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Julia Bryant



Julia Bryant was born in Portsmouth: her step-father and husband both served in the Navy. She trained as a nurse, then after her three children grew up, earned an honours B.A. in English and history. She and her husband now live in Portsmouth once more.

Visit her website at www.juliabryant-online.com.

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The Water is Wide

Julia Bryant
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Julia Bryant

Set in Edwardian Portsmouth, this is the enchanting story of a girl who has to choose between an exciting secret love and the boy everyone thinks she will marry.     Beautiful Fidelis McCauley instantly falls for handsome Lieutenant Daniel Herrick when he rescues her hat from blowing away during the triumphant celebrations marking the return of his ship. Fidelis is determined to escape her treadmill existence and her chance meeting with Daniel seems to open new doors for her.    But loving Daniel is risky - his father, a marine colonel, will disown his son if he finds out about his secret affair with a servant girl. And will Daniel, who has grown accustomed to his privileged background, be willing give up everything for the one he loves?    Meanwhile Fidelis has already promised her hand to a childhood friend Harry, drifting into the engagement to please his family whose house was a second home while she was growing up. But Harry is far away in India with the Royal Marines.

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The Restless Tide

Julia Bryant
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Julia Bryant

Portsmouth in the 1920s is a city of vivid contrasts between the comfortable and the destitute. Thousands of men have been laid off from the Royal Naval Dockyard and many are begging in the streets.   Mary Vine believes her luck has changed. After surviving her first nineteen years, fiercely defending her chaotic family against anyone who dares criticise them, she has found happiness at last with her fiancé, submariner Michael Miller.   Cissie Nugent has lost her position as housemaid and is surviving by selling her body to passing sailors. But she has further to fall as she is betrayed by the only person she has ever trusted.   Captain Charles Clements, once the employer of both Mary and Cissie, returns to Portsmouth after a humiliating divorce. Though a hero of Jutland, he must find a new sort of courage to face a future without his family.   Soon the lives of Mary, Cissie and Captain Clements will change for the better in unexpected ways.

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Written on the Tide

Julia Bryant
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Julia Bryant

Portsmouth in the 1920s is the setting for Julia Bryan'ts second novel about the Forrest family of Lemon Street in Portsea. It's almost a year since Lily Forrest waved her green shawl to her sweetheart Michael as his ship steamed off to the far east. She wishes desperately that he was with her now on the day when everything changes: Dad and his new family are leaving Lemon Street and Gran is getting married.She watches anxiously as her best friend Dora becomes swamped by the demands of her fiancé Harry Vine's shiftless family. While Lily learns of passion via Michael's letters, Dora plays a more dangerous game.Mary Vine fights for a place in life after the death of her mother. Sacked from her job as a scullery maid, Mary has to shift and scheme for herself. With rage and humour she drags her family along behind her. But even her resilience is tested by fire. Grandmother Beattie Forrest watches the arrival of new neighbour Dahlia Carruthers and wonders how she and her strange companions will fit into Lemon Street.And now Lily has discovered a secret that threatens to bring tragedy to all her family . . .

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The Spirit of Nelson Street

Julia Bryant
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Julia Bryant

Julia Bryant's novel captures the indomitable spirit of Portsmouth as the second world war shatters streets- and the lives of the women who live there. With the threat of World War II hovering over Nelson Street, family and friendship have never been more important. Rosie Forrest's grandmother always told her to 'live every minute' and that's exactly what she's doing. Rosie feels both excited at the opportunities before her and terrified of losing the people she loves. And when Blyth Vine walks back into her life, he complicates things even further. Pearl Bunting has suffered months of abuse from her violent brother Kenny. Finally breaking free of his domination, Pearl makes a new life for herself. But Kenny is still out there, and has freedom has its price... When the bombs start falling Rosie and all who live on Nelson Street are determined to preserve the Portsea way of life, no matter what the cost.

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Borne on the Tide

Julia Bryant
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Julia Bryant

The third saga of life in Victorian Portsmouth is the story of a girl who is rescued from the sea when just a child. Beatrice Salter has never known who her family is or where she truly belongs. Passed from family to workhouse, she finally finds a home and a place to feel accepted at the Mariner's Home for Children. She finds an unlikely friend in Dr Pragnell, the kindly gentleman who rescued her when she was a child. Working in his household, Beatrice observes the love Augusta Pragnell showers on her two sons, Albert and Samuel and realises what she has missed. Meanwhile Augusta, learning to accept her husband and the life she has chosen, puts aside her 'fripperies' and learns things about herself that she never knew. As the Pragnell household comes ever closer together, Beatrice and Albert find themselves thrown together in a situation which can only cause heartbreak to those they love the most.

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Waiting for the Tide

Julia Bryant
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Julia Bryant

Portsmouth in the dark years of the first World War is the setting of Julia Bryant's first novel in her series about the Forrest women of Portsea. The day the Jutland telegrams arrive in Portsea, the lives of three women change dramatically. Miriam Slattery, the barmaid at the Captain Hardy, believes that afternoon in 1916 will be the happiest day of her life. Instead, a terrible betrayal is waiting for her. Beattie Forrest, mother, grandmother and widow of sailors, faces tragedy again - while rescuing a family even harder hit than hers. And Lily Forrest, just twelve years old, will always believe that the telegram boy who brought the news of her brother's death stole her birthday. But all three women have reserves of courage and hope beyond even their own dreams. As the grim days of the war give way to peace at last, Miriam, Beattie and Lily go on to grab their futures with both hands. Soon each of them, in her own way, will find the love and security she has been craving.