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The Linen Queen

The Linen Queen

(2011)
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Abandoned by her father and neglected by her mother, Sheila McGee cannot wait to escape the drudgery of village life in Northern Ireland. Working in the local linen mill and living off the reluctant charity of relatives is well enough for her ma, but Sheila craves a place where she will get the attention and love she deserves. London may be under attack by the Germans, but it still offers far more opportunity for a clever and attractive young woman such as herself. Winning the title of Linen Queen doesn't just validate her self-confidence; the prize money provides the funds to get away. Though she's ready to leave immediately, her Ma has other plans for her money and it seems her looks aren't enough to get the necessary papers to enter England in the midst of the war.

Deferred but still determined, Sheila continues to look for a means of escape, and finds it in the arrival of American troops who set up base in her home town. At first Sheila sees only diversion and excitement in this new situation, and then maybe a different path to freedom in the form of an attractive Jewish-American army officer named Joel. But despite her intentions, Joel's affection and wisdom begin to affect Sheila. The arrival of a street-wise young evacuee from Belfast named Grainne, and her childhood friend, Gavin, further complicate her plans. As the war moves steadily closer to those she has grown to love, Sheila will not only confront more abandonment and loss, but also find true strength, compassion, and a meaning for her life outside of herself.

Genre: Historical Romance
 
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Hardback Editions

March 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: The Linen Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Falvey
ISBN: 1-59995-200-9 / 978-1-59995-200-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Street
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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Linen Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Falvey
ISBN: 1-4555-4460-4 / 978-1-4555-4460-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Street
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Linen Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Falvey
ISBN: 1-59995-199-1 / 978-1-59995-199-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Street
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Linen Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Falvey
Publisher: Center Street
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Linen Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Falvey
Publisher: Center Street
Availability: Amazon UK   



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