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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of The Paper Mill Girl set in RYHOPE, SUNDERLAND

9th May 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer you 3 copies of The Paper Mill Girl by Glenda Young, set in Ryhope, Sunderland.


3 copies of The Paper Mill Girl

‘She’s just a paper mill girl.’

Seventeen-year-old Ruth Hardy works long hours at Grange Paper Works, with her younger sister Bea, and spends her free time caring for their ailing parents. Their meagre income barely covers their needs, so when Bea reveals that she is pregnant out of wedlock, Ruth knows even tougher times are ahead.

Ruth’s hard work at the mill does not go unnoticed and it looks as though luck might turn when she’s promoted. But when the arrival of Bea’s baby girl ends in tragedy, Ruth is left with no choice but to bring up her niece herself. However, news of Ruth’s plan brings a threatening menace close.

Although Ruth’s friendship with the girls at the mill, and the company of charming railway man, Mick Carson, sustain her, ultimately Ruth bears the responsibility for keeping her family safe. Will she ever find happiness of her own?


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The Paper Mill Girl is set on the coast of NE England, admittedly at a rather grim time in history. But it’s the seaside! So, in the comments below share with us how you hope to spend your Summer holiday. Will you be staying put in the UK this year? Or might you attempt to get away to somewhere warmer? Tell us your plans!!

Do this by midnight, 22 May 2021 and the first 3 names chosen at random will be sent a copy by the publisher.


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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 26/05/2021 at 8:55 am

    The winners are:

    Shirley A Lumley
    Margaret Gallagher


  2. User: Jane Orford

    Posted on: 22/05/2021 at 9:52 pm

    I’m staying in the uk ,I have a new granddaughter so shall be spending time with her


  3. User: lowie789

    Posted on: 22/05/2021 at 7:17 pm

    Staying in the UK, as we always do. Looking forward to North Yorkshire and Northumberland holidays this summer.


  4. User: gossamerbooktree

    Posted on: 22/05/2021 at 12:53 pm

    Love holidaying in the UK. Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay are some of my favourite places to visit.


  5. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 22/05/2021 at 5:22 am

    I’ll be staying in the UK but would love to travel to Scotland.


  6. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 21/05/2021 at 10:39 pm

    We will be staying in the UK, so lucky to leave by the beach!! (Worthing)


  7. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 21/05/2021 at 8:38 pm

    definitely staying in england this year!


  8. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 21/05/2021 at 7:34 pm

    Currently on a 3 week holiday in our campervan dividing our time between Bridlington and the North Yorkshire Moors. The weather has been cool but mostly dry and perfect for walking. The peace, quiet and breathtakingly stunning scenery of the moors was what hubby and I needed after a year of shielding. Lots of fresh air in the daytime and reading every evening coupled with a digital detox…….what more could we need?


  9. User: Shirley Ann Lumley

    Posted on: 20/05/2021 at 3:49 pm

    Oh can’t wait to get back out in our caravan X


  10. User: Kingfisher33

    Posted on: 19/05/2021 at 4:40 pm

    After a year in shielding, we are going to make the most of our own home, garden and local area this summer as we are still taking things a day at a time. Hopefully we can plan a staycation in the UK next year.


  11. User: aspella

    Posted on: 19/05/2021 at 4:14 pm

    I’ll be spending my summer holiday in my back garden but I’ll escape to different locations by reading books.


  12. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 19/05/2021 at 2:59 pm

    At home with my 88 year old dad – still taking everyday as it comes – day trips and LAUGHTER


  13. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 19/05/2021 at 1:48 pm

    Staying in the UK this year will maybe stay in Devon


  14. User: Shaz162

    Posted on: 19/05/2021 at 12:37 pm

    We will be staying home which won’t be to bad as we live in Cornwall. Family will be coming to see us so that will be fabulous


  15. User: Inaka

    Posted on: 18/05/2021 at 9:59 am

    We have a staycation booked in Devon. It will be my little boys first holiday and first time seeing the sea. I cant wait.


  16. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 16/05/2021 at 3:58 pm

    Leaving it to the last minute but would love to get away somewhere I haven’t been before. But the UK is amazing too – perhaps the North East coast.


  17. User: Yatota74

    Posted on: 16/05/2021 at 10:29 am

    Hopefully Switzerland to visit my family seen its been well over a year since I last could go and see them all


  18. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 16/05/2021 at 6:45 am

    Where the book is set…..Sunderland, my home city -for this year anyway.


  19. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 9:59 pm

    We’re keeping it sunny Devon this year!


  20. User: andyi

    Posted on: 15/05/2021 at 1:48 pm

    myself and my partner hope to move house. So no plans for a holiday.


  21. User: Laura

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 6:39 pm

    We will probably be hoping to go to north Wales somewhere near a beach.


  22. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 10:46 am

    I would love to go abroad but expect I will have my summer holidays in a tent somewhere by the sea.


  23. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 14/05/2021 at 9:17 am

    We will be staying put. We’re incredibly lucky to live in Filey, so we don’t need to travel, we can enjoy all the fun of the seaside at home.


  24. User: debwh142

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 8:37 pm

    Staying at home in the UK safest place to be at the moment


  25. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 7:04 pm

    My parents and I are hoping that I can make it over to their house in France this summer – fingers crossed!


  26. User: moggy

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 5:34 pm

    hopefully in garden enjoyig the sunshine with my family and two brilliant gradaughters


  27. User: lakes

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 5:33 pm

    I will be staying at home and decorating our new home, as there is so much to do


  28. User: NeuroWarrior

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 4:43 pm

    I will not be having a holiday this year as lack the funds, will take annual leave and enjoy walks in the local area and catching up with my reading


  29. User: Becky Patterson

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 4:20 pm

    I’ll be staying in the UK, exploring more of my local area.


  30. User: michael hanley

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 4:00 pm



  31. User: Amy

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 1:42 pm

    im hoping to visit the lake district


  32. User: Kathleen Marsden

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 10:00 am

    We will be staying at home this year. Maybe do a few weekend breaks but we’re saving to visit relatives in Canada next year hopefully


  33. User: RobZZ

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 9:18 am

    Staying at home, Gardening.


  34. User: Carol Greenfield

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 8:29 am

    Quite fancy a cruise around the UK but not stopping, very relaxing and a chance to get away from it all but still not sure on all the testing we will have to do both before and after, if all else fails then the garden looks good.


  35. User: Katrina Adams

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 7:49 am

    We’ll be in the UK for the Summer but are hoping to go to Greece in October for our anniversary. I do plan to make the most of every sunny day in the UK though. BBQs, beach walks and fun in the sun are going to be a must!


  36. User: Sandrajoy

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 5:54 am

    I hope to get to the Lake District we missed out last year so fingers crossed


  37. User: Yorkshirelass

    Posted on: 13/05/2021 at 2:45 am

    I would love to go somewhere hot later in the year when most people will have had the vaccine


  38. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 9:36 pm

    We will be sitting in our garden looking out over fields and reading our books. Bliss.


  39. User: Denice

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 9:05 pm

    We’re not planning on going anywhere on holiday this year. Not worth taking any chances with Covid rates being so unpredictable.
    Hopefully we’ll have a nice summer to do little day trips to quieter places and have local walks.


  40. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 12/05/2021 at 8:56 pm

    I would love to visit the New Forest, maybe just for a day trip though as everything seems really expensive!


  41. Definitely have no plans to leave the country for the foreseeable future, Covid passport or not!

    We shall be avoiding all the tourist bottlenecks during the school holidays and will plan our own trips around those dates.

    I suspect our National Trust Membership will take a hammering this year!


  42. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 10/05/2021 at 8:06 am

    We’ll be staying in the UK this year. A friend has a flat on the south coast they have offered us the use of – not too far from home but in a peaceful village and with a gorgeous sea view. A perfect spot to recover from the last year.


  43. User: Michie

    Posted on: 10/05/2021 at 6:43 am

    Hoping for sunshine so we can relax in the garden and if we are lucky get away to Devon for a few days.


  44. User: philatel

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 9:17 pm

    Hopefully, if the weather is OK, I will be quite happy sitting in my garden with books and wine!


  45. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 8:08 pm

    Definitely staying in the UK! I’ll go and stay with my boyfriend but not sure we’ll want to do trips within the UK for quite a while yet. Mainly because of crowding.


  46. User: Ellie Lane

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 6:56 pm

    I’m still uneasy about public transport, in spite of having both covid jabs. Plus my husband has only recently been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, so there will be no travelling anywhere for us.


  47. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 6:44 pm

    I’ll be staying put in the UK this year. I’m not ready to travel abroad just yet. I hope to be able to visit some friends and relatives in Yorkshire and Derbyshire once the weather warms up a bit.


  48. User: milli

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 5:46 pm

    Hoping to stay with family and explore The Cotswolds. Things are looking up!


  49. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 5:41 pm

    I’m lucky enough to live quite near the coast in West Sussex so beaches, cafes, restaurants, boats & a pier are just a bus ride away.
    I look after my grandchildren part-time & they’d happily spend all day at the seaside…not planning to go anywhere else this Summer.


  50. User: Janine

    Posted on: 09/05/2021 at 5:19 pm

    Hoping to visit my son in Cyprus later in the year x


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