Portsmouth in the 1920s is the background for this heartwarming saga of two young women who have to make their way alone in a harsh world.
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 fianc , 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.
A rich first novel . . . packed with interesting people living what might appear to be mundane lives, but of course they are not. We get an insight into the lives of the families of sailors, their good and bad fortune, their ups and downs. Decent people who we want to win through. - Betty Burton on WAITING FOR THE TIDE
Julia Bryant creates a vivid picture of Portsmouth in the final years and aftermath of the "Great" War of 1914-1918, weaving it into a story that pulses with the warm blood of humanity. - Rhona Martin on WAITING FOR THE TIDE
Here's a great excuse to put your feet up and escape into a world which celebrates Portsmouth's past...It's really well worth the read - Portsmouth News on WRITTEN ON THE TIDE
Fresh and thoughtful. - Historical Novels Review on BORNE ON THE TIDE
A vividly told and heartwarming saga. - Coventry Evening Telegraph on BORNE ON THE TIDE
A pulsating and heart-warming saga peopled with human and compelling characters and with convincing dialogue . . . a rich first novel. - Yorkshire Post on WAITING FOR THE TIDE
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.