Morning lovelies.  I hope you’ve got a lovely and relaxing Sunday planned.  First up today I’ve got an extract for you on the blog tour of The Mersey Girls by Sheila Riley.  Enjoy!

book blurb & info

Liverpool 1950

When Evie Kilgaren takes over the running of the back office at Skinner and Son’s haulage yard, she has no idea she is walking into a hive of blackmail, secrets and lies.
Her fellow co-worker and childhood nemesis, Susie Blackthorn, is outraged at being demoted and is hell-bent on securing the affections of local heartthrob Danny Harris.
Grace Harris, a singer on the prestigious D’Angelo transatlantic ocean liners, is returning home engaged to be married. But Grace is harbouring her own shocking secrets and something valuable her fiancé very desperately wants back.

As we return to the lives and loves of those who live and work in the Mersey Docklands, not everything is as it seems and love and luck are rarely on the same side.

Published by: Boldwood Books on 18th August 2020

Formats available: Audiobook & eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


Chapter 1

February 1950

Grace Harris believed she was going to be a star without Clifford Brack’s help. His promise to marry her a month ago was meaningless when she discovered he had been cheating on her with a host of women. The betrayal steeling her determination to succeed without him.

Thank God only her family knew she and Clifford had been engaged. She would never have been able to hold her head up again if the crew had got wind of it.

Her soulful voice had taken on a gutsy edge after a week in sickbay, feigning laryngitis. Her stunning smile dazzled the elite audience on her first show of the New Year, and hid her inner humiliation of Clifford’s sleazy assignations with any woman to whom he snapped his fingers.

The truth came out after a blazing row, when the New Year show ended, and was the real reason for her sore throat on New Year’s Day. Fortunately for her, the on-board doctor said she must rest her voice; the ensuing days in sickbay gave her plenty of time to contemplate.

When Grace tried to give Clifford back his engagement ring, he said with a sneer, ‘Keep the damn thing. After all, it’s only sparkle and has no worth. I can always get another if I want one.’ Grace believed he wasn’t just talking about the ring.

Her climb from the chorus line had been a long one; she had learned her craft from the bottom rung before Clifford noticed her, unlike chorus girls who hung on to every flattering lie he uttered, and offered themselves up to him so readily. Although, she too had been ensnared by his fine words and empty promises when he told her he had contacts who would put her name in lights. But he never introduced her to any of them.

You’re going to be a star. You are not just a girl from the backstreets of Liverpool! Everybody is going to love you.’ Eager for the limelight, she believed every flattering word he uttered, which was a far cry from the stinging putdown that brought their fleeting engagement to a sudden halt. ‘You came from the gutter and I can put you back there,’ he sneered. ‘Don’t ever forget that.’ His throwaway remark was branded on her heart and grew over the sickbay days into an invisible shell of armour that made her determined to be the woman she wanted to be. Not the tramp he expected her to be.

about the author

Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing the Reckoner’s Row series under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years.  She still lives in Liverpool.

Where to find Sheila online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Facebook ~ Bookbub ~ Newletter Sign Up


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Rachel’s Random Resources

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Sheila for sharing an extract with us.

I’d love to hear what you think if you’ve read this, so make sure you give me a shout.

Back soon!

Chelle x

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