A heartwarming and dramatic World War I saga of secrets, love and the British royal family for readers of Daisy Styles and Maisie Thomas. Based on the Saward family, who ran the train station at Wolferton, the local stop for the Royal Sandringham Estate.

by Ellee Seymour
Zaffre, April 2022
(via Northbank Talent Management)

Roll out the red carpet. The royal train is due in half an hour and there’s not a minute to be wasted.
It’s 1915 and the country is at war. In the small Norfolk village of Wolferton, uncertainty plagues the daily lives of sisters Ada, Jessie and Beatrice Saward, as their men are dispatched to the frontlines of Gallipoli.
Harry, their father, is the station master at the local stop for the royal Sandringham Estate. With members of the royal family and their aristocratic guests passing through the station on their way to the palace, the Sawards’ unique position gives them unrivalled access to the monarchy.
But when the Sawards’ estranged and impoverished cousin Maria shows up out of the blue, everything the sisters thought they knew about their family is thrown into doubt.
THE ROYAL STATION MASTER’S DAUGHTERS is the first book in a brand-new World War I saga series, inspired by the Saward family, who ran the station at Wolferton in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through this history-making family we get a glimpse into all walks of life – from glittering royalty to the humblest of servants.

Don’t miss the second book in the series, The Royal Station Master’s Daughters at War, published in March 2023.

Ellee Seymour is an author, ghost writer and PR consultant. The Shop Girls is her first book as an author. It was a joy for her to research and write this heart-warming true story about a glamorous bygone era, based on an elegant ladies’ department store in Cambridge with its very own Mr Selfridge-styled character as the boss who the shop girls either loved or loathed. Heyworth’s closed 49 years ago and had all but faded from living memory when Ellee began researching the book. Ellee lives near Cambridge.

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