Novels by GWEN MADOC

PUBLISHER: HODDER AND STOUGHTON. 

About the Author
Gwen Madoc lives in Swansea. She worked as a medical secretary and managed a medical clinic before joining the Civil Service. She studied for five years with the Open University. She loves Swansea and its people, and has a keen interest in local history.

1. DAUGHTER OF SHAME

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 Book Description
A gritty, compelling saga in the tradition of Meg Hutchinson

Synopsis
Set in the 1920s, Jenni’s story begins in the Welsh valleys and then moves to Swansea. Jenni Goodenough is a strong-willed heroine who is a survivor, despite the horror, traumas and obstacles she has to overcome. She has a terrible secret which she guards, but just when she feels safe and believes she has found love, an vicious enemy from her past threatens to expose her and ruin her life completely.

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2. BY LIES BETRAYED

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 Reviews
Bangor Chronicle
”Gwen Madoc is to be congratulated on a most enjoyable and very fine piece of literature. This another great read. As indicated on the cover, I’ve already recommended this most incredible story. Don’t miss it!’

Telegraph & Argus
‘Unputdownable…a touching story’

Synopsis
Swansea, 1926, and life for Stella is ever more difficult. The town has turned againts her through malicious and scandalous lies spread about her reputation and she loses her job. Then her husband returns with a secret that will change her life forever, bringing untold misery.

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3. BAD TO THE BONE

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 Reviews

Western Mail, on BY LIES BETRAYED
‘A rip-roaring romance’

Book Description
A winning Welsh saga in the vein of Meg Hutchinson

Synopsis
Kathryn Vaughan is heiress to a considerable fortune, which is unfortunately in the unscrupuious hands of her tyrannical stepfather, Luther Templar. He manages to persuade the man Kate loves that she is insane and without explanation he deserts her. She is devastated. On the eve of the new century Luther throws a lavish celebratory ball, and to Kate’s shock and dismay announces her betrothal to his nephew, Simon Creswell, a complete stranger to Kate. Luther’s terms to Kate are simple – she either marries Simon or is committed to the local lunatic asylum for life. Luther expects to obtain Kate’s shares through Simon, but Simon has devious plans of his own. Will Kate survive the machinations of these two powerful men? 

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 4. NO CHILD OF MINE

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 Book Description
A sweeping and lush saga about a tyrannical father and a fiery daughter . . .

Synopsis
The death of her father catapults Beth into the heart of a feud between her mother, Esme, and Esme’s sister, Mae, a feud that has been raging since Mae married Dan, the love of Esme’s life. But in time Beth will discover that Dan is rather more than an uncle – he is her real father, something he refuses to acknowledge. Not only does Dan bitterly deny her as his daughter he is also out to destroy her, but Beth has steel in her backbone and fights back with all the power she can muster.

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5. THE STOLEN BABY

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 Reviews

Book Description
A winning Welsh saga in the vein of Meg Hutchinson.

Synopsis
Fletcher Watkins is furious when his half-brother, Sir Tegwyn Watkins cuts off his allowance and names his newborn daughter as his heiress. With help from the ruthless gambler Jebediah Crabbe, he forms a callous plan to kidnap baby Blanche and have her murdered. When the child is snatched the nursemaid Nesta is also taken. Has Nesta the gumption and the courage to save the baby and herself from certain death?

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6. HER MOTHER’S SINS

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Reviews

Synopsis
In the Meg Hutchinson tradition comes a story of evil and redemption, set in turn-of-the-century Swansea. Innocent Swansea beauty, Elvi Lloyd is bitterly ashamed of her mother’s profession – Sybil scrapes a living by holding fraudulent seances for gullible middle-aged women. Then, a prosperous shopkeeper named Bernard Pomfrey comes into their lives, and Sybil thinks vainly that he’s falling for her mature charms. But Bernard, who leads a double life, is more evil and vicious than either Sybil or Elvi can imagine. He has set his mind on having his wicked way with innocent seventeen-year old Elvi before forcing her into prostitution, while at the same time ensnaring her mother in a scheme to defraud a rich widow. With the help of Connie Lamar, who loves him despite his constant betrayals, Bernard is Swansea’s most successful brothel-keeper. Yet, Bernard may have pushed Connie too far. Her secret daughter Lynnys is also seventeen, and when she too comes under threat from an increasingly violent Bernard, Connie may be the only one who can save both girls from their mothers’ sins.

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  Synopsis
This title is set in Swansea, 1915. When Ruth’s father Jacob, a fiercely religious zealot, forbids her from marrying her sweetheart, David Beale, the young couple are devastated. It seems that Jacob has promised his daughter to the village pastor, a dour and self-righteous man much older than her. Threatened with expulsion from the family, Ruth marries Edwin, against her will, and David – angry and heartbroken – joins the army. In 1918, David returns from the war and, shortly after, Ruth gives birth to a long-awaited son. In this tight-knit, strongly Methodist village community, neighbours gossip and tongues wag. When her jealous husband threatens baby Andrew’s very life, Ruth knows she must do whatever it takes to protect her beloved child…

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