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Annie Groves is the pseudonym of British bestselling author Penelope “Penny” Halsall.

Born in Preston, England, Penny loved reading from an early age.

She was a passionate storyteller way before she ever made a living from writing.

Penny wrote historical fiction under the pseudonym Annie Groves, thrillers under the pen name Lydia Hitchcock, and regency novels under the name Caroline Courtney.

She also authored other books under the pseudonym Melinda Wright.

Her novels have sold millions of copies around the world.

Penny lived in Nantwich, Cheshire before her death in 2011.

More about Annie Groves

Genre: Historical Fiction

Born: 1946 / Died: 2011

United Kingdom

Pseudonym: Annie Groves

Empire Street Books

  1. Child of the Mersey (2014)
  2. Christmas on the Mersey (2014)
  3. The Mersey Daughter (2017)
  4. Winter On The Mersey (2017)

Pride family Books

  1. Ellie Pride (2003)
  2. Connie's Courage (2004)
  3. Hettie of Hope Street (2005)

World War II Books

  1. Goodnight Sweetheart (2006)
  2. Some Sunny Day (2006)
  3. The Grafton Girls (2007)
  4. As Time Goes By (2008)

Article Row Books

  1. London Belles (2010)
  2. Home for Christmas (2011)
  3. My Sweet Valentine (2012)
  4. Only a Mother Knows (2013)
  5. A Christmas Promise (2013)

Campion Family Books

  1. Across the Mersey (2008)
  2. Daughters of Liverpool (2008)
  3. The Heart of the Family (2009)
  4. Where the Heart Is (2010)
  5. When the Lights Go On Again (2010)

The District Nurses Books

  1. The District Nurses of Victory Walk (2018)
  2. Wartime for the District Nurses (2019)
  3. Christmas for the District Nurses (2019)
  4. A Gift for the District Nurses (2020)

Detailed book overview

Empire Street Books

Child of the Mersey

"Nothing will ever be the same again on Empire Street."

Kitty Fisher can never seem to catch a break.

Forced to take charge at a young age following the demise of her mother, she is constantly cooking, cleaning, and struggling to provide for her alcoholic father and willful brothers.

Rita Kennedy is determined to get a home she can call her own, having lived with her husband and cruel mother-in-law.

Perhaps that could help fix their marriage that is already on the rocks.

For these two women, and many other like them in Liverpool and the entire nation, the war will bring nothing but heartbreak and devastation.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0007550807
Publisher: Harper Collins
Christmas on the Mersey

This is no longer the phoney war. Nazi bombs are destroying Liverpool.

Rita Kennedy confronts some devastating truths about her husband, Charlie.

She nonetheless still has to play the role of a committed wife, despite the fact that Jack Callaghan, her childhood lover, has been good to her.

Will they be able to control their emotions—or could their long-held friendship grow into something more?

Kitty Callaghan constantly works in order to prevent herself from worrying about her brothers.

Tommy returns, only to face danger, while Danny is looking for trouble again.

Although she loves Frank Feeny, what does fate have planned for them?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0007550821
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Mersey Daughter

Rita Kennedy is no longer fooled by her useless husband, Charlie, who runs away with his stunning woman, making Rita the subject of unwelcomed gossip.

Although she is uncertain about what the future holds, Rita is propelled by the will to protect her children from Luftwaffe, and encouraged by the letters from her childhood sweetheart, Jack Callaghan.

Kitty Callaghan is plunged into an entirely different world after joining the WRENS.

Although she falls for a handsome doctor, she just can’t get Frank Feeny, the courageous officer from Empire Street, out of her mind.

As Liverpool is devastated by the blitz, Rita and Kitty must confront heartbreak and misery as they hope for a better tomorrow.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0007550845
Publisher: Harper Collins
Winter On The Mersey

A youthful woman joins the Women's Royal Naval Service in an effort to assist in the war.

Given the demanding nature of her work, Kitty barely ever has any free time.

However, upon being posted back to her home in Liverpool, she ends up crossing paths again with Frank Feeny—the courageous officer from Empire Street whom she has never been able to forget.

Although victory is assuredly for Britain in the war, will Kitty look forward to the future with great promise?

Will she ever learn to fall in love again?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0007550869
Publisher: Harper Collins

Pride family Books

Ellie Pride

It’s the early 1900s.

Ellie Pride must create her own path following the unfortunate death of her mother.

Although she is drawn to local craftsman Gideon Walker, the deathbed vow she made to her mother prompts Ellie to push him away.

With her father still reeling from the loss, Ellie is forced to live with her aunt and uncle.

When her uncle however shows a brutal side that she never knew existed, Ellie is forced into a terrible marriage in order to escape the suffering.

Though married to another man, Ellie never forgets about Gideon.

Given the multiple challenges she faces, will Ellie ever emerge victorious?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0007149551
Publisher: Harper Collins
Connie's Courage

Connie Pride is feeling dejected.

Pregnant and abandoned by her lover, she is also bullied by her uncle.

But despite her misery, Connie has no intentions of asking her alienated family for help.

Rescued, she is trained as a nurse.

Despite the long shifts and demanding nature of the work, Connie has a good time with her colleagues and the recently drafted soldiers.

With a place to stay and a means of earning her daily bread, Connie seems to be heading in the right direction.

Everything however changes when a figure from her dark past returns to haunt her.

Will she be brave enough to fight for her future?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0007149575
Publisher: Harper Collins
Hettie of Hope Street

When Hettie was orphaned, Ellie Pride and her husband welcomed her into their home.

Hettie however still felt isolated.

Coming of age and gifted with a lovely voice, she decides to pursue her dreams, only to find herself working in the kitchens of a restaurant.

Her luck however changes when her boss hears her singing.

Moved from Liverpool to London, Hettie is introduced into the vivid theatrical world which unfortunately has a sinister side.

When disaster however strikes, Hettie is forced to make the ultimate decision.

This is an enchanting book about finding real love and becoming accomplished despite facing overwhelming odds.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0007149599
Publisher: Harper Collins

World War II Books

Goodnight Sweetheart

When Molly Dearden lost her mother at a young age, it is her sister June who took care of their family.

Now on the brink of adulthood, Molly’s future is threatened by the Great War.

When terror erupts, she joins the Women's Voluntary Service where she learns to become her own person.

It's also while there that she meets and falls in love with Eddie .

Although the two plan to share the rest of their lives together, disaster strikes.

Shattered, with the devastating nature of the war reaching her doorstep, Molly must be strong in order to protect those dear to her.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0007805068
Publisher: Harper Collins
Some Sunny Day

Rosie Grenelli hails from a Liverpool based community of Italian origin. With her father at sea, her mother becomes drawn to other men.

They community has always been treated as locals.

However, when war erupts and Italy becomes an enemy of the Allies', friends become foes and neighbors turn into turncoats.

When her mother is killed after a vicious attack, Rosie is forced to live with her cruel aunt.

With her father reportedly missing at sea and a deadly family secret exposed by her aunt, Rosie runs away, becomes a Land Girl, and finds love.

Can her forbidden love however survive the war?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2006
Ebook: B000SEGJNK
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Grafton Girls

Diane Wilson moves from Cambridge to Liverpool to not only work as a teleprint operator, but also heal her shattered heart.

She however has a terrible feeling the moment she meets Myra Stone. Could Myra's resentment and witty insults be attributed to some secret wounds?

Ruthie, who lost her father, works at the munitions factory in an effort to provide for herself and her mother. Her dull life however becomes vibrant the moment she meets the energetic Jess Hunt.

When four very different girls come together by war, a solid bond is formed.

But will the girls find real love—or trouble?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0007209675
Publisher: Harper Collins
As Time Goes By

“Two women struggle to hold their families together.”

Stationed in Liverpool after enlisting in the ATS, Sam Grey is determined to prove that she is just as competent as the men.

However, when she fails to get the opportunity to prove herself, Sam ends up having a heated argument with her overbearing boss.

Women get easily drawn to Johnny, who is a bomb disposal expert. Sam is however determined not to fall for him.

With her husband a prisoner of war, Sally’s only priority is to provide for her young children.

Juggling between working at the factory and the Grafton ballroom, Sally won’t reveal why she needs two jobs.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0007209699
Publisher: Harper Collins

Article Row Books

London Belles

"Four different women united by war."

Olive is forced to take in lodgers after disaster strikes.

Three desperate women come knocking at her door.

Sally, who left Liverpool for London, is no longer the person she used to be. Once a lively girl, she is homesick and wounded by treachery.

Dulcie lives the dream life in the West End. Originally from Stepney, where she is the outcast of the family, she enjoys the finest of clothes and makeup thanks to her job at Selfridges.

Agnes was raised in an orphanage after being abandoned as a baby. With war on the horizon and the orphanage relocating, she must find a new job and a place to stay.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0007361502
Publisher: Harper Collins
Home for Christmas

The year is 1940.

Hitler’s bombs have begun ravaging London.

Tilly and Sally, who work at Barts Hospital, have a front-row view of the destructive nature of the war.

Agnes offers to spend longer hours at her underground station in an effort to assist the multitudes trying to escape the devastation.

Dulcie, who has a broken ankle, is willing to let bygones be bygones. With her sister dead, she is desperate to make peace with her alienated mother.

Sally returns to Liverpool which invokes bitter memories, only to receive a rude awakening.

This moving book is about love, heartache and finding true freedom.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0007361519
Publisher: Harper Collins
My Sweet Valentine

Tilly has been swept off her feet by handsome American journalist, Drew. His secret could however jeopardize their blossoming love.

The plot thickens when Rick, Dulcie’s brother whom she desired for years, returns into the picture.

Agnes has fallen head over heels for train driver Ted, while Sally is madly in love with her boyfriend who is a surgeon.

Olive, Tilly’s mother, has finally found healing after the death of her partner. However, the man she has fallen for belongs to another woman.

The only one who is alone is Dulcie.

With Valentine’s Day drawing nearer, their hearts and lives will be impacted by the war.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0007361533
Publisher: Harper Collins
Only a Mother Knows

German bombs have greatly affected the lives of Londoners Tilly, Sally, Dulcie and Agnes.

Tilly is determined to marry Drew, troubled that something may prevent them from living happily ever after. Could her fears become true?

Olive, Tilly’s mother, ends up being the subject of uninvited gossip after assisting her neighbor and friend, Sergeant Dawson.

The war has reunited Dulcie with her former lover, David, who has endured life-changing injuries. Could something beautiful emerge from their friendship?

Meanwhile, Agnes is about to encounter something that will forever alter the course of her life.

Amidst the war, these women will discover a lot more about loss and heartbreak.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0007361571
Publisher: Harper Collins
A Christmas Promise

Tilly is left shattered after her beloved Drew goes back to America and never returns.

How could he turn his back on their vow to love each other for the rest of their lives?

Olive, Tilly’s mother, knows the real reason why Drew has never reached out. She however fears that the truth will destroy her daughter.

The war has also brought much pain to Tilly’s friends, Agnes and Sally, just as it has to the rest of England.

But it gets worse before it gets better.

Could the fate of the girls and the war turn for the better?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0007361557
Publisher: Harper Collins

Campion Family Books

Across the Mersey

Twins Jean and Vi are complete opposites.

Although the former is proud of her diligent and sincere husband and their children, she and her family barely have enough.

Vi on the other hand has brought up her children to always expect the finest that life has to offer. With her husband now the new local councilor, their family now has a stunning new home.

However, as war begins, tough decisions must be made.

Should the oldest children join the army? Should the youngest ones be relocated for their own safety?

While preparing for the Second World War, a Merseyside family desperately tries not to have a fight of their own.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0007265282
Publisher: Harper Collins
Daughters of Liverpool

Katie feels nothing but agitation upon arriving in Liverpool.

Given the secret nature of her work, she is not allowed to share anything even with her family.

As such, she reveals that she is there to assist with the war effort, rather than play around with the servicemen.

Luke, a wounded Dunkirk veteran, isn’t going to risk his heart being shattered again.

Although his mother is deeply worried about him, she already has a lot to deal with in regards to her youngest children, who want to go on the stage despite the war.

But as the blitz begins in Liverpool, everybody will learn what truly matters in life.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0007265886
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Heart of the Family

Although the Campions have always been united, they start contemplating moving their youngest children, the twins, to safety—far away from the blitz.

Indivisible since birth, the twins start realizing just how different they are. To find what she wants, Lou feels she must move far from home.

Elsewhere, while running a nursery for young children, cousin Bella learns that there is more to life than just pleasure.

Although she isn’t really the helping type, Bella’s compassionate side is revealed when someone from the past shows up at her home.

In order to survive the desperate times, the Campions must be there for each other now more than ever.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0007265909
Publisher: Harper Collins
Where the Heart Is

Lou Campion enlisted for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, violating the wishes of her family.

Having disappointed her parents and twin sister Sasha, will Lou—who has always been a nonconformist—finally adhere to very strict rules in order to succeed? Or will her quest end in dishonor?

The rest of the family is troubled by grief.

Katie's hopes for the future are shattered, Fran's youthful husband is on the brink of death and Bella's forbidden passion must remain hidden.

Nonetheless, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Campions will soon discover that a hero lives amongst them.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B004FN1QEW
Publisher: Harper Collins
When the Lights Go On Again

It’s Autumn of 1944. The allies are descending on Italy.

The Campions are doing their best, with the hope that peace may soon prevail.

Sasha, now Bobby’s fiancée, has been haunted by dreadful memories ever since she was saved from a bomb shaft. She will however need help if she is to confront her fears.

Lou, who left her family and twin Sasha, is making great progress in the WAAF.

Everything however changes when the incredibly good-looking American GI, Kieran Mallory, breezes back into her life.

In London, Katie seems to have gotten over being heartbroken by Luke. Everything however changes when she receives an unexpected letter.

Could the future be brighter than the present?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0007265947
Publisher: Harper Collins

The District Nurses Books

The District Nurses of Victory Walk

Moving from Liverpool to London, Alice Lake is looking forward to starting her schooling as a District Nurse.

Her journey there has however faced its fair share of challenges.

Her parents were of the opinion that Alice should have gotten married and started a family of her own, but that was never a priority for her, having already gotten her heart crushed before.

Based in the East End, the hopes of Alice and her closest friend Edith are shattered after Hitler’s blitz wreaks havoc in London.

While taking care of the ailing and wounded, Alice must gain composure even as she confronts her own grief and adversity.

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0008272210
Publisher: Harper Collins
Wartime for the District Nurses

Alice Lake and her dearest Edith have had a tumultuous first year as District Nurses in the East End.

From babies born outside marriage to mistreated wives, the two girls have had a lot on their plates.

As rationing intensifies and Hitler’s army seeks to destroy London, escaping the war seems just as improbable as ending it.

Faced with her own grief, Edith must put on a brave face in the midst of a terrifying war.

Unbeknownst to them is that their nursing skills will be summoned in the deadly aftermath.

Given that the men are deeply embroiled in the war, the services of the nurses will be needed now more than ever...

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008272241
Publisher: Harper Collins
Christmas for the District Nurses

Hitler’s bombs have devastated London’s East End.

Locals are struggling to accept the destruction that is their new normal.

With the rationing intensifying by the day, everything that makes daily life easier suddenly becomes scarce.

As for the District Nurses, the troubles have only just worsened.

Passionate about her work in the Civil Nursing Reserve, Gladys desperately needs her sister’s help at home, only for her to end up in trouble.

Struggling to come to terms with her boyfriend's abrasions following Dunkirk, will Edith place her heart over her career?

As the war reaches its peak, will the nurses, and everybody else, muster the courage to push on?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008272272
Publisher: Harper Collins
A Gift for the District Nurses

The year is 1943.

Two new members have joined the District Nurses.

As the entire nation prepares for D-Day, the two recruits get to know their patients in the East End of London.

Lily isn’t certain of herself and is convinced that she won’t learn anything new. But what happens when she meets an enchanting man who fills her with endless promises?

Ruby doesn’t believe that being a nurse is her destiny. Is she as desperate as she seems, or could terrible times reveal her best qualities?

With everything on the line, will the nurses do what’s best for their nation and for themselves?

Author: Annie Groves
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0008402334
Publisher: Harper Collins