Helen Carey Books
‘Helen’s novels are written with a lightness of touch, an emotional integrity and an historical accuracy which has brought her respect from critics and readers alike by making this period of history accessible to large audiences worldwide.’ Louis de Bernières
Lavender Road opens in September 1939 at the outbreak of war and follows the entwined lives of the people who live in one narrow south London Street through the first year of hostilities. Everyone suspects that the war will change their lives, perhaps for ever … and mostly they are right. ‘This novel, with its vivid portrayal of wartime life on the Home Front, creates a rich tapestry which depicts in all its fascinating detail the story of South London at war. Helen Carey’s characters are so real that they live on with you beyond the page. Sparkling storytelling.’ Western Telegraph
Some Sunny Day. It is 1940 and as German bombs begin to fall the people of Lavender Road find themselves right in the thick of it. The railway interchange Clapham Junction and the anti aircraft guns on Clapham Common are a target for the Nazis which makes things increasingly difficult for local residents as they try to carry on their everyday lives. ‘Despite the privations and the danger, living and loving must go on. This novel vividly depicts the courage, the grit, the emotion and the defiant laughter of war torn London when, as friends and neighbours, men and women, rich and poor, the inhabitants of Lavender Road face up the the trials and tribulations of the London Blitz.’ Western Telegraph
On a Wing and a Prayer follows the war into its third year and people in Lavender Road are now pushed to the limit. Everyday life is hard enough in London in 1941, but it becomes much harder when the constant anxiety for loved ones, the demands on courage and the privations of war are added into the mix. And yet for one person in Lavender Road, Helen de Burrel, the real implications of being at war become even more personal when she finds herself volunteering to join the Special Operations Executive. Nobody knows that her cool exterior conceals such courage … and such fear. But it is 1941, and for her at least, the sense that each day could be her last spurs her on. It also means that love, when it strikes unexpectedly, is doubly dangerous. ‘Unputdownable.’ Western Telegraph
Slick Deals. ‘Like a mixture of Dick Francis, Kate Atkinson and Ben Elton, Slick Deals ticks all the boxes for an exciting, topical page-turner.’ A child is kidnapped in Monaco. The British government is about to license oil exploration in the Irish Sea. The only person to see a link is Ella Crossley, a young oil trader in London. But Ella doesn’t want to get involved. She certainly doesn’t want to get involved with the irritating, American environmentalist Nick Jardine, uncle of the kidnapped child. But when the action moves from Monaco to London and then to West Wales and an attempt is made on her life, Ella discovers that the only people she can trust are a group of tepee dwelling eco warriors. And as she and Nick Jardine get closer to finding the hostages and to exposing the truth so it becomes imperative for the perpetrators to stop them. Permanently.
The Art of Loving. Kelly has won a scholarship to work with the acclaimed artist Wilhelm Brock in the beautiful German city of Heidelberg. She has also managed to arrange to stay with a long lost aunt while she studies. So far so good. But what she hasn’t accounted for is the angry, brooding presence of eminent nuclear physicist Max Dreiecke von Hardtwald, who is not only her aunt’s step-nephew, but also owns the magnificent house where her aunt lives. Nor has she realised that her aunt is dying and that Max believes that Kelly has materialised out of the woodwork at this precise moment in order to benefit from her substantial will. ‘I guessed it would make me cry but I didn’t know it would make me laugh!‘
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