The Surplus Girls


Manchester, January 1922.

Belinda Layton is a surplus girl - one of the many young women whose dreams of marriage perished in the Great War, with the death of her beloved fiancé Ben. After four years of mourning, she finally feels ready to face whatever her future holds without him. But Ben's mother and grandmother, with whom Belinda lives, can't countenance her putting him to rest, while her own family - well, all they care about is getting hold of her meagre factory wages.


When Belinda joins a secretarial class to try to better herself, little does she imagine that it will open up a whole new world to her. For not only does she learn to type, but she meets the beguiling bookshop owner Richard Carson... and falls head over heels in love. But who is this man to whom she has entrusted with her heart, and what does he really want?


As Belinda fights to follow her dreams, can she move forwards from all the devastation and loss, and take a chance at happiness?



With its intertwined plot-lines, exploration of relationships and strong female characters, The Surplus Girls is written for saga readers who enjoy character-driven books with an accurate historical setting and satisfying emotional content.


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The audiobook is published on February 1st and will available on CD, MP3 and as a download. Links will be added here upon publication.