Saga Saturday! Please welcome the fabulous saga author, Sheila Riley...

Hello Saga readers!

My name is Sheila Riley, although you may have heard of me by the name of Annie Groves, the name I inherited after the original Annie sadly passed away, after writing the first two books into a four- book series. I was invited to complete the remaining two books of the series with Only A Mother Knows and A Christmas Promise, before I went on to create the Empire Street series with Child of The Mersey and Christmas on The Mersey.

   The Orphan Daughter is the first of the Reckoner’s Row series with my new publishers, Boldwood Books - a fabulous, independent publishing house with over fifty years of publishing expertise - so I know I am in good hands. I feel privileged to be their leading saga author with The Orphan Daughter, which was published on 5th September and is set in the Mersey Dockland just after ww2.

Sheila Riley's new saga trilogy focuses on the trials and tribulations of the dockside community of Liverpool’s Reckoner’s Row (Boldwood Books, 2020) The first in the series, The Orphan Daughter, is set post-WWII when wartime privations are still in place. Three families: the Kilgaren’s the McCrea’s and the Harris’s are touched by crime, fears, laughter and tears– but most of all, love is at the heart of Sheila’s tales of this close-knit Northern community.
Born in Southport and brought up not far from the river, she was a ladies hairdresser for over thirty years before her love of writing encouraged her to put away the scissors and take up the pen. She previously wrote four bestselling novels under the name Annie Groves.
Married to her knight in rusting armour, Tony, she has three grown-up children, five adored grandchildren, a majestic German Shepherd called Max and an insatiably energetic Siberian Husky called Louis.

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Evie Kilgaren is a fighter. Abandoned by her mother and with her father long gone, she is left to raise her siblings in dockside Liverpool as they battle against the coldest winter on record. But she is determined to make a life for herself and create a happy home for what’s left of her family.
   Desperate for work, Evie takes a job at the Tram Tavern under the kindly watch of pub landlady, and pillar of the community, Connie Sharp. But Connie has problems of her own when her quiet life of spinsterhood is upturned with the arrival of a mysterious undercover detective from out of town.
    When melting ice reveals a body in the canal, things take a turn for the worst for the residents of Reckoner’s Row.
    Who could be responsible for such a brutal attack? And can Evie keep her family safe before they strike again?

A gritty, historical family drama full of laughter and tears from the author of Annie Groves’ bestsellers including Child of the Mersey and Christmas on the Mersey. Perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews, Katie Flynn and Nadine Dorries.

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