Hooks & Eyes

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Summary

A novel inspired by family history ... Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction
When young widow Mary Jackson moves to the nearby town of Birmingham she hopes to put her troubled past behind her. But with two small children to take care of, she fears for the future.

Living with an elderly aunt, she takes a job making Hooks & Eyes for the ambitious Mr Wetherby. With his mind focussed on building a business, he isn't looking for love. But it isn't long before he decides he wants Mary as more than a worker.

Frightened and confused, Mary flees. But when Mr Wetherby tracks her down, she needs to make a choice. Will her decision give the family the future she hopes for? Or will she destroy the very thing she’s determined to protect?

Set in Victorian England, Hooks & Eyes is Part 1 of The Ambition & Destiny Series. A captivating family saga of love, loss and betrayal.

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"The story […] is well constructed with strong characters and an interesting storyline and is deserving of a gold standard.” Books Go Social


5 stars: This promises to be a fantastic family saga series.

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About the Author

For the last 6 years, VL McBeath (Val) has been writing a series of books inspired by her interest in family history. When she started her research she had no idea what she would find or where it would lead. A couple of years later, however, she felt compelled to turn the unfolding story into a novel.

Initially intended as a stand alone book, the story has now evolved into 'The Ambition & Destiny Series', a family saga of Love, Loss and Betrayal set against the backdrop of Victorian England. A short story prequel to the series 'Condemned by Fate' is currently available and the first book of the main series, 'Hooks & Eyes', is due for publication in March 2017. Val hopes that book 2 will be available around mid-2017. Books 3 and 4 are already written and should be edited and ready for release later in the year.

Born and raised in Liverpool (UK), Val trained as a scientist and has worked for the pharmaceutical industry for many years. She now lives in Cheshire with her husband, two daughters and cat. In addition to family history, her interests include rock music and Premier League Football.

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