North Sea Shells


When German shells hit Hartlepool in 1914, the lives of everyone in the small coastal town are changed forever.


With letters from the Front being the only contact she has with husband, George, and both parents now dead, Martha, a naive, young mother, is forced to stand on her own two feet and rebuild her world.


In her struggle to become independent, she is devastated to learn that not everyone can be trusted to have her best interests at heart, especially those closest to her.


George returns home In 1916, apparently suffering from shell shock, and she finds her loyalty to him tested to the limit against everyone's accusations of cowardice.  But will she still defend her husband when she discovers the secrets he is keeping?



A story of love, loss, pain and courage during the Great War.


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C. Sapsworth comments,

“Fantastic read. Had me on edge a few times. Some parts you imagine being there yourself. Very good descriptions. Why did it finish so soon , would love to read more. Cannot write too much or it would spoil it for anyone that has not had the chance to read it yet. Highly recommended.”

Holly writes, “This is a super, page-turning read. The period detail is really well observed and brings WW1 and the lives of the women left behind alive. A thoroughly enjoyable book.



James says "This first novel is an enjoyable, well-paced insight into the lives and loves of the men fighting the Battle of the Somme and the women on the home front supporting their men and fighting their own battle for social change. Full of period detail."


Christine Murray says "I have just finished this wonderful book, I related to the characters immediately. I was not expecting the end, though . Excellently written. Can't wait for more from C J Richardson. "


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