A captivating saga set on the eve of WWII in Liverpool, where life for one girl is about to change forever.
Molly's mother died when she was just a child and she helped her grief-stricken father look after their tiny home in their tight-knit Liverpool street. Lacking confidence, Molly's always felt in the shadow of her sister June, but as the Second World War breaks out, she sees a chance to do her bit.
Enlisting in the Women's Voluntary Service, Molly is terrified of what lies ahead, but she also meets Eddie and lives for the time they spend together. In their snatched moments when Eddie is on leave from the Navy, the two of them happily plan their future.
After tragedy strikes, Molly's dreams are snatched away, but she knows there is more at stake that one broken heart. Molly wants to be brave like her mother would have wanted her to be - can she find the courage to carry on for the sake of her country and her family?
A Mother's Blessing was first published in 2006 with the title Goodnight Sweetheart.
Annie Groves was the creation of the much-loved writer, Penny Halsall, who died in 2011. Penny was born and lived in the north-west of England all of her life and the Annie Groves novels drew on her family's history, picked up from listening to her grandmother's stories as a child.
Penny's legacy of heart-warming and uplifting novels lives on through writer Jenny Shaw - who knew Penny personally for many years.
Praise For Annie Groves
'An engrossing story.' My Weekly
'A stirring and heartrending family saga…Against a backdrop of change when the suffragette movement was coming to the fore, the choices and dreams of a generation of women combine to create this passionate story.' Liverpool Daily Post
'Heartwrenching and uplifting in equal measure - a tragic indictment of what can happen when you swap passion for duty. Roll on the sequel!' Take a Break
'The perfect book to curl up with.' Yours