Saga brings wartime Cornwall alive

Betty Walker, a Bude-based author, has an uplifting World War II saga on sale this week, her second in the popular Cornish Girls series set entirely in the duchy.

Christmas With The Cornish Girls takes place over the winter of 1941, and is based around a fictional convalescent home for wounded servicemen in St. Ives. When a badly injured pilot refuses the doctors’ help, nurses Eva and Lily pull together to find out why, while Sister Rose fears the orphanage next door is mistreating its young charges. Can the Cornish Girls help each other through the darkest days of war and give everyone the sparkling Christmas they so deserve?

Author Betty, who has a daughter at Budehaven School, loves nothing better than writing her feel-good, easy-reading stories in cafés in and around Bude. The first book in her series, Wartime With The Cornish Girls, was out in August this year. It follows the lives of three women working for the government in wartime Cornwall – Violet, Eva and Hazel – who form a special bond of friendship when adversity strikes.

Sunday Times bestselling saga novelist, Kitty Neale, has praised Betty’s work, saying: ‘A fascinating story, beautifully written, with interesting characters I really liked. A most enjoyable read!’

Betty Walker also pens bestselling Cornish thrillers under the pseudonym Jane Holland.

Christmas With The Cornish Girls (Avon Books) is available in paperback from November 25th at all good bookshops and in Morrison’s supermarket, plus online in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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