon. With Hugo and Maria finally wed and a strong line of Kendal heirs on their way, the Heron family have reached a prosperous point in their history. But when a deadly plague breaks out, their happy existence is threatened, and disaster creeps into the household when Alan Kendal’s wife, Harriet, is taken ill. With the Kendal heir now both wifeless and childless, Hugo and Maria insist upon arranging a new match. The beautiful Eloise sweeps into the family as the bride-to-be and immediately causes a stir.
Available for the first time as an audio book from the best-selling My Story series, The Great Plague is a thrilling story of a young girl during the epidemic of 1665.
Plymouth, Devon, 1501. Luke Kendal, the long-awaited son of Elizabeth and John, grows up under the loving watch of his mother and stepfather, but soon he, too, must face his trials. Irresistibly drawn to the wild Isobel, he risks all in his secret rendezvous with her. Battling with himself, he maintains the romance is only temporary, but any easing of his conscience is shattered by the revelation that Isobel is with child. Luke Kendal must make a decision: desert Isobel and render his child a bastard or defile the family honour.
Feel the fear of the Deep One - a dungeon so deep and dark that the prisoners have been known to go mad overnight. Tremble with terror as the ghostly games on All Hallows Eve become too real for comfort... From the mysterious boy in the wood to the deadly white killer, these stories will keep you on the edge of your seat - or glancing uneasily over your shoulder. Thirteen spooky stories that are sure to chill your blood, from bestselling author Pamela Oldfield.
"Great Spook Stories.....for kids"
Hugo Kendal and his wife, Margaret, finally receive a royal pardon and are permitted at last to return to their beloved homeland. Most of the family warmly welcome the couple and the news that they are soon to become three. However, despite the smiles, Hannah Kendal cannot help but dwell on the threat that Hugo might pose to her husband Simon's position as Master of Heron.
Steve, Debbie, Howie, and Bet decide to go and cheer up an old lady who's in hospital. Their visit is a great success, but on their way out they discover they've been entertaining the wrong old lady! When a Bird Show is held in their village, the gang borrow a parrot and enter it in the 'Most Talkative Bird' competition, with hilarious results.
The Gumby Gang - that's Steve, Debbie and Howie - are back again and in tow are the two non-members, four-year-old Bet and Buster the dog. At one of their regular meetings it is decided they should go camping. After everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, they end up wishing that they'd gone to the First Aid demonstration instead! And then at another meeting on the old houseboat, Gumby II, they lose their mooring and start to drift down the river...
Canterbury, 1900. Olivia Fratton thinks that if she hears the words “Isabel’s Wedding” one more time she will scream. The oldest of the four Fratton siblings, it falls to her to arrange her little sister’s wedding, and she struggles to cope with their limited budget. Olivia is not the only Fratton with worries.
1902, Bath: When the housekeeper suddenly resigns, 17-year-old housemaid Daisy is left to cope alone with the almost bedridden owner of the house, Montague Pennington, Esq. Monty’s unpleasant relations begrudgingly search for a new housekeeper, as lively Daisy takes charge. However, serious problems arise as a mysterious stranger begins to target the entire family.
It seems that the Penningtons hold dark secrets, and the past cannot be suppressed for much longer.…
1904, London. Lydia Daye adores her husband John, but his secret government job means he is often away. She consoles herself with her small son, Adam, and the knowledge that John's salary allows them to live comfortably. Dolly Ellerway lives just two miles away, but in a different world. Pregnant, she is delighted when the father of her child says he'll marry her, even though he can barely afford it.
The famous Gumby Gang are back – and they’re in great form! Full of new ideas and good intentions, Steve, Debbie, Howie and Bet (and of course Buster the dog) are out to find fun and adventure as well as do good deeds and raise some money to buy Buster a new lead. But nothing ever goes the way they’ve planned. For instance their good deed for Mrs Jones ends up with a wild chase after six runaway chickens!
1912, Henley-on-Thames. Twenty-Four-year-old Marianne Lefevre is alone in the world: her parents both dead and her brother in faraway India. She is pleased to be taken on as governess in the affluent Matlowe household and hopes the position will become permanent. But as Marianne grows closer to the young twin girls and to the rest of the staff, she becomes increasingly concerned. Why are the children forbidden to go near the boat house at the end of the garden?
We first meet Melanie Brown when she decides to go to school, in Melanie Brown Goes to School. In Melanie Brown Climbs a Tree, she is nearly six and determined to get her own way. She gets stuck up a tree, has her school photograph taken, smuggles Woolly Bear into the zoo and has her eyes tested. By the time she reaches six, in Melanie Brown and the Jar of Sweets, she is as headstrong as ever. Three stories about a feisty little girl, from best-selling author Pamela Oldfield.
Everyone knows that gangs have terrific fun! So Steve, Debbie and Howie decide to start their own. They invent a password to keep it really special and secret, but the only person who can remember it is Debbie’s four-year-old sister Bet. And who ever heard of a gang with a baby sister? Buster, the next member to join, has four legs, a long tail and a cold wet nose! Nothing daunted, the Gumby Gang set out on a series of hilarious adventures that always seem to go a bit wrong.
Rose Paton doesn't think she'll be singing at The White Horse for much longer. After all, she's got good looks, youth and talent on her side. But when mysterious stranger Marcus Bennley asks her to be his birthday present to his sister Marie – by singing at her party – she accepts. It won't lead to greater things, but it will lead to half a guinea. To Rose's excitement, the party is more than she could ever have hoped for.
The Willerbys' lazy holiday turns out to be anything but that when Jem disappears and Mr and Mrs Willerby are kidnapped by two bogus policemen. Things get even worse when Philip, Jane and Claire find themselves at the centre of an armed bank robbery. Could it be connected with the disappearance of their parents and Jem? The three of them are determined to track down the kidnappers. But there is real danger ahead... An exciting story featuring the Willerby family from bestselling author Pamela Oldfield.
Folkestone, 1921. Newly-wed Maude Brent couldn't be happier. When her much-loved elderly housekeeper Aunt Biddy starts to grow forgetful, her husband Lionel suggests that Maude hire a companion - and he knows just the girl. Initially reluctant, Maude trials the young Alice, and soon it's as if she'd always been part of the family. But when Lionel takes Maude on holiday to Hastings, tragedy strikes and he disappears.
Steve, Debbie, Howie and Bet, alias the Gumby Gang, have a real talent for getting into trouble. When they set off to spend a week with Steve's Gran in Winchingsea, their problems begin almost as soon as they board the train. They end up in the wrong carriage, and only a lucky accident prevents them from ending up miles away down the coast! On their first day in Winchingsea, the gang head for the beach, but thanks to Buster the dog's crazy antics, they soon have to beat a hasty retreat.
May, 1921. Elena believes her mother to be Hermione, and is hurt by the fact that she shows an obvious dislike of her. When Elena starts asking awkward questions the reason becomes clear. Seeking love and affection, the seven-year-old child turns to her nanny, Winifred, and adored father, Oscar, instead. Elena is thrilled when Hermione gives birth to a baby boy, James, but her mother is determined that Oscar should rewrite his will and make his new son the sole beneficiary.